Beating the Chargers seems unlikely, given on response of the oddsmakers who have made the some 16-point favorites last time I looked (they’re pretty good at their job) and the Raiders’ own play of late.
But it seemed unlikely the Raiders would beat Kansas City two years ago, given their nine-game losing streak to the Chiefs and a staggering 19 game run of defeats in the AFC West. Both of those streaks came to an end when the Raiders prevailed 20-17.
In Week 4 of that season, on Sept. 30, Oakland beat up the Miami Dolphins 35-17, rushing for 299 yards, ending a 12-game losing streak on the road.
For what it’s worth, Justin Fargas helped put away both of those games with big second halves, gaining 139 yards on 22 carries against the Chiefs and 179 yards on 22 carries against the Dolphins.
A big by game Fargas (or Michael Bush, or both) would seem mandatory if the Raiders are to end their one remaining streak. The San Diego Chargers own a 12-game winning streak over the Raiders, with Oakland last winning 34-31 on Sept. 28, 2003.
A few other facts regarding the series and the streak before I had off for a the better part of the day to a fall baseball tournament:
– The Chargers have scored at least 21 points in all 12 games. The Raiders have never scored more than 20. They lost 24-20 in Week 1 this season.
– The Chargers have won by an average of 15.0 points (they are plus-180 in the 12 games). The average score is 28.25-13.25.
– The Chargers won by more than seven points nine of 12 times.
– The Raiders held a 54-31-2 advantage in the first 87 games of the series.
– San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson is 39 yards shy of gaining 2,000 career yards against the Raiders going into his 18th game. The Raiders won four of the first five against San Diego when Tomlinson arrived.