Losing 13 consecutive times to the same team is enough to tick off anybody.
Linebacker Sam Williams, who is among the most even-tempered, pleasant personalities on the Raiders, has had it with losing to the Chargers.
He was a rookie on Sept. 28, 2003, inactive and watching from the sideline, when the Raiders beat the Chargers 34-31.
So while teammates such as quarterback Bruce Gradkowski and Langston Walker chose to focus on the future, Williams is still smarting from the past.
“We don’t like it. We don’t like the Chargers at all. We don’t like anything about them,’’ Williams said. “We don’t like them, so we’re going to end this streak. That’s our goal . . . it’s something about the Chargers, San Diego and the Raiders that don’t mix.’’
Lechler, part of a Raiders team which won five of six from the Chargers from 2000 through 2002, also chose to address the streak head on rather than push it to the background.
“We talk about it. It was addressed this morning in a team meeting,’’ Lechler said. “We know what’s going on. It’s unfortunate, I thought we played well last year in the opener, down to the wire, could have gone either way.
“Even at their place it went back and forth for awhile. It’s our first division game, and we need this one bad. I mean, this could jumpstart us, get us back on track, and it’s something we haven’t done around here for awhile is beat the Chargers. It’s very much in the back of everybody’s mind.’’
More to come . . .