Win and we’re in. That’s all there is to it. Sounds easy, and looks good on paper, but San Diego really is better than their record indicates (six of their losses come from blowing 4th-qtr. leads), and Philip Rivers is always dangerous, especially when Antonio Gates is healthy.
Rookie DE Joey Bosa looks like a good draft pick for the Chargers so far, and may have some impact plays in this game. But they don’t have much of a running game, and this is essentially a glorified home game for the Raiders anyway. Guaranteed there will be more black jerseys than blue ones.
And the Raiders have something to play for, their first playoff berth since 2002. The Chargers will do their best to push that off one more week, but this should be a good rebound game after last week’s disappointing loss in Kansas City.