WE NEED THIS WIN! WE NEED THIS WIN! WE NEED THIS WIN!
Both teams enter this first Thursday night matchup of this season’s second half in remarkably similar situations. The Raiders and Chargers are presently locked in a three-way tie with Kansas City for first place in the AFC West, and each of these participants also finds itself mired in a midyear losing streak, with San Diego having dropped three straight contests following a 4-1 start and Oakland coming in off back-to-back frustrating defeats to the Chiefs and fellow division member Denver.
For the first time this year, he threw more touchdowns than interceptions in a game. He had the offense rolling against the Packers, and there’s good reason to think that will continue on Thursday night against Oakland.
Two reeling teams that somehow remain atop their division open the NFL’s Thursday night package in Oakland. Picking a winner could come down to who throws more picks: Philip Rivers of the Chargers or Carson Palmer of the Raiders.