CAPTION: August 30, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Jacob Hester (22) is consoled after dropping the catch against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
Sep 4, 2012 – The Oakland Raiders will open their 2012 campaign on Monday Night Football when they take on the San Diego Chargers at the Oakland Coliseum. There is no doubt that the theme of this game is one of firsts. The first season opener without Al Davis presiding over the team. The first time Darren McFadden and Carson Palmer will play as teammates in the regular season. The first time that Dennis Allen will lead an NFL team in a regular season game. But most importantly, the first time that Raiders fans and people all over the country will see the results of Reggie McKenzie’s overhaul of the team.
He was the first Canadian (Western Ontario) underclassman drafted by an NFL team when the Chargers selected him (4th round, 113th overall) in 2009. He arrived 40 pounds heavier than he is today (now 6-4, 300) and he was apparently oblivious to San Diego’s rivalry with the Raiders since he wore a silver and black track suit to an interview during his rookie orientation.
The Chargers are once again poised to end the season on a hot streak with games against the Panthers, Jets and Raiders. The beginning of the season could once again be challenging with a four-game span against the Falcons, Chiefs, Saints and Broncos heading into the bye week that could define the season.