The Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders have both had to deal with the challenges of making a stamp on their new fanbases. While the Chargers have been gradually improving their attendance after moving from San Diego, the Raiders need to prove that moving from Oakland was the right move.
With the Raiders having one of the largest national fanbases in the league, their fans have loved taking shots at the Chargers for their perceived lack of attendance. Turns out playing with the cadaver of Philip Rivers in a soccer stadium was not appealing for the team. Who would have guessed?
While both Chargers and Rams games have admittedly been taken over by rival fans in the past, with the Raiders' strong LA fanbase making an impression in their annual tussles, Vegas' Week 4 game against the Denver Broncos was laughable.
The crowd in Allegiant Stadium looked way too orange for what is supposedly a Raiders home game. Though Vegas managed to pick up their first win of the season against a reeling Broncos team with a coach in over his skis, this looked as much like a Denver home game as it did a Raiders contest.
Chargers fans should mock the Raiders after Week 4 win.
The Raiders are just 29th in home attendance and 25th in percentage of seats filled. The Chargers rank 15th in the former category and 22nd in the latter. While not a dominant showing from the Chargers, it's certainly good enough to completely nullify any doubts about how committed this fanbase is to support the club.
Why would Raiders fans want to fill up that brand-new stadium given the product being put on display? Before their Denver win, Vegas was the only team in the league who started out 0-3. Josh McDaniels won his first six games as a coach, but he is 6-20 since then. Davante Adams is declining. What is the appeal?
While the Chargers are far from perfect, given how the Jaguars came into SoFi and beat the brakes off them, they were able pull off a win against the Texans. As long as Justin Herbert is there, the Chargers will be a box office attraction in ways the Raiders aren't.
The Raiders should worry about trying to make it back to the playoffs, as they seem to be devoting an unhealthy amount of energy to figuring out how many Chargers fans are passing through the SoFi turnstiles. Winning games will always put butts in the seats.