Despite neither team being in postseason contention, Sunday’s season finale at Qualcomm Stadium will still be of great importance for one main reason.
It’s Raiders week.
Every member of the Chargers roster recognizes that the game takes on extra meaning when it’s against their bitter rivals in silver and black.
“We’re in the same division and we’re located rather closely to one another,” said
Sunday marks the 107th meeting between the Chargers and Raiders. While Oakland leads the all-time series 58-46-2, the Chargers have dominated lately. San Diego has won two in a row and 15 of the last 18 in the series. That includes 13-straight wins from 2003-09.
“It’s personal,” said the veteran linebacker. “I’ve learned that. It’s one thing to hear about it but (another) to actually see it and play in the games…It’s a personal deal.”
“I’m getting the feeling that it’s pretty extreme,” he said. “A lot of people ask me how I feel about it and if I’m excited about it, and I am real excited about it. It’s kind of like, if you don’t win this game, it’s a hard way to go out. So I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a pretty big challenge.”