What’s more gratifying than uploading nude photos of an unfaithful ex? Beating the San Diego Chargers.
The Oakland Raiders (4-10) will fly south to Qualcomm Stadium in Week 16 to play a match with playoff implications. The Chargers (7-7) need to win this and the next, while the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins must lose out for San Diego to earn the sixth seed in the AFC. Oakland has the rare opportunity to crush dreams while returning a favor from seasons past.
Back in Week 17 in the 2011 campaign, the 8-7 Raiders were hosting the 7-8 Chargers for a chance at the division crown. The Tim Tebow-led Denver Broncos (who were controlling their own destiny) had lost to Kansas City Chiefs, which opened the door for Oakland.
In front of a stunned Black Hole, Philip Rivers scorched the air for three touchdowns and the Raiders laid an egg at home. Despite gaining 520 total yards, Oakland face-planted 38-26. The Raider Nation painfully wept and the team hasn’t recovered since.
Fast forward to now, and the Chargers sense the hope they can turn a page on the post-LaDainian era. Behind the energy of a fresh new head coach (like the 2011 Raiders), the squad is racing down the stretch to make up for unlucky breaks earlier (like the 2011 Raiders). The city of San Diego NEEDS this victory not only for postseason hopes but to erase the stain of a loss to Oakland in Week 5. For the Silver and Black, this is a chance to tear out the hearts of Charger faithful.
Both franchises have suffered so much of late, it’s not really humane to wish the torture for either club to continue. But a rivalry never sleeps, and a Raiders victory in Week 16 would add another chapter to the underrated AFC West duel.
Plus the sweet, savory taste of revenge.