It's game day for the Raiders. They face their second division rival opponent of the season tonight when the Chargers come to town. Here is all you need to know heading into the game.
What: Oakland Raiders (1-3) vs San Diego Chargers (2-2)
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland CA
When: 8:35pm Pacific time, October 6, 2013
TV: Live NFL Network nationally, KRON 4 Bay Area
Online: NFL Game Rewind
Before we get to this game, let's get caught up on last week's news and storylines:
If you are just now noticing the Raiders game is started at 8:35pm Sunday night. No that isn't a typo or mistake. That is the time the game was moved to due to the A's playoff game against the Tigers Saturday night.
The Raiders lost to the Redskins last Sunday. They began the game 14-0 and couldn't score again the remaining three quarters to fall 24-14. The losses of Marcel Reece, Darren McFadden, and Stefen Wisniewski were felt as well. Reece returned to practice while McFadden and Wisniewski did not. Both are doubtful for the game.
Matt Flynn was a disaster in his first start as a Raider. As a result, he was not just sent back to the bench, but he is now farther down that bench. He was demoted to third string in favor of undrafted rookie, Matt McGloin.
A couple players returned to practice this week - rookie tackle Menelik Watson and wide receiver Andre Holmes. Watson is returning from knee injury that had him out the first four weeks of the season and Holmes is back from suspension. Watson could play in this game but the team has yet to decide what to do with Holmes. They will have until next week to decide.
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As I mentioned, Darren McFadden and Stefen Wisniewski are doubtful. See the entire injury report here.
The big concerns with injuries are along the offensive line. It is a mess of plug-in players that doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.
With McFadden out, Rashad Jennings will be getting the start. He should do well against a very weak Chargers defense.
Terrelle Pryor will start once again after missing a week with a concussion. This is the first team Pryor has faced for the second time. He got his first start in the NFL against the Chargers last year's season finale.
It will be a full house again.The Raiders have now avoided local blackout for all three home games this season after meeting the requirement every game last season.
The O.co coliseum crew has less than a day to complete switch over from the A's to the Raiders. See photos and video of the speedy change-over.
Be ready for the team the Raiders will face with my Five Good Questions with a Chargers blogger.
You can also get a good feel for the strengths and weakness of all the AFC West teams with the AFC West Quarter-season roundtable.