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It's Raider week

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
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    October 9, 2007
    It's Raider week. For the first time in recent memory, the Chargers' head coach did not begin his media conference with those exact words.
    Oh, the irony. Norv Turner is not the Raiders-killer Marty Schottenheimer was. Schottenheimer was 27-7 against the Raiders and reveled in his disdain for the silver and black.

    In contrast, Turner was fired by the Raiders after the 2005 season, and he prefers not to speak of his time in Al Davis' employ.
    Their contrary approaches in no way diminish the importance of Sunday's game.
    In fact, this game has more meaning to both teams than any in Schottenheimer's five years here.
    “Obviously, this is a different Raiders team and they're building something,” LaDainian Tomlinson said of the 2-2 Raiders, who have won two straight. “This is going to be a huge game. It's probably been awhile since our game has meant something, to be honest. Now it's back to that old rivalry.”
    The teams are playing for first place – something they haven't been fighting over in a meeting this late in the season since 1968. While archrivals based on geography and a link to the old AFL, the franchises just haven't been good in the same seasons that often.
    And with the Chargers having won seven straight against Oakland and the Raiders coming off a 2-14 season, few expected Sunday's game to mean so much either.
    “Once our guys start looking at the tape, as intense as this rivalry is, I think it will pick up,” Turner said. “I think our guys will understand the Raiders are a lot different team than they were a year ago.”
    MT a Charger

    General Manager A.J. Smith reiterated yesterday that Michael Turner will remain a Charger through the 2007 season, the same thing he promised when he took Turner off the market in April.

    Teams such as Green Bay and Tampa Bay might be willing to give up draft picks and/or players for Turner's services, and fans lament that Smith will give away another talent (e.g. Drew Brees and Donnie Edwards) for no compensation in free agency.
    But Smith covets Turner not only for his contributions in situations such as Sunday's blowout victory at Denver, in which Turner ran 10 times for 147 yards and a touchdown, but also for insurance in case Tomlinson were to get hurt.
    “The most important thing is this season,” Smith said.
    Smith also expects to get a third-round pick as recompense for losing Turner in free agency.
    Culpepper to start

    In a big change from previous weeks, all the secrecy about which quarterback would start for the Raiders was put to rest yesterday.

    With Josh McCown still limping around in a walking boot and Daunte Culpepper coming off a five-touchdown performance before the Raiders' bye week, coach Lane Kiffin saw no reason to keep secret his decision about the starting quarterback against the Chargers. He said it will be Culpepper.
    “I won't prepare any differently,” Culpepper said.
    Nuts 'n' Bolts

    [​IMG] Defensive end Jacques Cesaire (ankle) and receiver Vincent Jackson (shoulder) could be limited in practice but are expected to play against the Raiders.
    [​IMG] The Chargers expect receiver Eric Parker (toe) and backup fullback Andrew Pinnock to return after the bye week, which follows Sunday's game.

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