Advantage: Scheduled Match-ups.
Last Season's Record: 1-1
In the past two seasons, the Chargers are 1-3 against the Raiders. Times have changed in just a few years. Before going 1-3 in the past two years, the Chargers won 13 straight against the silver and black.
Carson Palmer's career quarterback rating vs. the Chargers is 128.4. He doesn't have many weapons to throw to, but when Darren McFadden is healthy, the Raider offense is pretty good.
McFadden hasn't shown he can stay healthy throughout an entire season and they don't have Michael Bush to back him up anymore, so that's a positive for San Diego.
Season Match-Ups: Sept. 10 @ Oakland, Dec. 30 vs. Oakland.
The Chargers begin and end the season playing their biggest rival, so their intensity should be very high. The advantage they have with the scheduled match-ups is the fact that they play their best football on Monday Night Football.
Seeing how the division usually comes down to the last week of the season, their game against Oakland could determine if they make the playoffs.
Philip Rivers has a record of 24-3 in December and the second highest passer rating for the month in history. He is also very good against the Raiders on Monday Night Football. The 2009 season was the last time the two teams faced off on Monday Night with the Chargers earning their 12th victory in a row.
Alex Ramirez is a Featured Columnist for the San Diego Chargers on Bleacher Report. @alexramirez127