Oakland Raiders: 5 Keys to the Chargers Game for Oakland

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Oakland Raiders: 5 Keys to the Chargers Game for Oakland
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Oakland opens the regular season against San Diego on Monday Night Football.

On Monday night, the Oakland Raiders will host the San Diego Chargers, the team that diminished their playoff hopes last season.

Since that Week 17 loss that extended the Raiders' postseason drought to nine years, there has been a serious cultural shift in Oakland.

For the first time since 1963, the Raiders have a general manager that's not named Al Davis. They also have a new coach, new coordinators and a new-look defense that will try everything in its power to erase the memories of last season's defense.

Standing in their way is their long-time AFC West rivals, the San Diego Chargers. After a disappointing 2011 season that featured a six-game losing streak, the Chargers won four of their last five games of the season, including a Week 17 victory in Oakland.

It's always bad blood when the Chargers and Raiders square off. San Diego has also won eight of the last 10 matchups in Oakland.

Here are five things the Raiders must do in order to come away with a victory on Monday Night Football.

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