The first divisional test for the Raiders is in The Black Hole, which is good. Unfortunately this early test doesn't come against the Chiefs or Broncos, but against the most recent Kings of the AFC West mountain, the San Diego Chargers.
Oakland's secondary must play disciplined, not bite on double moves, or allow Jackson or Legadu Naanee to get behind them.
Putting a lot of pressure on Rivers will go a long way to prevent that. If the Raiders can get Rivers on the ground early and often, their chances of winning are greatly increased.
The continued hold-outs of Marcus McNeil and Vincent Jackson would play right into the Raiders' hands.
If the Raiders expect to win, they absolutely must control the clock with Michael Bush and the running game; passing only when necessary.
The Chargers have a good pass rush and secondary, so punishing the middle of their front seven should bring the safeties into the box, then Jason Campbell can exploit them with the deep play action pass.
Key Match-ups: Richard Seymour and Lamarr Houston versus the Chargers offensive tackles
Projection: Raiders-13 Chargers-20