San Diego Chargers: A Raiders Win Is Also a Great Win for San Diego

Heneli IongiAnalyst INovember 8, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders runs against Jon McGraw  #47 of the Kansas City Chiefs during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 7, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The stars are lining up for the Chargers this season.

After the big win against the Texans, in which the Chargers were severely handicapped, I took much interest in the Raiders and Chiefs game.

I thought I'd never find myself doing this, but I found myself rooting for the Raiders against the Chiefs. Why, you ask?  

The Chiefs headed into the game 5-2, while the Raiders were 4-4. It was in the interest of every Charger fan to see the final results of this game. The reason was fairly simple: If the Chiefs won, they'd be 6-2 and two wins in front of the Chargers. If the Chiefs lost to the Raiders, then the Chargers would be only one game behind both teams.  

Knowing this in mind, I did something I never thought I'd steep to: I rooted for the Raiders to win. Yeah, I did it, and I sure as hell was happy when they were able to pull it off.

With the Raiders beating the Chiefs, it puts the Chargers in a position to control their destiny again. In simple terms, the Chargers keep winning, they'll go to the playoffs.  

Looking into the future, the Chiefs' next four opponents include the Broncos, Cardinals, Seahawks and the Broncos again. This is bad news for the Chargers, as the Chiefs could easily go 4-0 during that stretch, putting them at 9-3. Let's hope that two of the four teams can at least get wins off the Chiefs.

As for the Raiders, their next four opponents are the Steelers, Dolphins, Chargers and the Jaguars. The Raiders could easily go 1-3 in this four-game stretch after the Week 10 bye.

The Chargers' next four opponents will be the Broncos, Colts, Raiders and then the Chiefs. I could see the Chargers going 4-0 easily. You may think I'm joking, but here is why the Chargers will go 4-0 in that stretch. Coming off the bye week, Vincent Jackson, Legedu Naanee, Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates, Larry English and Brandon Siler will all be back on the field. I don't see any team matching up well against the Chargers.

With the Chargers and Raiders both going to Week 10 with a bye week, all eyes in the AFC West will look at the Chiefs' next opponent, the Denver Broncos.

It is in the interest of the Chargers to get some help, although it's not needed for the Chiefs to lose again next week. Will it happen? I highly doubt it, but you never know: The Broncos might come away with a big-time win in Week 10 against the Chiefs.  

The Chargers should be happy today. They beat the Texans, and the Raiders did us a favor by leveling the playing field.