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Wimbley may not know his contract status, but he knows he doesn't like Philip Rivers
After finishing their second tilt with the Denver Broncos, the Raiders travel down I-5 to San Diego for a tilt with the rival Chargers.
Heading into the 2010 season, the Chargers, despite little tangible success to show as a result, had beaten the Raiders in 13 straight games.
Yes, that's right. Thirteen straight times. From 2003-2010, the Chargers beat the Raiders an embarrassing 13 times in a row.
Not quite as embarrassing as when the Raiders either beat or tied the Charges (16-0-2) 18 times in a row in the late '60s and early '70s, but the majority of people who like to claim Charger dominance over the Raiders weren't even a gleam in the eye of their deadbeat dads at that point.
Nor as embarrassing as the fact that the Chargers may have dominated the Raiders for that time period, they didn't beat anyone of consequence and underachieved every season, usually flaming out early in the playoffs. So good on you, Bolts.
Raider players were fed up, so they came out hard in 2009. In the season opener, they didn't win on the scoreboard but asserted their will so forcefully more than five Chargers were carried off the field.
That continued last season as the Raiders beat the Chargers up again, but this time, it also translated into victories.
This season, the Raiders are getting the Chargers in Week 10. Norv Turner's teams tend to start very slowly and pick things up later on in the year, so the timing could've been better.
But Norv Turner's teams are also showing a pattern of regression, and the Chargers aren't scaring people anymore. I know their special teams coach is gone, but so is Ron Rivera, who was the general behind the NFL's No. 1 defense last season.
I fully expect the Chargers to continue regressing and end up in second, or even third place, in the AFC West. The Raiders, Broncos and Chiefs are all younger, and it's simply Rivers that keeps San Diego afloat recently. As they continue to ignore their offensive line, and the rest of the conference continues to improve their pass rush, the Chargers are going to feel it. I know the Chargers think they have a dominant line: newsflash guys. You don't. We ran roughshod all over you last season.
It'll be great when the Raiders sack Rivers 5-plus times and force at least one fumble. I love watching that guy throw tantrums.