For the Raiders, Sunday represents another game for the team to decide on being Jekyll, or Hyde.
For the Chargers, it's a chance to kick a little more dirt on Al Davis's team, who have had a horrible streak.
The Raiders have given their fans a trick-or-treat season, looking good in the first game, barely losing to the Chargers, then rebounding with an ugly win against the Chiefs.
Then several ugly losses later, the Raiders beat the Eagles in Oakland, shocking many in the football world. A week later, they reverted to form and were clocked by the Jets, 38-0, their worst loss at home ever.
For the Chargers, it has been a season of question marks. Thought by many to be going to the Super Bowl, they came out of the gate with a win against Oakland but then went 2-3 in the next five games.
Their last game matched them up with the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that is truly wondering which way is up. The result was to be expected, a 37-7 thrashing that was equal parts Chiefs ineptness as it was the Chargers letting loose against a division rival.
For the Raiders, some simple things need to happen for the team to get the win against the Chargers this week.
First, the team needs to find it's offensive skills. Russell needs to be accurate, with good timing. Fargas and Bush need to rip into the Chargers line often and keep them off-balance. The wide receivers need to make the catches to keep the team moving downfield.
Second, we need the second coming of the Legion of Doom. Greg Ellis, Richard Seymour, and company need to bring the Chargers to a standstill.
Odds are good the Chargers will use their running game and the Raiders need to stop it early and often.
Against the Eagles, if the opponent tried something creative, it looked like the Raiders read it and responded. A sweep was stopped behind the line. Heavy blitzing broke through often, finding Donovan McNabb holding the ball. If we can use this heavy blitz package, our game gets easier.
Lastly, the team has to play smart. Last week the Raiders made a number of missed tackles, even Tom Cable was pointing this out, but it goes beyond that. Players being out of position, not having enough guys on the field, guys unsure of what play is going to be used—these are textbook things that are learned on day one.
Hopefully, the upcoming practice will give a good snapshot if the players are listening. Or if it's possible, to weed out the dead weight.
Oakland does have some players possibly coming back into the huddle this week. Guard Robert Gallery has been practicing, which can only help this team. As the offensive line works back into their area of comfort, JaMarcus Russell may get his time needed to work with the receivers.
A win Sunday, would be considered a miracle.
We've already seen one, this year. Anyone up for another?