Can a man change? Can a team change? These are questions that must be asked of each and every Oakland Raider. If a team changes, it is because each man played optimally and the team interaction and reactions were optimal, too.
Something good did happen earlier this year. The Oakland Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers. After twelve consecutive losses to the Chargers, the Oakland Raiders won this year on their 13th try.
We can only be convinced that the Oakland Raiders are truly better than the San Diego Chargers in 2010 when we look at the head to head data, and if the Raiders defeat the Chargers on December 5. Will that happen? Time will tell.
Here is the pattern, expressed with a table of numbers for head-to-head data for the past ten years.
The first row shows Oakland's score and the second row shows the Chargers' score. The third row shows the point difference, for the past eleven games.
In the nineteen encounters between the Chargers and the Raiders, the Raiders score is in a range of 13 to 17 points for ten times, which is about 50 percent of the time. If I were to forecast, I would say that the Oakland Raiders will score between 13 to 17 points, as a modest guess.
Since the Raiders won by eight points in the 2010 game, a speculation that it is likely that Oakland can win the game by a small margin is reasonable.
There's no doubt about it: It's going to be a tough, hard-hitting game. In earlier years, Oakland dominated the Chargers. Lately the Chargers have dominated the Raiders, except for the game in 2010
Let's hope the win for Oakland is not a outlier, but a indicator that the trend "to win" has begun.
Go Raiders! Strive hard to win, again.