I picked the Raiders tonight against San Diego.
At their best this year, Oakland has been far better than anything the Chargers have shown. Oakland has far more talent on defense, and Carson Palmer played better last week than people realize.
The biggest problem with this theory: Oakland’s secondary. It wasn’t good to begin with, and it’s rather banged up for Thursday night’s game.
Cornerbacks Chris Johnson and DeMarcus Van Dyke are out. That means Lito Sheppard is starting at cornerback; Sheppard was re-signed only a couple of weeks ago. Safety Michael Huff (ankle) is also questionable.
The Chargers may not be able to take full advantage, because they will be without wideout Malcom Floyd. Still, we expect a lot of points to be scored by both teams in this huge division tilt.