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News » San Diego Chargers Inside Slant 2009-03-27


San Diego Chargers Inside Slant 2009-03-27


San Diego Chargers Inside Slant 2009-03-27
The Chargers at least know where and when they will be playing one of their 16 regular-season games in 2009: Welcome to the Black Hole, Bolts.


The Chargers will face the Oakland Raiders, their longtime and most hated rival, to kick off the season as the second game of a "Monday Night Football" doubleheader on Sept. 14.

The game is part of the NFL's tip of the hat to the old AFL, by matching the original AFL teams against each other. The Chargers, like the other originals, are celebrating their 50th season this year.

And what better way to get fired up for the first game than staring at the Raiders and being on a stage where there is but one game to watch.

"The Chargers-Raiders rivalry is always a heated match up," said Chargers coach Norv Turner, who was the Raiders head coach for two seasons before coming to San Diego. "Our fans always get a little extra excited when we play the Raiders, and this will be a great way for us to get things going."

The Chargers will be attempting to win their fourth straight AFC West title, but there is also another streak on the line.

A win at Oakland would give the Chargers 12 straight over their California foes.

And they hope to do it with millions of fans tuning in.

"Playing a divisional rival on national television is a great way to start our season," Chargers president Dean Spanos said. "We're excited about the opportunity for Chargers fans across the country to watch us kick off a tough schedule."

Coach Norv Turner said the changes the Raiders have made on their coaching staff will throw a wrench into preparations.

"It's going to be a challenge for us because they have changed," he said. "They've changed their defensive staff and I think they've made some changes offensively."



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 27, 2009

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