I have a lot of homework that I should probably do today. But screw that, I can see the future! The title is pretty self-explanatory, but I don't care. I'm explaining it anyway. Today, the Chargers are playing in Oakland. These games are always pretty crazy/intense/whatever. But I'm going to try and guess what's going to happen anyway. I have 5 tries, and if I get any of them right, that's gravy.
1) Antoine Cason will get his 3rd interception of the year. Bruce Gradkowski, while apparently a sparkplug, is not exactly an offensive maestro. He tends to force throws to his WRs, who happen to be rather inconsistent If OAK is going to score a passing TD, then Bruce will undoubtedly also throw at least one INT. Cason is due for another big game against an inconsistent QB.
2) Ryan Mathews will run for his second career TD. And his third. Norv really wants to get Mathews going, and what better opportunity than against this Raiders defense that can't stop anyone? One of TDs will be a bunny of the 1-yd variety. But I have a feeling there's a longer one in the mix at some point. Hopefully off of Mathews trucking Rolando McClain.
3) The Chargers will not give up a return TD for the second straight week. You heard me. No return TD. No punt, interception, kickoff, fumble, free kick, nothing. This special teams unit is going to start to play right and not blow tackles left and right. Also, the Raiders are not known for their dynamic return teams, which helps.
4) Shaun Phillips will get at least one sack. Possibly more. Look, the Raiders don't have much of an offensive line, especially at the OT slots. And their TE, Zach Miller, is also their only really reliable weapon in the passing game. Phillips could have another big day, but probably not anything like last week.
5) Paul Oliver will play at SS, and we'll forget about Gregory. I don't know what to think about the whole "Steve Gregory is a roidhead!!11!1one!" story, but either way, I think Oliver is enough to keep us from missing the leading tackler on the #2 defense in the NFL. Wait. That sounds pretty important. On second thought, I just hope Oliver does enough to keep Miller in check, and shut up those Raiders fans.
These will all come true. I am totally willing to bet my car on it. Notice, there's no predictions about the passing game. Do we need one? We already know Buster Davis will be out there dominating whoever the Raiders' nickel CB is unfortunate enough to be.