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The San Diego Chargers will win against the Oakland Raiders

Each week, John Gennaro gives San Diego Chargers fans three reasons to be optimistic about the team's chances of winning their upcoming game. This week, they take on the lowly 0-9 Raiders at home.

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Oh. And. Nine.

The Oakland Raiders are 0-9, including a loss earlier this season to the San Diego Chargers. That's tough to do in the NFL. You have to be a really, really bad team to lose nine consecutive games.

The Oakland Raiders have the worst roster in football, and have for years, and their coaching staff isn't all that great either. They are not built to be able to compete against NFL teams. They are nowhere near as good as the Chiefs, Broncos, or Dolphins. The Chargers will be fine.


For the first time in what feels like forever, the Chargers are getting healthy. Ryan Mathews is back. Jerry Attaochu is back. Melvin Ingram might even be back!

The biggest weakness of Mike McCoy's team this year has been health, and now they're coming off a bye week and returning about a half-dozen healthy players to the field.

This should look a lot more like the 5-1 team that didn't make mistakes than the 0-3 team of the last month.

Bye week

Bye weeks can be really great for teams that are scuffling. It gives you another week to figure out your issues, another week of anger and motivation without having to worry about being beaten down by another opponent, and another week to come up with a new overall blueprint for winning games.

If you saw the Green Bay Packers come out of their bye week with Clay Matthews playing a new position (Inside Linebacker), and dominating their opponent as a result, you know the type of change that can happen over that very long week off.

I expect the Chargers to come out with a much-improved offensive line and a more aggressive defensive gameplan, and for the Raiders to be the first victim of the mid-season adjustments made by Mike McCoy's staff.