Tale of the tape
Week 1: Oakland Raiders Vs. San Diego Chargers
|The Raiders are counting on Carson Palmer to help them turn their situation around. He has solid measurables, including good arm strength, quick release and awareness in the pocket. However, his teams rarely win.||Quarterback||Philip Rivers remains an upper-echelon quarterback in the NFL, ranking somewhere in the top 10. He does not have text book form, but he has a strong enough arm and leadership skills.|
|Darren McFadden has the kind of speed and explosiveness to take the Raiders offense to a new level, but can he stay healthy for a full season? Darrius Heyward-Bey is a burner at wide receiver and caught 64 passes last year.||Offense||The Chargers have plenty of weapons on the offensive side, including Ronnie Brown. Wide receivers Malcolm Floyd and Robert Meachem have the kind of big-play ability that make this unit dangerous.|
|Dennis Allen has brought in newcomer Jason Tarver to run the defense and the Raiders may employ a 3-4 in addition to their standard 4-3. That does not usually work. Defensive tackle Richard Seymour is still a monster to block.||Defense||The Chargers once again threw their hands in the air after last season and brought in their third defensive coordinator in as many years in John Pagano. The Chargers ranked 32nd in first-down conversions allowed last year.|
|While the Raiders have not been a force in the NFL for many years, the placekicker-punter combination of Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler is the best in the NFL. Jacoby Ford is a dynamic kick returner.||Special Teams||Nate Kaeding has been a dependable kicker for years, but he tore his ACL in the first game of the season and missed the 2011 season. He returns this year. Punter Mike Scifres excels at killing the ball inside the 10-yard line.|
We'll just call it a tie
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