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Raiders Fix to Break Chargers Jinx



    Raiders Fix to Break Chargers Jinx
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    SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers catches the ball against cornerback Chris Johnson #37 of the Oakland Raiders on November 1, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Johnson;Vincent Jackson

    The last time the Oakland Raiders beat their AFC West rival San Diego Chargers, Grey Davis was still governor of California, Nelly's "Shake Ya Tailfeather" had just knocked Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" out of the No. 1 single spot, and Darren McFadden was still a sophomore -- in high school.

    The Raiders have not beaten the Chargers in more than seven years. The last time they beat San Diego was September 25, 2003.

    They'll try again against the Chargers Sunday at 1 p.m. PDT at the Oakland Coliseum. Odds makers have Oakland as six-point underdogs against San Diego.

    Only three current Raiders have ever been on a Raiders team that beat the Chargers: offensive lineman Langston Walker, placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, and punter Shane Lechler.

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    "I know all those (San Diego) guys, and it means a lot and it hurts," Lechler told the Oakland Tribune. "A loss is a loss, but when you lose a game to San Diego it hurts a little bit more to me because the rivalry has been going for so long."

    The Raiders have currently lost 13 consecutive games to the Chargers. If they lose a 14th consecutive game to the Chargers, they will tie the Buffalo Bills for the longest active losing streak against one team. The Bills have dropped 14 straight to the New England Patriots.

    The game will be blacked-out on local television. CBS will offer you Cowboys-Titans instead, or you could switch to Fox for Saints-Cardinals.

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    Or you could creative like they did at a few bars in San Diego, and draw the threat of a $150,000 fine from the NFL.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who figures you may or may not care that Raiders-Chargers will be played at the same time as the Giants' NLDS Game 3 against the Atlanta Braves.