THIS WEEK’S NOTABLE STORYLINES:
- The Raiders travel to face the San Diego Chargers Sunday, marking the Silver and Black’s final game of the 2012 season.
Sebastian Janikowskihas been good on 31-of-34 field-goal attempts this season, hitting on 91.2 percent of his tries. Only 10 kickers in league history have hit at least 90.9 percent of their attempts during a season while perfect from 49 yards or less.
Rod Streaterenters the season finale with 35 receptions, which is tied for the fifth-most by a non-drafted rookie player in the NFL since 2000.
- Streater’s reception total ranks fifth among rookies in Raider history. Streater’s 35 catches are the most by a Raider rookie wide receiver since Tim Brown had 43 receptions in 1988.
Tommy Kellyhas made 79 consecutive starts, the longest active streak by a defensive tackle in the NFL. Kelly has not missed a game since sitting out nine contests due to a knee injury in 2007.
- The Raiders will be looking for their third straight victory at San Diego, which would match the Silver and Black’s longest winning streak at Qualcomm Stadium (2000-02).
- With 19 more pass attempts, the Raiders will break the 2002 team record of 619 attempts.
Carson Palmerbecame just the second quarterback in Raider history to pass 4,000 yards in a single season with 4,018. Rich Gannon holds the Silver and Black’s all-time single-season record with 4,689 passing yards in 2002.
RAIDERS CLOSE OUT SEASON AT SAN DIEGO: The Oakland Raiders wrap up the 2012 campaign at San Diego Sunday. The game will mark the second straight year that the Raiders have played the Chargers in a regular-season finale.
THE SERIES: The Raiders and Chargers have squared off 105 times in the regular season dating back to the formation of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960. The Silver and Black holds a 57-46-2 advantage in the regular-season series, and won the lone playoff game between the two teams. The Chargers snapped a three-game Raider winning streak vs. San Diego in the 2011 season finale, and took a 22-14 decision in the 2012 season opener at O.co Coliseum on Sept. 10.
LOOKING AHEAD: Below are the Raiders’ 2013 regular-season opponents, according to the 2012 NFL Record and Fact Book:
Home: Den., KC, SD, Jac., Ten., Phi., Was., AFC North (TBD)
Away: Den., KC, SD, Hou., Ind., Dal., NYG, AFC East (TBD)
AT HOME IN QUALCOMM: The Raiders will be aiming for a third straight win at San Diego, which would match the Silver and Black’s longest winning streak at Qualcomm Stadium (2000-02). Oakland posted a 28-13 win at San Diego in 2010 before recording a 24-17 victory last season.
STREAKING STREATER: Rookie WR Rod Streater, who totaled just 19 catches as a senior at Temple, is among the most productive non-drafted rookie receivers in recent NFL history. Streater’s 35 catches this season is tied for fifth most among non-drafted rookies since 2000.
ROD AMONG ROOKIE BESTS: WR Rod Streater’s season receiving total ranks among the top rookie performances in Raiders franchise history. Streater’s 35 catches are the fifth most by a Raider rookie.
THREE OVER 100: Three Oakland defenders have recorded 100-or-more tackles this season, marking the first time since 2006 that three Raiders have reached the century mark. In 2006, LB Kirk Morrison (127), LB Thomas Howard (110) and S Stuart Schweigert (107) all topped 100.
KELLY’S CONSISTENCY: DT Tommy Kelly has made 79 straight starts since 2008, marking the most consecutive starts for a defensive tackle in the NFL. San Francisco 49ers DT Justin Smith was inactive for a Week 16 contest due to an elbow injury, snapping a streak of 185 straight starts that dated back to the 2001 season. Kelly has not missed a game since the 2007 season, when he sat out nine contests due to a knee injury. His streak ranks fifth among active defensive players in the NFL. He has started every game for Oakland since the 2008 season-opener against Denver on Sept. 8, 2008.
AIR YARDS vs. YAC: The Raiders rank second in the NFL with 2,049 yards after the catch (YAC).
GOLDEN BOOT: K Sebastian Janikowski has hit 31-of-34 field-goal attempts this season, hitting 91.2 percent of his tries. Only 11 kickers in league history have hit at least 90.6 percent of their attempts during a season while perfect from 49 yards or less.
LATE-SCORE LEADERS: K Sebastian Janikowski booted a 57-yard field goal as time expired in the first half vs. Kansas City on Dec. 16, giving the Raiders an NFL-high 82 points at the end of a half.
PALMER CLIMBING THE CHARTS: QB Carson Palmer has produced one of one the most prolific passing seasons in Raider history. Palmer tied for second on the Raiders’ single-season list in attempts (565), third in completions (345), second in yards (4,018) and 14th in touchdowns (22).
Senior offensive assistant Al Saunders was head coach of the Chargers from 1986-88 after serving as an assistant coach under Don Coryell...T
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