DATE: Sunday, January 1, 2012, 1:15 p.m. PT | SITE: O.Co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
THIS WEEK: The Oakland Raiders, members of the American Football Conference Western Division, are now in their 52nd season of pro football competition. The Raiders faced AFC teams for the first nine games of 2011 with three straight contests versus fellow AFC West members. This week, the Silver and Black face the San Diego Chargers in the second meeting of 2011 and the second of two consecutive games between AFC West foes. The Raiders played in Kansas City versus the Chiefs last Saturday.
TELEVISION: This week's game will be televised on CBS, with Marv Albert handling play-by-play, and former Raider quarterbackRich Gannon as color analyst. If sold out per NFL blackout rules, the game will be broadcast in the Bay Area on KPIX Channel 5. The game will also air in Sacramento on KOVR Channel 13 as well as on KHSL in Chico, KION in Monterey and KJEOin Fresno.
RADIO: The game will air live on Raiders Radio Network originating on KITS LIVE 105.3 FM, the Silver and Black's flagship for the multi-state Radio Network. Greg Papa and Raiders two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Tom Flores will man the booth for the 14th straight year. The radio pregame and postgame shows feature Raider Legends George Atkinson and David Humm.
SPANISH RADIO:Raider games in the 2011 airs in Spanish in the Bay Area on radio station KCNL 104.9 FM withFernando Arias and Ambrosio Ricohandling announcing duties. SERIES: This Sunday's game marks the 103rdleague meeting between the Raiders and Chargers. The Raiders hold a 57-44-2 advantage in regular season contests over San Diego since 1960 when the teams began competition as original members of the American Football League. The Raiders are 1-0 in postseason games.
RAIDERS:Offensive coordinator Al Saunders was head coach of the San Diego Chargers from 1986-88 and was assistant head coach (1985-86) and wide receivers coach (1983-84)…QB Jason Campbell played with Chargers T Marcus McNeill at Auburn… LB Quentin Groves played with McNeill at Auburn as well as Chargers G/T Tyronne Green… WR Chaz Schilens and Chargers G/T Brandyn Dombrowski and WR Vincent Brown played together at San Diego State… FB Marcel Reece played with Chargers ILB Donald Butler at Washington…QB Kyle Boller and DB Matt Giordano played at California with Chargers CB Dante Hughes… C Samson Satele played at Hawaii with Chargers OLB Travis LaBoy… DT Richard Seymour and Chargers TE Randy McMichael played together at Georgia… T Stephon Heyer, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, LS Jon Condo and G Bruce Campbell played together with Chargers K Nick Novak at Maryland… T Joseph Barksdale played at LSU with Chargers FB Jacob Hester… RB Rock Cartwright played at Kansas State with Chargers T Jeromey Clary… TE David Ausberry played with Chargers CB Shareece Wright at USC… LBs coach Ricky Hunley was a Minority Coaching Fellow with the Chargers in 1997… DBs coach Kevin Ross coached for the Chargers from 2007-08 and played there in 1996.
CHARGERS:Chargers head coach Norv Turner served as head coach with the Raiders for two seasons (2004-05)… Turner is from Martinez and attended Alhambra High School…Defensive line coach Don Johnson coached defensive tackles with the Raiders from 2007-08… RB Ryan Matthews and QB Billy Volek went to Fresno State… Volek is from Fresno… WR Malcolm Floyd is from* *Sacramento and attended River City High School.
LAST GAME:The Oakland Raiders beat the Chiefs, 16-13 in overtime at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on Saturday, December 24. Bryan McCann got the Raiders into the red zone with the opening kickoff, returning it 91 yards to the Kansas City 14-yard line. K Sebastian Janikowski capped that drive and opened the scoring with a 28-yard field goal in the first quarter. In the third quarter, QB Carson Palmer connected with WR Denarius Moore on a 61-yard score and, with Janikowski's PAT, the Raiders went ahead 10-3. Janikowski hit on a second field goal late in the fourth quarter from 31 yards out to put the Raiders up 13-6. The game went into overtime and, after Palmer connected with WR Darrius Heyward-Bey for 53 yards, Janikowski was successful for the third time, hitting on a 36-yard field goal to make the final score 16-13.