Raiders vs. Chargers Game Preview

DATE: Monday, September 14, 2009, 7:15 p.m. PT SITE: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

THIS WEEK: The Oakland Raiders, members of the American Football Conference Western Division, face a fellow AFC West squad on Monday night to kick off the 2009 NFL regular season in a nationally televised contest for the second straight year. The game is the second half of the Monday Night doubleheader.

TELEVISION: This week's game will be televised nationally on ESPN, with Mike Greenberg handling play-by-play, and former NFL playersMike Golicand Steve Young as color analysts. Michele Tafoya will handle sideline reporting duties. If sold out per NFL blackout rules, the game will also be broadcast in the Bay Area on over-the air station KPIX Channel 5. The game will air on ESPN International in 180 countries and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.

RADIO: The game will air on Raiders Radio originating on KSFO 560 AM, the Silver and Black Flagship for the multi-state Radio Network. Greg Papa and former Raiders player, assistant and head coach Tom Flores will man the booth for the 12th straight year. The radio pregame show and postgame show will feature Raider Legends George Atkinson and David Humm along with KGO's Rich Walcoff. In addition, Westwood One/CBS Radio will air the game nationally with Kevin Harlan and former NFL quarterbacks Warren Moon and Mark Malone handling announcing duties.

SPANISH RADIO:The game will air on*radio stationLa Kaliente, KZSF 1370 AM. Armando BotelloandAngel Dinamita handle announcing duties. Bay Area radio personalitiesVictor ZaragozaandSal Acevedo* are the sideline reporters.

RAIDERS ON MONDAY NIGHTS: The Raiders have a 36-24-1 overall record on Monday Night Football since the inception of the weeknight prime-time series in 1970. The Raiders are 15-6 at home and have a 5-3 advantage over the Chargers in Monday Night contests. This Monday night's game marks the fourth time in the past five years that the Silver and Black have opened the regular season in prime time and on national television. The Raiders premiered Monday Night Football on ESPN to open the 2008 (versus Denver) and 2006 (versus San Diego) seasons and participated in the NFL's Thursday night regular season kickoff at New England in 2005.

SERIES:This Sunday's game marks the 99th league meeting between the Raiders and Chargers. The Raiders hold a 54-42-2 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.

LAST WEEK: The Oakland Raiders lost to the Seahawks in Seattle, 31-21 in the 2009 preseason finale. RB Louis Rankin had six carries for 60 yards and a 45-yard TD run. Gary Russell rushed 12 times for 59 yards and 2 TDs.

NEXT WEEK:The Oakland Raiders travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in their second of three straight AFC Western Division contests.

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