Take it from us, right now, even if we’re still a couple of months away from the action actually starting. The level of competition that will come out of the AFC West division will be something that can only be described as magnificent and electrifying. In said division we have four teams that this year could easily all make as strong of a claim as ever to make it to the AFC Championship game, if not even further to the Super Bowl. With the Las Vegas Raiders hosting the Chargers in the first week of action, NFL fans all around will get a taste of what this season will bring out of the AFC West division.
So, in honor of the AFC West division, with the Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders all bidding for greatness, let’s step back to last season, to remember what happened the last time both teams met.
January 9th of this year saw the Raiders accomplish something that many thought impossible, especially after the rollercoaster of a season that the team has gone through, with their impromptu coaching change due to Jon Gruden’s disgraceful falling out of the league. But still, Derek Carr and company managed to keep their playoff hopes alive until the last week of competition where they managed to beat the Los Angeles Chargers by a score of 35-32 in an overtime win that seemed like the perfect way to cap off the Raiders’ season. Even with Justin Herbert leading the Chargers offense with 383 passing yards that included three touchdowns and 1 interception, Maxx Crosby and the rest of the Raiders’ defense showed that they were a team with immense levels of fight and heart.
That win by the Raiders allowed them to make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, all while eliminating the Chargers from contention and allowing Ben Roethlisberger to have one last ride to the playoffs with the Steelers, even if they lasted there as long as one could say Roethlisberger three times fast.
In this new season, it can be easily expected for both teams to pick up right where they left off. With Justin Herbert poised to make this season an MVP-caliber kind of season while trying to lead the Chargers into the postseason and Derek Carr, with college BFF and former Packers all-star receiver Davante Adams as his new top target on offense for the Raiders, plus two of the strongest and most vicious defenses in the conference squaring off, this is a game that couldn’t come fast enough.