San Diego defeated the Oakland Raiders 27-0 on the road to start that season. The Chargers would go on to defeat Tennessee by a final score of 40-7 in week two. This was San Diego’s regular season home opener.
San Diego defeated Oakland by a final score of 22-14 in week one on the road this season, and today’s game against Tennessee is at home. San Diego finished the 2006 season with a 14-2 record in the regular season.
I do not expect San Diego to finish the 2012 season with a 14-2 record. After today, San Diego will have seven games against teams who made the playoffs last season.
San Diego can repeat history by starting the season at 2-0 and make the playoffs which they did in 2006. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, San Diego starting running back Ryan Mathews is unlikely to play today.
Mathews broke his clavicle on August 9, 2012 against the Green Bay Packers. Antonio Gates is listed as questionable for today’s game after the starting tight end injured a rib in Monday’s victory against Oakland.
San Diego will rely on their franchise quarterback Philip Rivers to get the job done today. In his career against Tennessee, Rivers has a 4-0 record with seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
I expect a big game from Rivers who has 79 touchdowns and 35 interceptions in 52 games at home. The Chargers can improve to 2-0 this season, but it will be tough without Gates and Mathews.