Raiders open on MNF vs. Chargers

The Oakland Raiders open the regular season in prime time for the second consecutive season when The Team of the Decades hosts the San Diego Chargers on Monday night, September 11, on ESPN, the NFL announced today.

One of the NFL's oldest rivalries will meet for the 94th time on Monday, Sept. 11 when the San Diego Chargers descend upon the "Black Hole" to face the Oakland Raiders at McAFee Coliseum, part of the first regularly scheduled Monday Night Football games on ESPN. The game features the return of Head Coach Art Shell to the sidelines for the Silver and Black.

The Monday Night doubleheader on September 11 has the Raiders taking on the Chargers at 7:15 p.m. PT in Oakland, preceded by Minnesota facing Washington in the first game that begins at 4 p.m. PT. The Raiders hold a 54-36-2 all-time record versus the Chargers.

"I love it," said Dean Spanos, Chargers' President and CEO. "What a way to open the season … in prime time against the Raiders. I know both the team and the fans will be up for that game and ready for the challenge."

The contest will mark the sixth time in franchise history that the Raiders have opened against the Chargers, the last being in 2000.

"It's definitely an honor and a privilege to be able to open the season on Monday Night Football, especially playing against a rival like the Raiders," Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. "It's going to be a crazy environment. Part of me wishes we were playing it tomorrow."

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