OAKLAND, Calif. " In past years, the Oakland Raiders have sometimes tried to downplay the significance of their long losing streak against the AFC West rival San Diego Chargers.
This year, they're facing the 13-game skid head on.
Coach Tom Cable addressed the losing streak at a team meeting and placed signs around the locker room with an inflammatory " and embellished " quote from former Chargers coach and noted Raiders hater Marty Schottenheimer to fire up his team.
"I've been around long enough to say I'm sick of it," Cable said. "I'm one of those that knows the importance of the game, knows the importance of the divisional game. We were close twice last year but close doesn't work."
The Raiders (1-3) head into Sunday's meeting with the Chargers (2-2) having not beaten San Diego since a 34-31 overtime victory Sept. 28, 2003. The skid, which began Dec. 28, 2003, is the second longest active one in the NFL, trailing only Buffalo's 14-game losing streak to New England that started one day earlier.
Only four members of the Raiders have been on the roster for the entirety of the 13-game losing streak: cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, punter Shane Lechler, kicker Sebastian Janikowski and linebacker Sam Williams.
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