CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 07:  Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts as he is hit by Obi Melifonwu #20 and Marquel Lee #55 of the Oakland Raiders during the third quarter at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

3 Reasons the Chargers-Raiders Rivalry is Bigger Than You Think

The Chargers and Raiders will square off in Week 10, and while the Bolts are heavily favored, this rivalry game has more history than some might think. The two AFC West teams have both had stints in Los Angeles, with the Chargers in their second stint in the city right now. While this matchup is not extremely enthusing due to the Raiders' lack of competitiveness this season, the history between these two sides should not be forgotten. 

3. AFC West Rivals Since 1960

The Chargers and Raiders have enjoyed an intense rivalry in the AFC West since the Chargers were first in Los Angeles, all the way back in 1960. The rivalry has spanned over 118 games, with the Raiders getting the better of the series throughout history, going 62-53-2. The Raiders also took down the Chargers in their only playoff meeting in 1981. 

2. Chargers Undefeated vs Oakland Since Return to LA

The Chargers returned to Los Angeles in 2017 and have since won three straight games against the Raiders. The Raiders have been held to less than 20 points in each of those three matchups. Oakland will be relocating to Las Vegas next season, so this is their last chance to pull off a win before this rivalry is no longer in-state. 

1. Al Davis' History With Both Teams

Al Davis got his first taste of the NFL coaching as an assistant coach with the Chargers. After a few seasons he jumped ship to become the head coach of the Raiders in 1963, before eventually becoming the team's owner. Many Chargers fans feel that Davis intentionally tormented the team afterward, and his actions left a sour taste in the mouths of Chargers fans ever since. Davis passed away in 2011, but certainly left behind a unique legacy on the game.