OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers warms up before their game against the Oakland Raiders during their season opener at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 10, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
In a season opener there are more like 45 players to watch, but that would take up way too much bandwidth. So, here are three guys who will likely have an impact on the Chargers vs. Raiders game on Monday Night.
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Oh, and left tackle Mike Harris is not on this list, that one is FAR too obvious. These are guys you might not think of right off the bat.
1) Safety Atari Bigby. Eric Weddle was an All-Pro in 2011, and he didn't have a dominant player next to him. Bigby is a lethal hitter who won a Super Bowl with the Packers but has been injury-prone because of his physical style. He escaped the pre-season unscathed, and if he stays that way he'll make Weddle even more effective.
2) Wide receiver Malcom Floyd. With Vincent Jackson enjoying a different kind of sunshine in Tampa, Malcom becomes the Chargers go-to deep threat. Plus, the Sacramento native loves playing in Northern California. Over his last two starts in Oakland, Floyd has caught 15 passes for 340 yards and 2 touchdowns.
3) Punter Mike Scifres. The Raiders and Chargers play a lot of close games. In close games, field position is often a determining factor. Scifres is healthy again and was booming the ball in the pre-season. If it becomes a kicking war, the Chargers might be the only team in football who can hang with Raiders All-Pro Shane Lechler.