The Oakland Raiders have not looked like the Super Bowl contender many believed they would be during the 2017 NFL season. After starting the year off 2-0, the Raiders have lost their past three games and have slipped to third in the AFC West standings.
While Derek Carr’s health situation is being closely monitored, the wildfires in Northern California have brought up several air quality concerns, putting the team’s Week 6 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers in jeopardy. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL has decided to look at contingency plans in the event the air is not suitable for Oakland to host the game:
NFL looking at contingencies if air quality in Oakland from fires remains at unacceptable levels, per league official. A decision soon.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2017
Tim Kawakami of The Athletic added that Levi Stadium is one of the possible alternatives:
NFL source: The league has checked to see if Levi's Stadium is available for Raiders-Chargers this weekend. It is. Just one option.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) October 12, 2017
Levi Stadium would arguably make the most sense given its proximity to the Coliseum and the fact that the San Francisco 49ers are on the road for a game against the Washington Redskins. This will definitely be an issue for the league to continue monitoring as the fires continue to rage on.
Wherever the two teams play, this may be a make or break game for the two sides. The Chargers have dug themselves into a deep hole while the Raiders are quickly following suit. It will be interesting to see how both teams respond given their current record situations.