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Raiders Vs. Chargers: Sebastian Janikowski Expected To Kick In Thursday Night Football Game

The Oakland Raiders might be without Darren McFadden tonight against the San Diego Chargers, but they will at least have their offensive security blanket in place. Adam Schefter has good news for Raider Nation (and a good deal of fantasy football owners out there).

Sebastian Janikowski will kick for the Raiders tonight. Darren McFadden did not make trip to San Diego and will not play.
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If Janikowski wouldn't have been able to go, that would've probably meant free agent Dave Rayner or backup punter Shane Lechler would've been forced to kick in his place. This sort of arrangement would have negated the kicking advantage the Raiders generally enjoy on gameday. Now that Janikowski is here, it slightly eases the pressure off of Carson Palmer and Michael Bush to carry the offensive load, knowing they won't necessarily have to drive the entire field to be assured of putting points on the board.

Of course, the Raiders can't be going on trading touchdowns for field goals, but it's important to have a reliable kicker out there who can give them field goals when they can't hit the end zone.

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