The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders play in Week 5 of the 2013 NFL season and were set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET next Sunday. Well thanks to the Major League Baseball playoffs, that game’s start time has been moved to 11:35 p.m. ET.
The Oakland A’s will host the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night at 9:07 p.m. ET at the O.co Coliseum in Game 2 of the American League Division Series. As a result, the grounds crew will apparently need extra time to get the field ready for the Chargers-Raiders game on Sunday.
The grounds crews will need to convert the stadium from a baseball diamond to a football field and get the correct stands in place in time to pass a safety inspection.
The game will now air on NFL Network instead of CBS.
The Chargers are now 2-2 after a 30-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4, while the Raiders fell to 1-3 with a 24-14 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Both teams need a win in Week 5 if they want to keep pace with the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, who are both 4-0 to start the season.
Sunday night’s game will be an awkward start time, even on the West Coast, as 8:45 p.m. PT is really late for a kickoff.
In addition to the Chargers-Raiders game, the San Francisco 49ers will host the Houston Texans Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. So it will be a busy 24 hours in the Bay Area.
For Week 5 the Raiders expect quarterback Terrelle Pryor back under center after he missed Week 4 thanks to a concussion. Meanwhile, the Chargers will be without edge rusher Dwight Freeney, who suffered a torn quadriceps muscle and could be out for the season. The Chargers have yet to determine whether or not they will put him on injured reserve.