Chargers to open '09 on Monday night

The NFL announced Monday that the Chargers will kickoff their 2009 season in Oakland against the rival Raiders as part of an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader on Monday, Sept. 14.

"Playing a division rival on national television is a great way to start our season," Chargers President Dean Spanos said. "We're excited about the opportunity for Chargers fans across the country to watch us kick off a tough schedule."

The 2009 season marks the 50th anniversary of the American Football League, and four of the eight original AFL franchises will be celebrated in the doubleheader. The Patriots will host the Bills in the first half, and the Chargers and...