National Football League to play Chargers-Raiders game in Oakland, will monitor air quality

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Lockhart said the primary consideration on whether to play the game in Oakland is the air quality, with wildfires raging in Northern California.

Despite a layer of smoke in Oakland, produced by the fires now blazing in the Napa-Sonoma area, their Sunday afternoon tilt with the Los Angeles Chargers will go as scheduled, according to a press release put out by the team Friday.

The NFL said it would continue to monitor air quality conditions in the Bay Area and will update the public with any changes via its social media channels. The NFL considered moving the game to Levi's Stadium.

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The fires have killed 31 people and destroyed at least 3,500 homes and businesses.

Also on Friday, the Raiders released a statement reaffirming that Sunday's game remains scheduled for the Coliseum. Even so, the Raiders have advised players on precautionary steps to take, including the use of masks while outside.

The Los Angeles Chargers are 1-4 on the season and offer little challenge to the Raiders this week.

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Despite the offer, the National Football League is cautiously moving forward with plans to have the game in Oakland, which is located roughly 45 miles from the fires.

"He'll be ready to play", Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Friday. Despite that, Oakland is half a game back from the Denver Broncos and three games back from the Kansas City Chiefs.

"We can't wait until the day before [to move the game]", Lockhart said, via ProFootballTalk. "I think it was smart to give him the week (off), which we did".

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