Chargers vs. Raiders: 5 Things We Learned from San Diego's Win over Oakland

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Chargers vs. Raiders: 5 Things We Learned from San Diego's Win over Oakland
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Although eliminated from playoff contention for the second year in a row, the San Diego Chargers did take advantage of their opportunity to play the spoiler role against their division rival, the Oakland Raiders.

A win would have given the Raiders the AFC West title. Still, despite playing in front of the home crowd, San Diego's Jekyll and Hyde offense proved to be too much for Oakland to handle in a game almost entirely dominated by the Chargers.

Norv Turner, though, finished his tenure as the head coach in San Diego on a positive note, maintaining his level of excellence during December and avoiding a losing season with the win over the Raiders. The Chargers finished the month at 4-1, which puts Turner's career record in December and January at 21-3.

Had he been just slightly more successful earlier on during the season, over the last five years, his legacy with the Chargers would likely have been far more memorable than it was. As it is, though, Turner will now be forever remembered in San Diego as the one who had the horses but never managed to capitalize on the opportunity he was given.

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