For the 2nd year in a row, the Raiders will start the season with a Monday Night Football home game against a Division Rival. This time it is the San Diego Chargers, last year, as you all know, it was the Denver Broncos, a horrible horrible game for the Raiders. The following week they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, and finished the season 5-11.
There has been a lot of talk about having a much better year and even making the playoffs from Head Coach Tom Cable and the Raiders Fans here at Bleacher report and other places. But another big goal this year for Raider fans is ending the Chargers winning streak.
And when better then a MNF home game to shut-up these charger fans that lost their memories? Especially if LT or Philip Rivers gets very injured...I'm loving that thought!
Anyway, considering the very next game for the Raiders is this game, I've decided to make a preview for it.
It starts with a Chargers drive that ends in a field goal and then a Raiders drive that ends in a punt. And that's all that any body scores in the 1st quater. Although The Chargers got to the Raider 26, but Chris Johnson gets an interception.
In the 2nd quater, Darren McFadden has a 25-yard-run followed by a 23-yard catch and run by Javon Walker from Jamrcus Russell. Two plays after that, Michael Bush makes a 28-TD run and the Raiders are on the board. The Chargers score a TD of their own and the Raiders get a 56 yard FG from Sebastion Janakowski.
At halftime, the score is tied at 10.
In the 3rd quarter, Philip Rivers throws a pic-six to Thomas Howard after a Raiders drive that only got 1 1st down that puts the Raiders up by a Touchdown. In that same quarter, Rivers completes to Chris Chambers for a 18 yard catch and run TD. The score board is now changing almost every drive, and the quarter ends with a 36-yard FG from Seabass.
The score is now 20-17 after a quarter that featured 17 total points.
In the 4th and final quarter, the Chargers get a running TD from LT and nothing else. The Raiders get a huge 44 yard TD run and almost got a 39-yarder that hit the right post.
And the final score is 27-24, Raiders win by a FG.
Running Offense: B+
Michael Bush and D-mac did a fine job with their TD runs and in other drives as well.
Passing Offense: A
JR played very well without an interception but with a passing TD and 113 yards passing. All this without #1 WR Chaz Schillens, which says something.
Running D: B
The Running Defense made a big surprise and did a great job, but much of this is due to the lack of running plays called by the Chargers.
Passing D: C
Philip Rivers had Two TD passes and 203 yards passing. Besides the two interceptions no big plays by the secondary. Once again Nnamdi Asomugha does not get thrown to. If Chris Johnson did not get that pic, this game would have a very different outcome.