What Happened To the Chargers On MNF?

Rick Del RosarioContributor ISeptember 16, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Johnnie Lee Higgins #15 of the Oakland Raiders is hit by Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers during their game on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Oakland Raiders came out inspired, motivated and ready to put forth the best they had for a national audience against their bitter rivals from down south. They definitely brought a good game plan and played good football, for the most part. Their defense was already formidable from last year and Richard Seymore only makes it that much better.

The Raiders opened the game out hitting, out running, out passing and generally out performing the Chargers.  Some adjustments were made at half time and the third quarter was pretty even.  Then, with just under two and a half minutes left in regulation, the Raiders delivered their best knock-out punch to the Chargers, in the form of a fourth and 15 touchdown bomb, and what happened? The Bolts smiled, turned the other cheek and said "Is that the best you've got? Now watch how it's done." Rivers calmly and methodically took the Bolts right down the field in crunch time and delivered a perfect 2-minute game-winning touchdown drive.

During the game, I saw a huge lack of screen passes, slant routes, high crossing routes and end-arounds, which are among the Chargers' bread and butter plays.  It is quite clear the Chargers played a vanilla offensive game plan, got caught looking ahead at the Ravens and therefore had a bad day and ... oh wait a minute, no excuses or justifications here as I try to write an objective article.

As a life-long Bolts fan, I grew up hating the Raiders but I'm not going to bash the Raiders because I think that their defense is even more improved over last season and can begin to carry them until the offense catches up. But, the Raiders' best was still not good enough to beat the Bolts on a bad day; which proves the Raiders still have some learning to do.

I remember the Raiders pummeling the Bolts game in and game out from the mid 80's through much of the 90's and early 2000's. I'm just enjoying our long-awaited turn at domination and hope the Bolts can even up the life time series record soon, which the Raiders still hold the edge on.