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Chargers Vs Raiders: Why This Game Proved That Football Is Still a Team Sport

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers in action against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIOctober 12, 2010

Pro football is a competitive sport that anybody can win. There is no guarantee that a team will win or lose.

When you have a football team, you need a quarterback who can manage a game, a running game to control the clock, special teams and a good defense. If you have all of that then you have a championship-contending football team.  

The San Diego Chargers were a heavy favorite to beat Oakland in (I guess you can call) a road game and Phillip Rivers threw for 431 yards, two touchdowns and no picks.  

Everybody says that the NFL is a quarterback's league and you must have a great quarterback if you want to win. 

But despite having an amazing game, the Chargers still lost. How? 

Jason Campbell managed the game, the Raiders used their running game to control the clock, their special teams were great, and their defense (despite giving up 27 points) made plays when it was needed. 

People look at two fumbles by Rivers and will probably say that most of it was his fault. But Rivers did not have two punts blocked, he didn't give up 34 points and he couldn't block for himself.

Quarterbacks get too much of the credit and too much of the blame. 

Trent Dilfer was the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens when they won the Super Bowl in 2001. He never went over 3,000 passing yards in his career, playing for five teams in his 14 years.  

The thing that made Dilfer a good quarterback was his game management skills. He wouldn't beat you with his arm, but he could make safe throws that could keep your team in ball games. But despite having a Super Bowl ring and being a very good game manager, Dilfer was still an average NFL QB at best.

If your not getting the point I am trying to make here then let me explain further. You don't have to have a great quarterback to win a championship, but you do have to have a great team.

If you did have to have a great quarterback to win a championship, then Dan Marino would have a closet full of championship rings. 

You must build a team around your quarterback,  the more pieces you put around him the closer you are to success.

The Raiders probably aren't going to win the Super Bowl (sorry Raider fans).  But if they play like this every Sunday, they could be a wild-card team.

The Chargers need to figure out who they are. Are they Phillip Rivers and the guys? Or are they the San Diego Chargers?

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