The Oakland Raiders played like the "true champions" they are by defeating the San Diego Chargers 28-13 in San Diego! At 6-6 the Oakland Raiders are perfect in the AFC West and have kept themselves "in the hunt" for the playoffs. The San Diego Chargers were pretty much fed to a fearsome Raider defense!.
The game started with the Oakland Raider special teams turning over the ball when kick returner Darren Sproles fumbled the ball after the hit by Hirem Eugene. Darren Sproles should have left the game at this point, because the Raiders played on all 12 cylinders in a one-sided game and he was fated to be a victim of the Oakland defense!.
Offensively it was a four headed beast with Jason Campbell and RBs Marcel Reece, Michael Bush and Darren McFadden. Both Darren McFadden ( 19 attempts for 97 yds )and Michael Bush (23 attempts for 95 yards) scored a TD each.
QB Jason Campbell, who now has my confidence as the future QB for the team, has improved greatly! He ran in for a TD at the start and his throwing was much sharper.. The most noticeable change was that he ran a lot more and seemed comfortable. There was a scare in the game when it appeared he injured his foot , but he came back and later in the game was able to sneak a pass to Louis Murphy that fooled even the cameraman.
The Oakland Raiders running attack literally pounded the Chargers and exploited their weakness. This was a must win game for the Silver and Black and it seemed everyone (except me) considered this game to be another loss. Yet, the Raiders believed and so do I.
How many of their last four games, will the Oakland Raiders win ?
The Oakland Raiders can win at least three more. The San Diego Chargers could simply not stop the powerful Oakland Raiders. This team is fast and ferocious!
Rolando McClain put an absolutely punishing blow (concussion delivering), locker room sending hit on Darren Sproles. Very reminiscent of legendary Oakland Raider punisher Jack Tatum, R.I.P. Rolando McClain is a beast at his position and let the fans from the start when he suplexed St. Louis Rams WR Danny Amendola. Rolando McClain should make the Pro Bowl and Jacoby Ford Rookie of the year!
Oakland Raider coach Tom Cable was able to get a piece of the action as the ball was thrown his way and the SD WR ran into him. Luckily, Tom Cable is a big man so no damage there. Rookies Lamaar Houston, Stevie Brown and Jason Veldheer also looked very promising for the Oakland Raiders. Brown had some great open field tackles and Veldheer held up well on the line for the change up after the Tommy Kelly injury.
San Diego Chargers QB Phillip Rivers could not escape the Silver and Black Attack. The defense of the Raiders remained constant in the face of Rivers creating bad passing and three and outs. The offense was knocked off balance and was even more apparent when the San Diego Chargers received back to back penalties for having 12 men on the field.
The San Diego Chargers are now tied with the Raiders at 6-6 and will face the Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) next week. The Oakland Raider will travel to play the Jacksonville Jaguars and they must win this game also.The success of the Raiders will also depend on the failures of the Kansas City Chiefs. How ironic that the Raidernation will be rooting for the Chargers next week? Go Chargers!
This game was well executed and credit should also go to coach John Marshall who called some great defensive plays including a blitz that stopped the Chargers when they were on a roll. It was also promising to see the Oakland Raiders using RB Michael Bush. Michael Bush is a solid running back and alongside Darren McFadden this duo is threatening. Now add a little Marcel Reece and you get and unstoppable backfield.
It was a great game and the Oakland Raiders ended up on top. The bonus was that San Diego coach Norv Turner was defeated by the Oakland Raiders. Norv Turner was a huge disappointment for the Oakland Raiders so Al Davis removed him from post. Way to go Raiders!!! Now the craving for some Jaguar meat begins.