The Oakland Raiders went on the road and completed a sweep of the San Diego Chargers for the first time since 2001. Darren McFadden and Michael Bush carried the Raider offense with 42 rushes for 192 yards.
When your team comes into the game ranked sixth in rushing offense and 27th in pass offense, it makes sense to run the ball a lot. That is exactly what Hue Jackson and Tom Cable did—finally!
After a total of only 23 carries in the last two games combined (both losses), McFadden and Bush were finally given the chance to shine—and shine they did.
Oakland got a solid, not fantastic, performance from quarterback Jason Campbell. Campbell did exactly what he was asked to do and did nothing to hurt the team or lose the game. In essence, he protected the ball and he did his job.
The Raider defense played fantastic. They blitzed a lot to keep pressure on Phillip Rivers and shut down the Chargers running game, holding them to fewer than 300 total yards.
This is a huge win for the Raiders as they move to 4-0 in their division and keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs, who also won this week.
Let's have a look at the players and coaches who stepped up and got it done for the Raiders.