Raiders stun Chargers, 28-13

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MrMojo112
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SAN DIEGO (AP) �" The San Diego Chargers are mortal in December, after all.

They found out at the hands of the Oakland Raiders, of all teams.

Jason Campbell ran for one touchdown and threw for another, Darren McFadden ran for 97 yards and a TD, and the Raiders took advantage of more mistakes by the Chargers to stun San Diego 28-13 on Sunday.

The loss puts a serious crimp in the playoff hopes for the four-time defending AFC West champion Chargers (6-6), who trail the Kansas City Chiefs by two games with four to play. Oakland (6-6) revived a running game that had been stopped cold in two straight losses, ripping through the Chargers for 251 yards. Michael Bush ran for 95 yards and a score.

San Diego gained just 21 yards rushing. Mike Tolbert, who had consecutive 100-yard games, was stuffed for 16 yards on seven carries. Rookie Ryan Mathews didn't play, apparently still bothered by a high ankle sprain.

The Raiders swept the season series for the first time since 2001.

The Chargers' streak of 18 straight December victories �" which tied an NFL record for most victories in any month �" came to a thudding end. Their last December loss was on Dec. 31, 2005. San Diego had been tied with the 1970-74 Miami Dolphins, who won 18 straight in Novembers.

The Raiders beat the Chargers 35-27 at Oakland on Oct. 10 when consecutive blocked punts early in the game led to a touchdown and a safety. That victory snapped Oakland's 13-game losing streak to the Chargers.

The Chargers corrected their problems during a four-game winning streak, but then reverted to the form that showed during an ugly 2-5 start. San Diego had two early turnovers in this game, leading to a 14-0 Oakland lead.

Darren Sproles fumbled a punt early in the first quarter and Hiram Eugene recovered at the San Diego 18. On fourth-and-1 from the 9, the Raiders fooled the Chargers with a fake handoff to fullback Marcel Reece while Campbell ran a naked bootleg to the left for an easy touchdown.

On the next Chargers possession, Rivers overthrew Malcom Floyd and the ball went right to safety Michael Huff, who returned it 15 yards to the San Diego 41. Campbell completed the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to rookie Jacoby Ford in the right corner of the end zone for a 14-0 lead.

After San Diego's Nate Kaeding kicked a 39-yard field goal, Campbell showed that the Raiders didn't need a turnover to score. He led an 80-yard, 11-play drive that was capped by Bush's 7-yard TD run, when he used a spin move and a strong second effort to power into the end zone for a 21-3 lead. Among the big plays on the drive, Reece hurdled safety Eric Weddle to finish a 22-yard catch-and-run, Darrius Heyward-Bey had a 14-yard end-around and Campbell had a 9-yard scramble on third down for a first-and-goal from the 10.

Campbell was back at quarterback after Bruce Gradkowski was hurt late in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's 33-17 loss to Miami, which led the Raiders to put him on injured reserve, ending his season.

After taking a 21-3 halftime lead, Oakland's offense stalled and the Chargers cut the gap to 21-13 on a 33-yard field goal by Nate Kaeding in the third quarter and Philip Rivers' 4-yard scoring pass to wide-open Antonio Gates with 9:59 left.

Campbell then led a drive capped by McFadden's 7-yard run with 4:35 left. The highlight was Campbell's 37-yard completion to Louis Murphy. McFadden carried 19 times while Bush ran 23 times

Campbell outgained the Chargers' running game all by himself, with 38 yards on six carries.

Sproles sustained a concussion when he was knocked down by a helmet-to-helmet hit by Oakland's Rolando McClain just before halftime. Sproles caught a pass from Rivers and was turning to run when he was hit by McClain. The Raiders linebacker led with his shoulder, but the side of his helmet hit Sproles' helmet. Sproles was on the ground for a few minutes before walking off the field.

Kaeding was short on a 50-yard field goal try in the last minute of the second quarter.

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I didn't get to see the game but I DVRed it. Looks like I'll be watching it later! 8)


Dave
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What a great win- Jason Campbell comes through again. It seems that when he does well, the Raiders win. That's a funny pic of Philip Rivers BTW Mojo! Laughing "Oh gosh darn it we're in trouble!"


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I am not sure Campbell is doing anything other than handing the ball off. He threw 5 times to WR's yesterday. Campbell still looks unsure of himself, and unwilling to throw down field, although a late throw to Murphy of play action fooled everyone, including the camera operators.

I still find myself screaming "throw the effing ball" at my TV almost every time JC drops back. He just will not throw it. It's checkdown after checkdown.

I will not argue with the results, but god forbid when we need to throw in a game.

Everybody talks about how awful DHB is. DHB got shutout again yesterday. It is hard to catch a ball when it's not thrown to you. DHB, no targets. Ford, 2 target. Chaz Schilens 1 target, and Louis Murphy was targeted 3x.

The Schilens play, Chaz made a nice move, came WIDE open, and Campbell missed him. Hopefully Chaz and JC can develop some timing between the two of them. Chaz is our BEST WR and it's not close. Glad he got a few snaps this week. I look forward to seeing Chaz get 30 or so snaps next week.


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You post the best freaking pictures. That is classic. Repped.


MrMojo112
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Raider_Nation wrote:
I am not sure Campbell is doing anything other than handing the ball off. He threw 5 times to WR's yesterday. Campbell still looks unsure of himself, and unwilling to throw down field, although a late throw to Murphy of play action fooled everyone, including the camera operators.

I still find myself screaming "throw the effing ball" at my TV almost every time JC drops back. He just will not throw it. It's checkdown after checkdown.

I will not argue with the results, but god forbid when we need to throw in a game.

Everybody talks about how awful DHB is. DHB got shutout again yesterday. It is hard to catch a ball when it's not thrown to you. DHB, no targets. Ford, 2 target. Chaz Schilens 1 target, and Louis Murphy was targeted 3x.

The Schilens play, Chaz made a nice move, came WIDE open, and Campbell missed him. Hopefully Chaz and JC can develop some timing between the two of them. Chaz is our BEST WR and it's not close. Glad he got a few snaps this week. I look forward to seeing Chaz get 30 or so snaps next week.

You know what, I'd much rather have Campbell playing conservative and cautious rather than just going out there and gunslinging. Especially when we're in the lead and he made some great plays with his feet. He also does a mean play action. At normal speed there was no way the naked eye could tell that he faked the handoff. Even those douche bag Chargers were celebrating because they thought they stuffed Bush (lol get it?).

If our running game can continue to plow through defenses and our defense can stand strong, I think having Campbell play as a game manager would be great, for now.

Also, everyone trashes DHB, but if it weren't for him, Ford would have never caught that TD at the end of the 1st. Also, I think Chaz needs to be in pads on the field for him and Campbell to develop chemistry Laughing

Thanks for the rep!


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Dave wrote:
What a great win- Jason Campbell comes through again. It seems that when he does well, the Raiders win. That's a funny pic of Philip Rivers BTW Mojo! Laughing "Oh gosh darn it we're in trouble!"

Laughing It was classic. I remember as soon as I saw it on TV, I think right after the Raiders scored their second touchdown, I knew that it was appear online. Lol, poor Chargers...


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