Still don’t think these Raiders are for real? They might not be first in the AFC West but they’re still perfect in the AFC West thanks to a dominant 28-13 win over the Chargers.
Just sweep, baby!
There were no secrets coming into today’s game. The Raiders needed to run the ball and put pressure on Philip Rivers in order to win. Mission accomplished as the Silver and Black bruised the Bolts in the trenches running for 251 yards and sacking Cry Baby Philip four times.
This was another Tom Cable special. Nothing sexy about it at all. Just football played the right way…well…except for those 13 penalties for 105 yards. Some things just never change.
What is changing is the dynamic of the Raiders-Chargers rivalry. After being so one sided for the last seven years the Raiders busted out the brooms and swept the season series.
Give Jason Campbell credit. His stats won’t reflect how well he played. Unless you consider accounting for two TDs and playing turnover free football a good thing.
Hue Jackson dialed up a dandy when he sent JC on a butt naked bootleg that fooled every man not wearing Silver and Black. Oh, did I mention that call came on 4th and 1 in the first quarter? JC is proving to be a master of play action as he later fooled both the Chargers and the CBS crew on a crucial big gain late in the fourth.
Campbell made solid decisions on almost all of his sparse 16 pass attempts. One of those throws was a nice toss to Jacoby Ford on an end zone fade rout. Jacoby keeps his legend in tact by scoring another TD, his second receiving and third overall in the last two games.
On the other side of the ball the front four were fantastic.
John Marshall had his men motivated. All day long Rivers was under direst. The best way to slow the NFL’s leading passer is to pressure him and that’s exactly what Oakland did. Notorious for running his mouth, Rivers was silent this afternoon.
In addition the Raider defenders played with a chip on their shoulders. Rolando McClain laid a nasty hit on Darren Sproles. Dolt fans were crying foul but just cause a guy gets his bell rung doesn’t mean foul play. Clean hit, just sucks that Sproles is 5-foot-nothing and was on the tracks when the train came through.
After it is all said and done, the game ball goes to the O-line and the running backs.
Darren McFadden and Michael Bush couldn’t be stopped. Both runners nearly eclipsed the 100-yard mark as Run DMC went for 97 and Bush for 95. Both did find the end zone on punishing runs. And both did so by trucking Eric Weddle on the goal line. Bush on a determined 7-yard run and McFadden on a 7-yard dash finished with class.
Coming off of last week’s disappointment this was a vital win to keep any playoff hopes alive. Back at .500 and still in the hunt for the AFC West, these Raiders might just have rediscovered their rhythm. We’ll see soon enough as this elimination tournament continues with a stop in Jacksonville next Sunday.