Raiders Run Over Chargers

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.

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Tags: Darren McFadden Darren Sproles Eric Weddle Hue Jackson Jacoby Ford Jason Campbell John Marshall Michael Bush Oakland Raiders Philip Rivers Rolando McClain San Diego Chargers Tom Cable

  • Gforce083

    Campbell came to play! Although, what Coach Cable had to say to the media about him is no way to instill confidence in the QB who led your team to two wins against the Chargers.

    Cable just needs to shut up sometimes. Maybe he is still having Gradkowski withdraws, they should be just be bunkmates or something.

    You’re exactly right Chris, Campbell’s numbers do not fully reflect his game today. He played with poise and confidence and ran that play-action offense to near perfection. Just like I was saying, this is the perfect offense for a guy like Campbell. The coaches just need to show they have some confidence in the guy. I don’t know what more he could have done today to prove to Cable he’s the superior QB. Perhaps it was Campbells fault for not planting Murphy’s big toe inbounds on that 40yd, should have been TD play…

    Either way, Campbell is 5-1 as a starter. A tough road ahead but the Raiders just have to learn to come out with the same passion to win like they had today.

  • Gforce083

    Correction… Campbell is really 5-3 as a starter this year…give him the first Chargers game since he pretty much played the whole game and he’s 6-3.

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