The Raiders continue to own the AFC West (4-0) with yet another win against a team the critics say is one of the best in the NFL, The San Diego Chargers. I was nervous when the game began but when I saw Darren Sproles fumble the ball on a Shane Lechler punt, I knew it was game on! The Chargers still have not fixed their special teams mishaps? Outstanding! That’s the boost the Raider Nation needed to see. And see they did. Every time the camera panned to the crowd I saw that the silver and black represented strongly.
Jason Campbell looked like the quarterback we traded for. He looked confident, made great decision, and just plain made outstanding plays. He got a lot of help from the running game and the “O” line. Darren McFadden (4.9 yards per) and Michael Bush (4.0 yards per) punk’d and exploited the Chargers run defense to the tune of 250+ yards. Rookie of the Year candidate Jacoby Ford (19.1 yards per) had yet another great game. Jacoby got the start over Darrius Heyward-Bust. DHB spent most of the day on the side line where he belongs.
The Raider defense played relentless for the whole game frustrating Philip Rivers and stopped the Chargers anemic running game. Rivers was visible rattled and threw the ball with not commitment. Most of his thrown balls looked like sad sick ducks flying south for the winter. Quack! Rolando McClain went old school Ted Hendricks on little Darren Sproles knocking him out of the game with a legit “NFL” approved hit.
I asked the football gods for a “one time win” last blog and they came through for me. Thank you all powerful gods of the pigskin! Tom Cable summed up the game perfectly. “This is what we’re capable of when we do things the right way. A tremendous football game by the Raiders. Getting back to our identity, getting back to what we do best, and that’s play hard on defense, battle them in the kicking game and run the football.”
JBB Staff Writer