Don’t let the score fool you. The Oakland Raiders dominated every phase of the game in Sand Diego tonight. Like we said earlier today. No Darren McFadden. No worries. Not when you have Michael Bush.
Bush ran around, through and over the Chargers as he gained an astounding 242 yards of total offense. Behind a bullying yet banged up offensive line Bush took the rock 30 times and ran for 157 yards.
But that was only one third of the story.
On the defensive side of things Oakland abused Philip Rivers all night. The league’s biggest cry baby had plenty to sob over as the Raiders’ D-line dominated the wounded and slow Charger blocking scheme.
For most of this season Kamerion Wimbley had done little to earn his phat check. In one evening filled with 4 sacks and countess pressures, Wimbley proved why Al Davis showed him the money. Rolando McClain had one of his better games in Silver and Black as well as the second year linebacker was like a magnet attracted to pigskin tonight.
All that pressure up front wasn’t a complete result of the front four. Oakland’s secondary put forth their best effort of the season. Stanford Routt made Vincent Jackson invisible for the evening. When Rivers finally dialed Jackson’s number it was far too late as Matt Giordano came up with a huge pick in the end zone on a play in which Jackson pretty much threw in the towel.
Still that was only two-thirds of the reason why Oakland won.
The final third was wearing #3.
Don’t look now but Carson Palmer is proving to be the difference maker the Raiders have needed. To be sure Palmer is still working out the kinks. That being said he’s turning the Oakland offense into one of the most dynamic units in the game.
Palmer is bringing back the vertical game one deep throw at a time.
Last week it was Jacoby Ford that blew up. Tonight it was Denarius Moore’s turn.
Moore abused Qunetin Jammer making the veteran corner look like he was the rookie. Moore had two TDs on the night but we’ll most remember his sick finger tip grab as the moment of the eveing. Denarius is living up to legend crafted during training camp.
This was the bully Hue Jackson has been building. Kicking the Chargers while they’re down is what bullies do.
For the Raiders this must win scenario couldn’t have gone any better. San Diego is now going to have to dig themselves out of a hole while the Raiders await Sunday to see if they’ll be alone in first. Come on Tim Tebow!
After two lackluster efforts, Coach Jackson got his team to dig deep on a short week and show some real character. Despite all the speculation, criticism and confusion of Sunday’s loss the Raiders did what all good teams do. They proved something to the world but more importantly to themselves.
No matter the rumors and questioning there is only one result that answers everything.
Just win, baby!
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