Sunday, October 10, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Raiders 35, Chargers 27
By Bill Williamson
OAKLAND -- A look at a wild Oakland's wild 35-27 victory over San Diego.
What it means: The Oakland Raiders showed a lot of guts and the San Diego Chargers blew another game they dominated. For the third time in three losses, San Diego undid itself with terrible special teams play and turnovers. The Raiders, who had the ball bounce their way all game long, snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Chargers with the win. The game was sealed when a Philip Rivers fumble was recovered by Oakland and returned for a touchdown in the final seconds. Oakland, San Diego and Denver are all tied for second place in the AFC West at 2-3. Kansas City is 3-1.
Tomorrow’s talker: Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell played well when he spelled Bruce Gradkowski. Campbell led Oakland to the lead and completed 13 of 18 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown passes. Campbell converted three big third downs in relief for Gradkowski, who has a shoulder injury. It is unknown how long Gradkowski will be out. But Campbell, who was replaced after six quarters earlier this season, showed he can lead this team.
Trending: Something is going to have to give with San Diego’s special teams. It had two blocked punts, which directly resulted in nine points for Oakland. In San Diego’s three losses, special teams has directly cost it 30 points. That is unbelievable. Plus, the Chargers had three turnovers, including two in the red zone. The Chargers are a very fine team, but these terrible miscues are ruining a good thing.
What’s next: Oakland has a Bay Area clash at San Francisco and San Diego plays at St. Louis, which was drilled by the Lions on Sunday.