Sunday, December 5, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Raiders 28, Chargers 13
By Bill Williamson
SAN DIEGO -- A look at a surprisingly one-sided game, a 28-13 victory for the Oakland Raiders.
What it means: The Kansas City Chiefs have to be thrilled. After beating Denver to improve to 8-4, the Chiefs watched Oakland move into a tie for second place (the Raiders own the tiebreaker over San Diego because they swept them) at 6-6. If the Chargers lose next week at home to the Chiefs, they will be eliminated from the AFC West after winning the past four division crowns. The Chargers were 19-0 in December in the Phillip Rivers' era before Sunday’s decisive defeat.
Tomorrow’s talker: The Raiders snapped an ugly streak. They have won six games for the first time since 2002. They owned an NFL record for losing at least 11 games in seven straight seasons.
Trending: Oakland won this game the way it typically wins -- on the ground. After being stifled on the ground, in back-to-back lopsided defeats to Pittsburgh and Miami, the Raiders ran the ball well again Sunday. It had 251 rushing yards on 52 carries, taking pressure off of quarterback Jason Campbell. If they Raiders can stick to this recipe, they can win some more games.
What’s next: San Diego has a do-or-die home game against the Chiefs. Oakland plays at Jacksonville in a game it has to win to stay in the playoff conversation.