Sunday, November 1, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Chargers 24, Raiders 16
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
SAN DIEGO -- The Raiders actually had a chance to send this game to overtime despite being badly outplayed.
It was all in JaMarcus Russell's hands and he couldn’t come through. The Raiders’ last drive was a disaster as they faced second and 28 and fourth and 20 situations. A Russell fumble and a false start sabotaged Oakland’s last chance.
The Raiders appeared doomed by having to rely on Russell, who was relegated to handing off for much of the game. This is how much the Raiders don’t trust him: They opted for a 48-yard field goal attempt near the end of the first half on third down instead of risking a Russell miscue.
In the end, it was another empty loss for Oakland, which limps into the bye at 2-6.
The Chargers continued to repair their season as they are now 4-3 after wins over the Chiefs and Raiders the past two weeks. The Chargers, who trail Denver by two games in the AFC West, now travel to face the New York on Sunday.
This wins wasn't a perfect game for San Diego. It was sloppy at times and the Chargers couldn’t finish drives again. But San Diego did just enough and Russell did the rest.