Monday, September 29, 2008
A few more notes from Oakland
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
OAKLAND -- Leftover thoughts from the Chargers' 28-18 win over Oakland:
- Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said both running back Darren McFadden (turf toe) and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (elbow) were limited severely because of their injuries. Kiffin said both players likely would not have played if the team had other options. McFadden had just 20 yards on seven carries.
The team hopes he and Justin Fargas will be healthy when Oakland returns from the bye Oct. 12 at New Orleans. Fargas has missed the past two games with a groin injury.
- Sebastian Janikowski attempted a 76-yard field goal at the end of the first half. He was about 10 yards short. Kiffin said Janikowski has hit field goals of 70-73 yards in practice.
- The Raiders came onto the field for pre-game introductions as units. The linebackers were introduced tighter the running backs were introduced together and so on. Kiffin said he came up with the idea Saturday night because his team had to play together.
- The Chargers broke the 18-18 tie after Darren Sproles broke a 69-yard kickoff return. Sproles said he told teammates he had a "special" return in him. He was right.
- The Chargers offensive line, healthy for the first time this season, gave up four sacks. That has to improve. Philip Rivers didn't seem comfortable until late in the game.
- Sure, the Raiders have allowed 42 points in the past two fourth quarters. That, is indeed, bad, really bad. But give Oakland credit. It has played well the past three weeks during the Kiffin Fire Watch. Will it be enough to save his job? Maybe not, but this team has not laid down.