NFL@L.A.: 2011 Week 6 coverage

Rapid Reaction: Raiders 24, Browns 17

October, 16, 2011
OAKLAND, Calif. -- A look at an emotional day for the Oakland Raiders.

What it means: It wasn’t pretty -- and the team lost quarterback Jason Campbell -- but the Raiders Just Won, Baby, 24-17 against the Cleveland Browns in their first home game since owner Al Davis died Oct. 8 at age 82. There were several tributes to Davis on Sunday, and the greatest one was presented by the team as it improved its record to 4-2. The Raiders are now a half-game behind San Diego, 4-1, in the AFC West race. The Chargers had their bye Sunday.

Tomorrow’s talker: It’s all about Campbell’s injury. He left the game in the second quarter and went straight to the locker room. The Raiders have said only that his collarbone is being evaluated, but there are reports that he broke it and is out for the rest of the season. He was replaced by Kyle Boller. Rookie Terrelle Pryor will be activated from the roster exemption list Monday after his NFL suspension ended last week. He likely will back up Boller for now if Campbell is out.

How about Hue: First-year Oakland coach Hue Jackson is becoming quite the trickster. He has had called several trick plays this season. The Raiders sealed Sunday’s win when Shane Lechler threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kevin Boss on a fake field goal late in the third quarter. The Raiders are fast becoming one of the NFL’s most entertaining teams.

Heyward-Bey impresses again: Third-year receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had his third straight nice game, catching six passes for 82 yards. The No. 7 overall pick in 2009 is really making strides.

What’s next: The Raiders will host Kansas City next Sunday. They'll then have their bye week and return home to host Denver. The Raiders are in line to go 6-2 if they can stabilize their quarterback situation.

Wrap-up: Packers 24, Rams 3

October, 16, 2011

A few thoughts on the Green Bay Packers' 24-3 victory against the St. Louis Rams:

What it means: The Packers are 6-0 for the first time since 1965. They did most of their offensive damage in the second quarter and cruised through a scoreless second half. Despite giving up 424 yards to the Rams' previously anemic offense, nothing that happened Sunday changed my mind about the Packers' status as the NFL's top team.

RodgersWatch: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a perfect passer rating at halftime after throwing three touchdown passes in the second quarter, including a 93-yarder to receiver Jordy Nelson against some bumbling Rams coverage. But if you were hoping to see Rodgers pile up some record-breaking numbers thereafter, I'm sorry to report it didn't happen. Rodgers managed just 49 yards after halftime, but with a three-score lead, he didn't need to do much.

Offensive numbers: The Packers gave up 321 passing yards to Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. Running back Steven Jackson had 96 yards. If you heard those numbers before the game, you would have thought the Rams would have been in the game. But a Sam Shields' interception in the end zone ended one drive, and the Packers defense made the plays when it counted.

What's next: The Packers will travel to their home-away-from home at the Metrodome to take on the Minnesota Vikings. Packers fans, many of them local, annually buy up thousands of tickets for that game.

Wrap-up: Packers 24, Rams 3

October, 16, 2011

Thoughts on the St. Louis Rams' 24-3 road defeat to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6:

What it means: The Rams fell to 0-5 despite showing small signs of improvement. They probably haven't hit bottom in the standings, either, given that Dallas (road) and New Orleans (home) are next on the schedule. But expectations were low against the unbeaten Packers. This result could have been much worse.

What I liked: Sam Bradford was much more efficient early than in previous games, a positive step for the offense. Sacks weren't nearly the problem they had been previously this season. Rookie tight end Lance Kendricks snapped out of a slump with a 45-yard reception. The Rams' coaching staff made the right call by benching Mike Sims-Walker, holding him accountable for a drop-filled performance against Washington before the Rams' bye. That was the right call and a good reason to give younger receivers a chance. Bradford topped 300 yards and Steven Jackson threatened 100 yards on the ground. The Rams finished with 424 yards.

What I didn't like: Bradford threw an interception in the end zone when the Rams finally had a good scoring chance in the third quarter. He had thrown only one pick all season. Left tackle Rodger Saffold was shaken up late in the game. I'm not going to dwell on negatives in this game because they were relative negatives. Green Bay should have won big -- and arguably bigger than 24-3.

What's next: The Rams visit the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7.



Philip Rivers
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R. Mathews 285 1255 4.4 6
D. Woodhead 106 429 4.0 2
K. Allen 71 1046 14.7 8
A. Gates 77 872 11.3 4