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Friday, December 5, 2008
Wrapping-up the Chargers' win over Oakland


Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here are some left-over thoughts from San Diego's 34-7 win over Oakland on Thursday night:

 
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 Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes in Thursday's win over the Raiders.

The Raiders are now 22-71 in the nearly six full seasons since they advanced to the Super Bowl after the 2002 season. Yes, 22-71. Can it be more brutal? I can't think of a way.

The Raiders finished their AFC West slate 2-4 with wins over Denver and Kansas City. The Chargers are 3-1 in the AFC West with games against Kansas City and Denver remaining. Denver is 2-2 in the division with games against Kansas City and San Diego left. Kansas City, which is 2-10 overall, is 2-2 in the division with games against the Chargers and the Broncos remaining.

The Chargers ran 68 plays Thursday night. They entered the game averaging a league-low 55 offensive plays a game.

Raiders rookie Darren McFadden ran the ball just once and he had two catches. He needs the ball more. This is the No. 4 overall pick we're talking about. What is Oakland waiting for?

The Raiders' offensive line is really, really struggling. The team may need two or three new starters. Their best starter, guard Cooper Carlisle, is a free agent who could be attractive on the open market.

How badly did former Oakland coach Norv Turner want to beat the Raiders? He challenged a San Diego fumble with about three minutes remaining in the game and San Diego leading by 27 points. He lost the challenge. That, of course, was the only thing Turner lost Thursday night.