Sunday, December 30, 2012
Wrap-up: Chargers 24, Raiders 21
By Bill Williamson
A look at two teams ending disappointing seasons:
What it means: The end for both teams. San Diego, which won three of the final four games, finished at 7-9. Oakland finished 4-12. Each team had much higher hopes to start the season. The Raiders are projected to have the No. 3 pick. The Chargers are not projected to have a top-10 pick.
Pryor shows promise: Oakland second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor showed promise in his first NFL start. Pryor showed good accuracy and he had a good command of the offense. The game did not look too big for him and he looked like he belongs behind center. Pryor led Oakland to three touchdowns. The Raiders went the past two games without reaching the end zone. There is hope for the future. I think Pryor can easily be Oakland’s backup next season.
Coaching finale: This was very, very likely the end of the Norv Turner-A.J. Smith era in San Diego. Even though the Chargers rallied late in the season (again), there will likely be a major change.
Spikes has angry exit: San Diego linebacker Takeo Spikes and Oakland running back Mike Goodson were ejected early in the game after fighting. Spikes, a 15-year veteran, could have played his final game.
Spurlock is a keeper: San Diego receiver Michael Spurlock took the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. He had a punt return last week. Along with receiver Danario Alexander, the Chargers have two building blocks on offense.
Chargers’ ground issues continued: The Chargers didn’t score on the ground. It has now gone 11 straight games without a rushing touchdown. The Raiders broke a nine-game ground drought Sunday.
What’s next: Coaching changes, in some form, and readiness to improve in 2013 is the recipe for both teams.