NFL Nation: 2013 Week 5 SDG at OAK

OAKLAND -- A few thoughts on the San Diego Chargers27-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

What it means: The Chargers dropped into the AFC West cellar with a loss to the Raiders in the team’s first divisional game. San Diego was the favorite heading into a contest for the first time this season but failed to play with the urgency needed to win on the road.

Blunders and miscues reign: The Chargers turned the ball over five times, and the Raiders converted those miscues into 17 points. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers threw three interceptions, including one on the opening series, which Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor quickly converted into a 44-yard touchdown pass to Rod Streater. Eddie Royal's muffed punt was recovered by Oakland’s Chimdi Chekwa and converted into a 47-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal in the second quarter. And Charles Woodson scored a touchdown on a 25-yard fumble return when linebacker Kevin Burnett jarred the ball loose from Danny Woodhead on a big hit in the third quarter. The Chargers also had a field goal try blocked. San Diego’s defense failed to contain Pryor, who finished 18-of-23 passing for 221 yards and two touchdowns.

Offense sputters: San Diego’s offense had been purring through the first quarter of the season heading into Sunday’s contest, but Rivers and the rest of the offense sputtered against the Raiders. The Chargers were shut out in the first half for the first time this season. They finished with more than 400 yards of offense but just 32 rushing yards. The Chargers played most of the contest without their leading rusher, Ryan Mathews, who left the game in the first half with a concussion.

Young receivers play well: Vincent Brown has his best game of the season, finishing with eight receptions for 117 yards, including a long of 51 yards, and rookie Keenan Allen had his second straight productive game, finishing with six catches for 115 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown.

What’s next: The Chargers return home to Qualcomm Stadium to face the Indianapolis Colts next Monday night.

Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders

October, 7, 2013

OAKLAND -- A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 27-17 win over the San Diego Chargers:

What it means: The Raiders rode an emotional wave early, thanks in part to the late start time (8:35 p.m. PT) and had just enough to hold off the Chargers. A running attack behind a patchwork offensive line and featuring Rashad Jennings early and Marcel Reece late kept San Diego’s defense honest, and the Raiders’ defense pitched a first-half shutout and had just enough to hold on. Five takeaways -- including their first three interceptions of the season -- by Usama Young, D.J. Hayden and Charles Woodson -- helped the Raiders overcome injuries and personnel shortcomings and to hold on after leading 24-3 entering the fourth quarter.

Stock watch: Rising: Terrelle Pryor. His improvement from week to week as an NFL quarterback has been stunning. Pryor, playing for the first time since suffering a concussion at Denver two weeks prior, completed his first 10 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns, including a 44-yard scoring strike to Rod Streater on the Raiders’ first offensive play of the game. He seemed to be playing backyard football in the first half, when he had a perfect passer rating of 158.3. In the second half, though, with the lack of a credible running attack, he fell victim to three sacks. Until their late scoring drive, the Raiders had only one second-half first down … on the first play after halftime. Pryor’s ability to make plays while rolling to the right was the difference.

C-Wood makes history: Woodson was signed not just for nostalgia; he was supposed to provide leadership and a blueprint for professionalism. Five games in, he’s the Raiders’ best player. Period. His 25-yard fumble recovery late in the third quarter not only gave Oakland a 24-3 lead, but it was his 13th career defensive touchdown, tying him with Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper for the most in NFL history.

What's next: The Raiders (2-3) travel to Kansas City to take on the unbeaten and untied Chiefs (5-0). Oakland has won eight of the past 11 meetings, including six straight in Kansas City.