Bush powers Raiders to win vs. Chargers

November, 11, 2011
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The Oakland Raiders got their season back on track, ending a two-game skid with their 24-17 win against the San Diego Chargers.

The win puts the Raiders in first place in the AFC West at 5-4. They now sit a half-game ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs (4-4).

The Raiders have found success against the Chargers of late. Thursday’s win was the Raiders’ third straight against San Diego after dropping the previous 13 meetings.

Michael Bush paced the Raiders offense, passing some Raider greats along the way.

His 242 scrimmage yards (157 rushing, 85 receiving) are the most by a Raider since the merger and the fourth-highest total in team history. He passed Bo Jackson’s 1987 total of 235 yards from scrimmage against the Seattle Seahawks.

Raiders wideout Denarius Moore added five catches for 123 yards and pair of touchdowns. He became the fifth Raiders rookie to have at least 100 receiving yards and two touchdown catches in a game.

Meanwhile, the Chargers have dropped four straight for the first time since losing nine straight in a span overlapping the 2002-03 seasons.

Philip Rivers completed just 23 of 47 for 274 yards in the loss. He finished with a pair of touchdowns to just one interception. It’s the eighth career game Rivers completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes, with three of those games coming against Oakland.

Rivers also lost a fumble, giving the Chargers two turnovers for the night. The Chargers lead the NFL with 21 turnovers, 11 of which have come during their four-game losing streak.

One player who gave Rivers fits Thursday was Oakland’s Kamerion Wimbley. He recorded just the fourth game of at least four sacks for the Raiders since the merger. Wimbley joins Anthony Smith (who did it in 1992 and 1993) and Hall of Famer Howie Long, who had 5 sacks back in 1983.

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