The Oakland Raiders break their two game losing streak with a big, 24-17 win over their AFC West nemesis, the San Diego Chargers.
It was a battle of quarterbacks between Raiders’ QB, Carson Palmer, and Chargers’ QB, Phillip Rivers. Palmer won the matchup, coming up one yard short of passing for his second straight 300-yard passing game.
For the game, Palmer went 14-of-20 for 299 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception (his only mistake of the evening). I know Al Davis is smiling down from heaven right now, because the Raiders vertical passing attack is back in full effect, for the Silver and Black.
Palmer got a big assistance from running back Michael Bush, who ran for 157 yards and a touchdown score. Bush’s ability to be productive in this offense, has allowed the Raiders to run the ball seamlessly without injured running back Darren McFadden. Bush’s performance gave him the #1 spot, all-time for a Raiders running back performance against the Chargers. Bush also had three catches for 85 receiving yards, to go with his monstrous running exhibition.
Rookie wide receiver, Denarius Moore, is becoming the consistent playmaker the Raiders need down the field. The speedster had five catches for 123 yards, to go along with two touchdowns. Moore, also became the 5th rookie in Oakland’s history to have over a 100-yards receiving, and two touchdowns in a ball game.
The Raiders defense set the tone for Thursday night matchup, as their performance and effort made up for a dismal second half outing against the Denver Broncos. They only gave up 75 yards rushing, compared to last week’s total, in which they allowed the Broncos to run for 299 rushing yards (SMH). While the offense remains somewhat consistent, Oakland’s defense definitely reminds me of a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” act. If they can consistently become the “Big Bully” on the AFC West block, then the Raiders can become a clear front runner to win the division.
Three weeks into the “Carson Palmer Experiment”, has taken Raider Nation on somewhat of an emotional ride. One thing is for certain, head coach Hue Jackson, might actually know what he’s doing out there, and should be credited for making a bold, but the right move, to bringing in the semi-retired Palmer. With a new lease on his football life, Palmer looks to be regaining his 2005-08 form.
The Raiders sit atop the AFC West for now, at 5-4, but how long will their reign last? The good thing for them about playing on Thursday night, is that they get 10 days to prepare for their next ball game, on the road against the Minnesota Vikings. Until then, I’m pretty sure Jackson will have them working on their “Commitment to Excellence” for the next 10 days.
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Written by Arthur Kai