Chargers Edge Out Raiders In 13-6 Win


The San Diego Chargers went into the bye week with a 3 game losing streak. They needed to come out of their bye week with a win. It was tough win but it was a necessary to gain momentum.

The first play of the game was a botched snap by the Raiders. The Chargers capitalized when Phillip Rivers threw a touchdown pass to Malcolm Floyd. The Raiders got a field goal in the 1st quarter. The Chargers had field goals in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. Then the Raiders got a final field goal with 4:06 left in the game. Final score 13-6 for a Chargers win.

From a statistical standpoint, the Chargers controlled the game. They had the ball for 34:46, the offense did not turn the ball over, and the defenses key turnover won them the game. The team did not look right this entire game. The offense looked off from the line to the receivers. The line cannot pass block for more than 3 seconds. That forces Rivers to rush his throws and puts the receivers routes out of sync. There may not be a fix for the Chargers problems.

The defense looked 100% against the Raiders offense. The Raiders did not have 50 yards of offense from an individual receiver or running back. The Chargers pass rush got to the quarterback at full strength even Jerry Attaochu had a sack in his return. If the defense gets to the quarterback and runs them off the field then maybe the offenses issues can be hidden.

The Chargers got a necessary win to push them forward into their remaining schedule. Their next game will bring the St. Louis Rams to San Diego and the Rams just upset the Denver Broncos last week. If the Chargers can prove themselves against the Rams then they might find an advantage over the entire AFC West. They might gain a big thrust of momentum to the playoffs.