What did I tell yall?! The Raiders came out with a 1-2 punch for that a**. Talk about a rebound! No NBA pun intended LOL. The Raiders claim the number one spot in the AFC West after smashing the Chargers on Thursday in their own home. This was a game the Raiders needed after having two ghastly back to back losses.
McFadden sat out once again but Bush, in his absence did a great job. He ran for 242yards and took a 2 yard leap for a touchdown. His performance was a lot better than previous weeks. He was unable to score from just 2 yards out a couple of weeks ago. A back his size should be unstoppable 80% of the time. Palmer had 299 yards with only one interception & he threw two TDs. His target wasn’t Jacoby Ford (who subsequently left the game with a foot injury) or DHB it was Denarius Moore and he had a stellar performance! 123 yards & two TDs. He was Palmers go to guy & he made big plays when needed.
A few people have been asking about Bey. He hasn’t shown up on an injury report but hasn’t seen much action. Like I said before, I think it is because he gave up on a play when Oakland played KC. Palmer did not overthrow him, he slowed down.... moving along.
Rivers had been playing nasty and so had the Raiders defense. Not to excuse Oakland’s offense but they did have a few new pieces added to the mix that requires longer than 2 weeks to get used to. In any case it was time for somebody to put up or shut up. The injuries to SD didn’t make it easy for Rivers and the help from his rookie WR just wasn’t enough to stop the offensive charge and defensive force of the Oakland Raiders. The team was in a zone, the defense wouldn’t let Rivers breath as he was sacked 6 times and the Chargers couldn’t do too much with their run game with Matthews, Tolbert or Brinkley at less than 100%. So what did Rivers do? He put that pigskin in the air. Our CB are so much shorter than their WR, I knew before the game started that the advantage would go to San Diego. It was a good thing the defense was suffocating Rivers preventing him from getting his WR involved.
I was all over the place crazy. I went from watching it in the house to listening in the car as I drove my daughter to her grandparents so they see her off to homecoming. While she was eating I was watching and back to listening as I dropped her off at the dance. I was minutes away from home and I heard them say "Matt Giordano intercepts the ball" I was screaming like it was the Super Bowl.
The Chargers were threatening to tie the game with just under 4 minutes left and I did not want a repeat of the Denver game. This win puts us in the number one spot in the AFC West and gives us a good boost heading into next week. Palmer and the offense should feel good and our defense should feel even better. This one a great show they put on. The offensive line gave Palmer enough time to throw and the receivers were making room in order to be open. A very good sign heading into next week game in Minnesota.
I called the Raiders regualr season record ending at 10-6 and right now we are 5-4. I have the nerve to say we can win out but anything can happen. Next week we hand another L to the Vikings.
11/27 I will be watching the Raiders vs Bears in Paris. So excited!
LETS GO RAIDERS