Defense! Defense! Defense!
The Raiders stifling defense was on fire yesterday as the Oakland Raiders almost pulled off an upset on Monday night which would have put the Chargers in very familiar territory. The almost 10 million dollar man Philip Rivers dragged the Chargers to a 24-20 win over the Raiders which would mark their 12th straight loss to the Chargers and 11th straight on prime time Monday night football.
“One thing I know is no team in this league can practice two-minute situations as much as we do,” Rivers said. “It’s a little different executing it on Murphy Canyon Road as it is in Oakland. … I said: ‘Well, we’ve done this a million times, let’s go score. All we need is three.”‘
The Chargers would get more then 3 with a clutch pass from Rivers to Antonio Gates and then a 5 yard TD run from Sproles with less then 21 seconds remaining in the game to put the dagger in the Raiders hearts at 24-20.
“Our football team played its guts out and didn’t finish the game,” coach Tom Cable said. “That’s the bottom line.”
The truth was the Raiders did play their hearts out and fell heartbreakingly short. JaMarccus Russel was hot at times throwing bullets down the field and then cold while throwing question marks out onto the turf.
During the heated battle the Chargers lost 2 offensive lineman Nick Hardwick and rookie Louis Vasquez, Hardwick to a sprained left ankle and Vasquez to a sprained knee. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson also sprained an ankle causing him to sit out most of the 3rd and 4th quarter.
Hardwick, Vasquez, and Tomlinson are not expected to practice on Wednesday but will be ready for the Ravens at Qualcomm stadium in San Diego this Saturday.