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OAKLAND, CA –  The Oakland Raiders, who are the last NFL team forced to play home games on a baseball team’s infield dirt, had their fair share of groundballs on Monday.

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What it means: In a game of two battered teams, it was the Chargers who started a critical season for coach Norv Turner with a win. Meanwhile, the Raiders were betrayed by special teams and a stalled offense to spoil the debut of the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen era.

OAKLAND —- Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano preached a basic philosophy to his players throughout the preseason.

Philip Rivers was effective throughout the game, especially on long throws to his receivers. Best of all, he didn’t turn the ball over. The most glaring issue came in the red zone, which the offense left too many times with a field goal. That’s not all on Rivers, but has to get more touchdowns out of short fields and red-zone tries.

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