Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Happy Veterans Day.

(AP)  SAN DIEGO – Carson Palmer is catching on with Oakland just as the Raiders are regaining their swagger.

Reporting from San Diego — The Oakland Raiders turned the corner Thursday night.

Not just in terms of injuries (of which they have a lot) or in the playoff race, but in a grander, big-picture sense, something appears to be lacking in San Diego. With each passing week, the seemingly ever-present questions about coach Norv Turner’s and general manager A.J. Smith’s futures with the franchise grow louder and louder.

Carson Palmer appeared calm and collected in just his second Raiders start Thursday night, and that spelled doom from the beginning for a sinking Chargers team.