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Chargers Beat Raiders: Dishonorable Dis-Charge

By Ernie Padaon

September 10, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ronnie Brown (30) is tackled by Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain (55), strong safety Tyvon Branch (33), linebacker Philip Wheeler (52), and free safety Matt Giordano (27) during the third quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Here are a few players that didn’t really perform to the standards we needed them to in last night’s game:

Ronnie BrownBrown only had 5 carries in the game for 5 yards. Don’t you think you could run for a yard per carry? If you had to start him in your fantasy league, you probably are looking at a ‘L’ for week 1 and angry that you wasted a roster spot for him. The whole running game did not look pretty, but Norv already reached for Curtis Brinkley to try and carry the load for the team. Brinkley was much more involved in the game last night and could be who we turn to while Ryan Mathews sits out. Ryan Grant anyone?

Antonio GatesWhere is the lift? The ball clanked off of his hands in the end zone on a play Chargers fans are used to seeing him make? Does anyone ever know if Gates looks faster, slower, bigger or smaller? Any time I watch the game with someone, I hear, “Is Gates bigger/slower/smaller/faster?” Let’s just call him decptively fat/fast. Next time he needs to bring that ball in for a touchdown. We can’t afford to miss opportunities like that against a good team. Luckily, we played the Raiders though and got away with it.

Jared GaitherCould this be the last time I throw a shot at Jared Gaither? Probably not even close! Mike Harris stepped up and did a good job on the left side and made us not even think about the Big Lazy for one day. I still am waiting to see the Big Dollar on the practice field.

Who else didn’t hit the mark last night?