San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders Recap

Who likes ugly football?  Appearently the Oakland Raiders do.  The Raiders v. San Diego Chargers match-up was doomed from the moment that Raiders Long Snapper, Jon Condo, went down.  When back-up Snapper Travis Goethel came in, things started to unravel for the Raiders.  Two low snaps and a poor job of blocking on a third punt led to three punts being blocked.  The Blocked punts left San Diego in firm control of field posision with little the Silver and Black could do to recover.  The bright spot for the Raiders was Darren McFadden.  Run DMC carried the ball 15 times for only 32 yards, but caught 13 of Carson Palmers throws for 86 yards.  Palmer on the day threw for 297 yards on 32 completions off of 46 attempts, with one Touch Down to rookie Rod Streater.  The Raiders defense had trouble controling the Chargers in short field situations and had trouble getting past an undrafted rookie Left Tackle for Chargers, Mike Harris.

On San Diego’s side of the ball, Philip Rivers looked a bit unsettled, but threw the ball well.  On several throws his was over the head of his receivers and looked like he was trying to force throws in to a healthy Antonio Gates.  Without running back Ryan Mathews, out with a shoulder injury, Curtis Brinkley led the Chargers in rushing yards…. with 12.  Malcom Floyd and Robert Meachem did well, catching 6 balls for 115 yards combined, with Floyd bringing in the loan San Diego touch down last night.  San Diego won this game squarely on the shoulders of its special teams, and even with the injury to Condo, I’m not sure they don’t block at least one of the punts anyway.  This unit looks like it can be a decent fantasy producer for some one in need of some depth or bye week fill ins.

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