It was not the game that Norv Turner had scripted, but as they say a win is a win and this one meant that the Chargers have extended their winning streak against the Raiders to 12 in a row.
The Oakland Raiders dominated the San Diego Chargers in every category the entire first half. Every category that is except the score. The two teams went into the locker rooms at halftime tied at 10. The Chargers were only able to amass a total of 74 yards in the first half while the Raiders racked up 216. The Raiders ground game was very efficient totaling 105 yards to just 21 yards for the Chargers.
Neither team managed to score a single point in the third quarter. The Chargers found themselves scrambling for offensive linemen when they lost both Louis Vasquez and Nick Hardwick. Vasquez apparently injured his knee and Hardwick had to be carted off the field. Steve Gregory and Louis Castillo were also dinged up during this period. Russell had to leave the game for a few plays with an apparent knee injury, but then came back in the game and opened up the playbook and completed a 25 yard pass to Zach Miller as the clock wound down and wrapped up the third quarter.
The forth quarter was a back and forth battle. Janikowski put the Raiders up by three with a 35 yard field goal. Then the Chargers marched down the field and took the lead with a 15 yard pass from Rivers to Vincent Jackson. Then on a 4th and 13 play, Russell connects with a wide open Louis Murphy and the Raider again take the lead. Antonio Cromartie and Clinton Hart pointed at each other thinking the other had blown the assignment on the play. Philip Rivers now had just over two minutes to cover 89 yards if the Chargers were going to pull out the victory. He did just that, with great catches by Naanee and Sproles the Chargers moved toward their end zone in a businesslike fashion. Then Darren Sproles ran it in from 5 yards out with just 18 seconds left on the clock.
Tomlinson was absent for the forth quarter and apparently also sustained an ankle injury so the Charger trainers are going to be busy trying to get everyone healthy before their home opener this Sunday against the Ravens.
Charger fans will be eagerly awaiting the news on Tuesday when the details are released as to just how serious some of the Chargers injuries actually are.