Week 13 Game Recap: Oakland Raiders 10, San Diego Chargers 34
What you need to know
Coming off a tough loss to the unpredictable Miami Dolphins, the Raiders marched down the field and put a quick three points on the board with a Janikowski 37 yard field goal on their first drive of the game. They were able to hang with the Chargers in the first half when Collins hit Courtney Anderson for a 16 yard touchdown to tie the game at ten. The Raidersí run defense kept LaDainian Tomlinson from any big plays, and they also kept him out of the end zone. They were only down by a touchdown at halftime, but it all went down hill once the second half started.
Kerry Collins didnít complete a pass in the second half until the fourth quarter. He threw seven straight incompletions to start the second half after his team had three straight three and outs. He threw a pass to Courtney Anderson when he was not even turned around, and it was returned 70 yards for a touchdown by the Chargers Clinton Hart. Lamont Jordan looked to be effective early in the first half, but once the Raiders were down by 17 points in the second half; they abandoned the run and were forced to throw the ball. He ended the game with only 55 rushing yards and two receptions for ten yards.
Randy Moss led the team with seven receptions for 74 yards but was kept out of the end zone and was not very effective in the game. The TV commentators noted that Moss looked way less than 100%. Jerry Porter ended with six receptions for 50 yards, but tight end Courtney Anderson was the only player on the team to score a touchdown.
The Raiders kept the Chargers offense from making any big plays, but they were unable to make any plays of their own and allowed the Chargers defense to put the game away. Down 17 points in the fourth quarter, Shane Lechler decided to run for the first down instead of punting the ball after a bad snap which gave the Chargers great field position. The interception returned for a touchdown signaled the end of the game for the Raiders, but it seemed to be over before that. Even when they were down by 17 points with enough time to make a comeback, there was no sense of urgency in the offense, and the whole team was mentally out of the game.
After allowing a quick field goal to the Raiders, the Chargers marched right back down the field with a heavy dose of LaDainian Tomlinson and answered with a field goal of their own, tying the score. Even though they were unable to gain as many total yards as the Raiders, they held the ball for about 35 minutes. The Chargers kept the Raiders defense on the field for the majority of the game and created game changing turnovers.
Drew Brees continued his effective play at quarterback completing 17 of 22 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He completed five passes in a row on the final drive of the second half leading the Chargers to their second touchdown and giving them a seven point lead at halftime. LaDainian Tomlinson started off strong but had to leave the game right before halftime after getting tackled in an awkward position. Michael Turner scored a touchdown that Tomlinson probably would have run for, but Tomlinson did return in the second half and ended the game with 86 rushing yards and five receptions for 24 yards.
Antonio Gates was coming off of a disappointing statistical game last week, but he was able to find the end zone on a six yard pass from Drew Brees in the second quarter. Keenan McCardell led the team in receiving with four receptions for 60 yards. Even though he was unable to find the end zone, he made three crucial catches on long third down plays to pick up a first down. All of which were on three separate drives that led to a score. Eric Parker had two huge catches, one which continued a drive and another witch capped off the drive with a one yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.
Clinton Hart finished off the Raiders in the fourth quarter with a 70 yard interception return for a touchdown on an errant throw to the Raidersí tight end who was not even looking for the pass. He also caused a big fumble in the first half which seemed to affect Jordan for the rest of the game. The bottom line in the Chargers win was efficiency and the ability to make game changing plays. Drayton Florence led the team with seven tackles and DeQuincy Scott recorded two sacks on Kerry Collins.
What you ought to know
Collins completed a big first down pass to Gabriel on the first drive of the game, setting up a field goal and giving the Raiders an early lead. He continued to spread the ball evenly to all his receivers throughout the first half. He completed a 34 yard pass in the second quarter to Randal Williams to quickly move the Raiders down the field and threw a 16 yard pass to Courtney Anderson a few plays later to tie the game at ten. In the third quarter, Collins tried to take advantage of the room Quentin Jammer was giving Randy Moss at the line of scrimmage but was unable to complete any passes. The Raiders continued to start the second half by going three and out three times in a row. Collins completed 13 of 20 passes in the first half, but didnít complete another pass until the fourth quarter, after starting the second half with seven straight incompletions. When it seemed like he had the offense back on track, he threw a pass to Courtney Anderson, but he was not looking, and the pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Clinton Hart in the fourth quarter. Even though he threw for 236 yards, he finished the day with 22 completions on 40 attempts.
Jordan looked good early breaking tackles and helping the Raiders move down the field on their first possession, even though he dropped a pass that would have continued the drive in the red zone. He continued to be the Raiders main guy early as he got the ball thrown his way and continued to make big runs in the first half, but he fumbled the ball on the Raidersí third drive and it was recovered by the Chargers. He seemed to struggle a bit in the series following his fumble and was visibly upset on the sideline. After the first three drives of the second half ended with a three and out, the Raiders were forced to abandon the run after the Chargers built a 17 point lead. His longest run was for 19 yards, but he finished the day with only 55 rushing yards and two receptions for ten yards.
Crockett only had one rush in the game, but he made the most of it by gaining 24 yards on the plays. He was targeted three times and caught two of the passes for 13 yards, but was not much of a factor in the rest of the game.
Quentin Jammer was giving Randy Moss about a seven yard cushion at the line of scrimmage early in the game, and Collins wasnít really throwing his way for some reason. Collins tried to get the ball to Moss at the beginning of the second half but was unable to complete a pass on his first seven pass attempts. Some of his routes didnít seem crisp and he looked to be limping during the game. His longest catch was for 24 yards, and he did make a very nice grab on a floating ball thrown by Collins, but it didnít make much of a difference in the game. He ended his night with seven catches for 74 yards. Moss claims heís feeling better but he looked quite a bit less than 100%.
It seemed like Collins was always throwing the ball to Porter, but they were never able to find much of a groove and Porter ended the game with a quiet six catches for 50 yards. His longest catch was for 12 yards, and most of his remaining receptions came when the game was well out of reach.
Gabriel was targeted six times, but he only caught two passes for 28 yards, and he was not much of a fantasy factor in the game.
Williams only caught one pass in the game, but it was a big catch for 34 yards, and it led to the Raidersí only touchdown in the game.
Whitted caught the only pass thrown his way for 11 yards and was not a fantasy factor in the game.
Anderson caught a 16 yard pass in the second quarter for the Raidersí only touchdown, which tied the game at ten. It was his only catch of the game, and he was only targeted two more times in the game.
Janikowski started the game with a 37 yard field goal to put the Raiders on top early. He missed a 61 yard field goal at the end of the first half that had the distance but was wide right. He did not get any more chances and made his only attempted extra point.
The Raidersí rush defense kept Tomlinson from rushing for 100 yards and kept him out of the end zone, but Michael Turner did rush for a one yard touchdown. The Chargers finished the game with 126 yards rushing. Linebacker Kirk Morrison led the team with 12 tackles and Nnamdi Asomugha had a respectable five tackles along with some big hits on some receivers. The Raiders offense only held the ball for about 25 minutes in the game which left their defense on the field for the majority of the game, and they were run down by the middle of the fourth quarter.
The Oakland pass defense didnít present much of a challenge for Drew Brees as he was able to complete 17 of 22 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions. They were unable to cover Antonio Gates and Keenan McCardell even though Tomlinson was held to 24 yards on five catches. McCardell was able to get loose on three third down conversions, which all led to scores for the Chargers. Bobby Hamilton and Terdell Sands were able to sack Brees once, but they were unable to pick off any passes or force many errant passes.
Brees only had 40 yards with a little more than six minutes left in the second quarter, but on the Chargers fourth drive, he completed all five of his pass attempts for 44 yards. Brees continued to look good in the second half, making a great pass to Eric Parker after eluding two tacklers and finishing the drive off with a one yard touchdown pass to Parker. He ended the first half completing all five of his passes and leading his team to a touchdown, which put them up by seven. He finished the game with efficient numbers, completing 17 of 22 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Tomlinson caught a shovel pass and ran for 16 yards on a third and long play on the first drive, which set the tone in the game as the Chargers quickly answered the Raiders field goal with one of their own. Tomlinson was used quite a bit in the half, but was lifted for Michael Turner with about two minutes left in the game. He went to the locker room with a team doctor and it was reported he had a rib issue. Tomlinson returned in the second half getting his normal dose of carries and running through tackles, but he seemed to start limping as the quarter continued and was occasionally replaced by Turner. He continued to run for substantial yardage, but once the Chargers grabbed a big lead, he was used in moderation.
Turner came into the game with about two minutes left in the first half after Tomlinson was forced to the sideline from an awkward tackle. Shortly after, he scored his second touchdown of the year on a two yard run, which put the Chargers up by a touchdown at halftime. Turner continued to make the best of his chances in the second half with a 14 yard run in a drive which led to a touchdown.
|RB Lorenzo Neal, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (2 targets)|
On Nealís twentieth carry for the whole year, he ran the ball on third and two and was able to pick up the first down after running over linebacker Danny Clark. In the same drive, he also picked up a first down on a second and short situation. Neal continued his first down running on short yardage plays, but he was not much of a fantasy factor.
McCardell became the thirteenth player in NFL history with 800 receptions in a career on his first catch of the game, which gave the Chargers a first down at the two minute warning on a drive that eventually led to a touchdown. His second reception was also for a big first down that put the Chargers in the red zone and led to a touchdown. McCardell showed his toughness when he held on to a 27 yard pass after he got nailed as soon as he turned around. Every time he made a big play for a first down, the drive ended in a score, and he caught all four passes thrown his way for a team leading 60 yards.
In the Chargers' second drive of the second half, Parker made a great catch in the red zone to continue the drive, and he was rewarded when Brees threw him a one yard touchdown pass on third down to put the Chargers up by 14 points. He caught one more pass in the game, and he ended up with three catches for 22 yards.
Brees looked for Gates on a big third and long play at the beginning of the second quarter for a 17 yard reception. Two plays later, Gates caught the Chargers first touchdown of the game on a six yard pass that was originally ruled incomplete but was over ruled after the replay. He continued to be the main target for Brees since he was targeted seven times and was looked for in clutch situations. He briefly left the game after getting kneed in the back on a 19 yard catch, but it didnít seem to be serious.
Kaeding made a 41 yard field goal at the beginning of the first quarter to answer the Raiders quick score and tie up the game. He also made a 32 yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Chargers a 17 point lead. He did not attempt any other field goals and made all four of his extra points.
Clinton Hart knocked the ball loose from Lamont Jordan on the Raidersí third drive of the game, stalling a drive that was moving down the field. Shaun Merriman continued the rough tackling when he grabbed Lamont Jordan with one hand after leaping through the air and preventing him from gaining any yardage. The Chargers held the Raiders to only 81 rushing yards as a team and kept Lamont Jordan from being much of a factor throughout the game. The Chargers offense held the ball for the majority of the game and created a huge lead, which made it easy on the defense.
DeQuincy Scott made a big sack in the first quarter to knock the Raiders out of field goal position after they looked like they had no problem moving the ball down the field. Scott led his team with two sacks and prevented Collins from ever putting together more that one complete drive. In the fourth quarter, Clinton Hart made an interception on an errant throw by Collins and returned it for 70 yards and a touchdown. Once the Chargers got out to a big lead, the Raiders were unable to run the ball and the defense was able to anticipate the pass, which gave Collins and the Raiders receiving corps a problem. Collins threw for 236 yards and completed 22 of 40 passes but was unable to make enough big plays to keep the Raiders close.