What’s up sports fans? What a difference a new quarterback makes. After picking up Carson Palmer the Raiders suffered a couple of losses and it was looking like getting Palmer wasn’t a good acquisition. Palmer made the critics rethink that idea. Carson Palmer went 14 of 20 for 299 yards, which is a much better than the last two games he’s played. I had a feeling once he got into the Raiders system, he would calm down and start having fun. Fun is what he had against San Diego. “We had a real good rhythm going,” Palmer said. “There were some great play calls at the right time. We still have some things to get better at, but it’s just good to come into this environment and get a win.”
Michael Bush ran for 157 yards, and he also caught the ball three times for 85 yards. You can tell this Raiders team is coming together. They’re doing it at their own pace, but they are coming together. Obviously some of the offensive linemen went down and we smelled blood and we just went after him,” Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. “All week our defensive coordinator said, `Hey, they can score from anywhere on the field and it’s going to be up to our defensive front to get pressure on the quarterback,”’ Seymour added. “We knew we could get it done but it was going to be a collective effort.” With Hue Jackson’s acquisition of Palmer you were wondering how this team would respond. Sometimes in NFL they are chemistry issues.
The team lost Jason Campbell who seemed to be the guy for Oakland. When he got injured it left the team looking for answers. When Palmers first two games didn’t pan out well for the offense it made you wonder if they would still have to find a quarterback who could lead them to a playoff berth. Obviously Hue Jackson is glad to see Palmer succeed. “I know the man, I know what he is and what we have,” coach Hue Jackson said. “We haven’t seen the best of him yet. He’s just warming up.” For the Chargers it was yet another time they had a chance to get back in the playoff race and couldn’t capitalize on the situation. Phillip River was intercepted in the end zone by Matt Giordano. He had 3:22 left on the clock . Had he completed that pass it would’ve tied up the game. Instead Rivers threw his 15th interception for a career high low. He went 23 of 47 for 274 yards with 2 TD’s and a int. , but he fumbled in the final play which allowed the Raiders to seal the win.
One of the Chargers biggest problem was allowing the Raider defense entry into their back field. Rivers was sacked 6 times during this contest.“We’re in a rough stretch right now. We get a few days off to take a deep breath,” Rivers said. The Raiders do have some kicking issues. First Sebastian Janikowski has a sore hamstring so getting him to kick in this one was like pulling teeth. Shane Lechler was 0 for 1 and had a dismal 39.6 rating punting the ball. So the Raiders thought, heck! why not go for the fake punt while they were on the Chargers 37 yard line, which I thought didn’t make any sense, and neither did the outcome. Shane Lechler threw a pass to Jakoby Ford which didn’t do any good because Quentin Jammer took Ford out before he could do anything with the play. On the next drive Michael Bush scored on a 2 yard pile jump to finish off a scoring drive. The Raiders ran the ball well despite not having Darren McFadden with a 191 yards on the ground.
Oakland appears to have regained focus. No question this win shows a resurgence by a team that when they were down didn’t quit. They kept on bringing the best of what they have and when it was time to find answers they produced in a year that they’ve lost the essence of this franchise Al Davis. They’re 5-4 and have a half game lead on the Kanas City Chiefs. Think they can keep it going? What do you think? Drop me a line and give me you thoughts. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!