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Chargers scouting report: Oakland Raiders

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 30, 2005.

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    Source: <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/11/30/sports/professional/chargers/22_10_5911_29_05.txt" target="_blank">North County Times</a>

    By Jay Paris

    > KICKOFF: 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

    > SERIES: Oakland leads 55-35-2. The Chargers won the last meeting, 27-14, at Oakland on Oct. 16.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Kerry Collins

    Collins was supposed to tear up the league this year after the Raiders gave him Randy Moss as a playmate to go along with the explosive Jerry Porter. True to form, Collins is third in the NFL in passing yards (2,882), but the fact is his season has been a disaster, even though he has trimmed his interception total to nine. He is completing a pedestrian 54.9 percent of his passes and has thrown for only 15 touchdowns in 11 games. Collins' QB rating of 80.5 is 19th in the league. Trailing big early, Collins was forced to throw 48 times in last month's 27-14 loss to the Chargers. Only 24 were completed (for 292 yards), none for TDs.

    OFFENSE

    The Raiders' offensive unit was billed as being a throwback, with Collins throwing it all over the field to Moss and Porter, balanced by a running attack led by ex-Jets backup LaMont Jordan. But an offensive line which was advertised as a strength before the season has become a liability because of injuries and inconsistent play. Collins has been sacked 29 times, including seven in Sunday's loss to Miami. High-profile OTs Barry Sims and Robert Gallery were manhandled by the Dolphins. The Chargers got to Collins four times in their October win. Moss has been a bust, with only 38 catches for 697 yards and five TDs ---- numbers that put him on pace for career lows. Moss has been hampered by the rib, groin and pelvis injuries he suffered in that first Chargers game, in which he failed to catch a pass. Since that game, he has only 19 catches. Porter has 50 catches for 720 yards and four TDs. The focal point of the offense has been Jordan, who has scored 11 TDs (nine rushing) while rushing for 789 yards and catching a team-leading 59 passes. The problem: Jordan averages only 3.6 yards per carry for a team that ranks 27th in the NFL in rushing (85.3 ypg).

    DEFENSE

    DT Warren Sapp has been placed on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury, so the Chargers' offensive line catches a break there ---- Sapp's play had improved over last year. But what really should concern the Chargers is DE Derrick Burgess, a free-agent acquisition who shares the NFL lead with 11 sacks. Burgess sacked Drew Brees twice last month, but the Chargers still piled up 273 yards in the first half alone while building a 24-7 lead. LaDainian Tomlinson scored rushing and receiving TDs and also threw a scoring pass. Tommy Kelly moved inside to replace Sapp, and his 3 1/2 sacks are second among the Raiders on their 27th-ranked defense. Playing without injured CB Charles Woodson has hurt the Raiders, who are 21st against the pass (214 ypg). The Raiders hold a sad distinction with the Chargers ---- as the season winds into December, neither team has a starting cornerback with an interception. In fact, the Raiders' measly total of three interceptions is the lowest in the league. LB Kirk Morrison, the former San Diego State standout, leads the Raiders with 81 tackles and has forced two fumbles. The Raiders permit 23.8 points per game; on Sunday, they allowed 33 to a Miami team that was coming off a shutout loss to Cleveland. The frustration showed when Kelly and DT Ted Washington got into a shoving match.

    NOTEWORTHY

    Surprise, surprise ---- the Raiders lead the league with 113 penalties (for 904 yards). ... The 4-7 Raiders are on their way to their third straight last-place finish in the AFC West. ... The Chargers are going for their fifth straight victory over the Raiders. ... The Raiders last won in San Diego in 2002. ... Raiders head coach Norv Turner was the Chargers' offensive coordinator in 2001. ... Raiders owner Al Davis was instrumental in signing Chargers Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth when Davis was a Chargers assistant coach (1960-62). ... Oakland's average time of possession (28:48 per game) is the seventh lowest in the league. ... P Shane Lechler has a streak of 32 games with a kick of at least 50 yards.

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