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GameCenter: Oakland vs. San Diego

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/gamecenter/preview/NFL_20051016_SD@OAK" target="_blank">CBS Sportsline</a>

    GAME: San Diego Chargers (2-3) at Oakland Raiders (1-3).

    TIME: Sunday, 4:15 p.m. EDT.

    The San Diego Chargers will again be looking to reach the .500 mark this week when they travel to Oakland. If Drew Brees can continue his mastery of the Raiders, the Chargers should have a good chance to even their record.

    Brees and the Chargers look to bounce back from their Monday night loss to Pittsburgh when they take on a Raiders team coming off a bye week.

    The Chargers opened the season 0-2, but rebounded in stunning fashion with a 45-23 home rout of the New York Giants in Week 3, followed by a 41-17 road victory over New England the following week.

    Against the Steelers, though, the Chargers' defense couldn't get a stop on Pittsburgh's final drive even after knocking quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out of the game late in the series, and lost 24-22 on Jeff Reed's 40-yard field goal with 6 seconds left.

    San Diego had gone ahead on LaDainian Tomlinson's 2-yard run with 4:42 left. Tomlinson, however, was stuffed on a two-point conversion attempt that would have given the Chargers a 24-21 lead.

    "It's 50-50 there," Brees said. "Give it to the best running back in the league or throw it to the best tight end in the league," he said, referring to Antonio Gates.

    If Brees plays Sunday like he did last Oct. 31 against the Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium, Tomlinson and Gates should both have ample opportunities to play big roles in the offense. In that game, Brees threw for a career-high five touchdowns, going 22-of-25 for 281 yards and no interceptions to lead the Chargers to a 42-14 win.

    The five TDs tied Brees for the second-most against Oakland, one behind Chargers Hall of Famer Dan Fouts.

    Brees has won his last three starts against Oakland, throwing seven touchdowns and no interceptions in those games.

    While Brees will be leading San Diego into McAfee Coliseum to play after a short week, Oakland will be getting back on the field after its week off. The Raiders finally earned their first win before the break, beating Dallas 19-13 at home Oct. 2.

    Randy Moss caught a 79-yard pass on Oakland's second play, opening up the defense for LaMont Jordan, who rushed for a career-high 126 yards and a score.

    The impressive performance by the ground game came a week after Oakland gained only 21 rushing yards in a 23-20 loss to Philadelphia.

    "We were determined to get running yards, especially after being shut down last week," offensive lineman Barry Sims said. "We really wanted to get LaMont going. And you can't go when there's no where to go, so we really wanted to get some lanes opened up for him."

    That rejuvenated rushing attack should get a good test this week, as San Diego is ranked seventh in the league against the run, allowing just 93.8 yards per game.

    Tomlinson and the Chargers could also have a tough time running the ball. At 139.8 yards per game, San Diego has the third-best rushing offense, but the Raiders are giving up 3.4 yards per carry, sixth-lowest in the NFL.

    Plus, Tomlinson struggled against the Steelers' physical run defense on Monday, rushing for 62 yards on 18 carries against what he called the best defense against the run he's faced in his career.

    These teams meet again Dec. 4 at Qualcomm.

    STANDINGS: Chargers - 2nd place, AFC West. Raiders - 4th place, AFC West.

    CHARGERS LEADERS: Offense - Brees, 1,042 passing yards and 7 passing TDs; Tomlinson, 512 rushing yards and 9 rushing TDs; Gates, 23 receptions and 341 receiving yards; Keenan McCardell, 5 receiving TDs. Defense - Steve Foley, 2"½ sacks; Bhawoh Jue, 2 INTs.

    RAIDERS LEADERS: Offense - Kerry Collins, 1,091 passing yards and 6 passing TDs; Jordan, 274 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs and 20 receptions; Moss, 466 receiving yards; Moss and Courtney Anderson, 2 receiving TDs. Defense - Derrick Burgess, 3 sacks; Warren Sapp and Charles Woodson, 1 INT.

    CHARGERS TEAM RANK: Rushing Offense - 139.8 yards per game (3rd in NFL); Passing Offense - 200.0 ypg (22nd); Total Offense - 339.8 ypg (14th). Rushing Defense - 93.8 ypg (7th); Passing Defense - 240.2 ypg (26th); Total Defense - 334.0 ypg (21st).

    RAIDERS TEAM RANK: Rushing Offense - 78.5 ypg (27th); Passing Offense - 262.3 ypg (5th); Total Offense - 340.8 ypg (13th). Rushing Defense - 99.3 ypg (11th); Passing Defense - 271.8 ypg (29th); Total Defense - 371.1 ypg (29th).

    LAST MEETING: Nov. 21; Chargers, 23-17. At Oakland, Calif., Tomlinson rushed for 164 yards and a TD to lead San Diego to its fourth straight win.

    STREAKS AND NOTES: Chargers - Marty Schottenheimer's 22 regular season wins over the Raiders are the most by any coach. ... Tomlinson's 164 yards against Oakland on Nov. 21 was his highest total last season. ... The Chargers swept the Raiders in 2004 for the first time since 1992. Raiders - WR Moss has 18 catches for 247 yards and two TDs in two career games against the Chargers. ... Oakland is trying for consecutive home wins for the first time since Weeks 2 and 3 of last season. ... QB Collins has 11 TDs and five INTs in his last eight home games against AFC West opponents.

    ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Chargers - 1-1 on the road; Raiders - 1-1 at home.

    INJURIES: Chargers - OUT: G Toniu Fonoti (hand); TE Ryan Krause (foot). QUESTIONABLE: QB Brees (calf); DE Jacques Cesaire (shoulder); LB Stephen Cooper (ankle); CB Drayton Florence (ankle); LB Foley (abdomen); LB Randall Godfrey (back); S Jue (shoulder); T Shane Olivea (knee); RB Darren Sproles (ankle). Raiders - OUT: WR Ronald Curry (Achilles'). DOUBTFUL: C Jake Grove (knee). QUESTIONABLE: RB John Paul Foschi (knee). PROBABLE: G Langston Walker (back).

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