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Scouting the Raiders

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    October 27, 2009

    CHARGERS' NEXT OPPONENT
    Oakland Raiders (2-5)

    1:05 p.m. Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium
    It's hard to know where to start with the Raiders, so we'll just go with this: Like the Chiefs, who served as the Chargers' punching bag Sunday, Oakland isn't any good. The Raiders rank 32nd and last in the league in total offense, passing offense, first downs, punt returns and kickoff returns, and they are 31st in points scored.
    In seven games they've scored 62 points, or about as many as the Chargers should have scored in Kansas City. They haven't scored more than 13 in any game since their opener, when – and here's about the only reason for caution among Chargers fans – they put up 20 against San Diego in a game where it could be argued they should have won.
    Quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been hopeless, but he's expected to start this week despite getting benched Sunday after two interceptions, a fumble and a 31.1 passer rating in just five series. The defense held Kansas City to 10 points (big deal) and Philadelphia to 9, but has allowed at least 23 in every other game.
    – Jay Posner
    THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
    JaMarcus Russell, QB. Among 35 quarterbacks listed in the NFL stats this week, Russell ranks 30th or worse in every major category – completion percentage, average gain per attempt, rating and touchdown and interception percentage. He was 12-of-30 for 208 yards with one clutch 57-yard TD and two killer INTs in the first meeting with the Chargers. Amazingly, his only two TDs this year were the 57-yarder vs. the Chargers and an 86-yarder. That's it.
    Louis Murphy, WR. It would be easy to put down Zach Miller here (27 catches in last four games vs. San Diego, including six in the opener), but Murphy also gave the Chargers fits on Opening Night. He finished with four catches for 87 yards, including a big 57-yard TD with 2:34 left, and had another TD overturned by replay. He ranks second on the club with 16 catches.
    Richard Seymour, DE. Acquired in a trade just before the season opener, Seymour made an impact against the Chargers with six tackles and two sacks. He's tied for the team lead with four sacks and is the most likely defender to disrupt the game.
    FAMILIAR FACES
    There are several coaches and players with ties to San Diego County, starting with head coach Tom Cable, who was a graduate assistant at SDSU in 1989. Linebacker Kirk Morrison and wide receiver Chaz Schilens played for the Aztecs and passing game coordinator Ted Tollner was head coach there from 1994-2001 (as well as Chargers offensive coordinator from 1989-91). Linebackers coach Mike Haluchak also worked for the Chargers in that role from 1986-91. Wide receiver Todd Watkins (Helix) and tackle Khalif Barnes (Mount Miguel) are San Diego natives.
    INJURY REPORT
    Schilens broke his foot in training camp and was expected to return in Week 2. He's still not back. His latest target date was last week's Jets game, but he apparently had a setback late in the week and was inactive again. Running back Darren McFadden (knee) and guard Robert Gallery (broken leg) remain sidelined.
    SERIES HISTORY
    The Chargers once went 18 games without beating the Raiders, but even during that stretch they didn't lose more than 10 straight, managing a couple of ties. Oakland is on the other end of a different kind of streak – a staggering 12 straight losses to their in-state rivals. The last win came in 2003 in Oakland; the Raiders haven't won a game in San Diego since their Super Bowl season of 2002. Not one of those games here has been decided by less than a TD, and the average margin of defeat has been 17.8. That doesn't count a 27-point loss in Super Bowl XXXVII.
    DID YOU KNOW?
    Think people in the Bay Area might be tired of the Raiders' act? The announced crowd for Sunday's game against the Jets was just 39,354, the smallest to see a Raiders game in Oakland since Oct. 27, 1968, when 37,083 showed up in the third season of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
    DID YOU HEAR?
    “You can mark it down. The Raiders will be in the playoffs.” – Defensive lineman Richard Seymour, to an Oakland radio station last week.
    “I don't think we could've beat an Oakland high school team today.” – Seymour, after Sunday's loss.
    NUMBERS
    0 Home games in nearly 50 years the Raiders played without losing by more than 34 points – until Sunday's 38-0 loss to the Jets
    3 Interceptions by safety Michael Huff, three times as many as the 2006 No. 1 pick had in his first three NFL seasons (48 games)
    45.0 Net punting average by Shane Lechler, way above his NFL record for a season (41.2)
    52.2 Average yards per punt by Lechler, higher than the NFL season record set in 1940 by Sammy Baugh (51.4)
     
  2. Retired Catholic

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    Play 'em the same way we did the Chiefs. O Line better be up to snuff. They will be gunning for Rivers.
     
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  3. YuoGotOwn3d

    YuoGotOwn3d Well-Known Member

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    hopefully they play better than week 1.
     
  4. Buck Melanoma

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    Should we put in a baseball diamond just for this game? :lol:
     
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    THROW

    THROW

    THROW


    Make Chris Johnson(the cornerback) PRs Biotch, just like last year


    :bolt::bolt::bolt:
     
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  6. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    I can't wait... :abq2:
     
  7. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    they'll try to play smash mouth and run it down our throats

    sell out for the run
    force russell to win the game
     
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  8. Kwak

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    I don't want to see the Raiders DL having picnics in the chargers backfield. That 1st game was a pathetic performance by the OL.
     
  9. Johnny Lightning

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    October 28, 2009

    Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


    San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson:
    This is a chance for Tomlinson, who has been showing signs of busting out the past two games, to improve. Oakland gave up a whopping 316 yards on the ground to the Jets last week. Tomlinson had an up-and-down game against the Chiefs. He struggled in short-yardage situations. He had one run of 36 yards but he gained just 35 yards on 22 other carries. If he struggles against the Raiders’ porous run defense, it may be time to worry about Tomlinson.
     
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    Raiders-Chargers Preview

    Associated Press


    Updated: October 28, 2009


    The San Diego Chargers barely escaped with a win against the Oakland Raiders earlier this season. They didn't need any late-game heroics in their last contest.
    Coming off perhaps their most dominant effort of the season, the Chargers look to win their 13th straight over the Raiders as the AFC West rivals meet Sunday. San Diego (3-3) hasn't lost to Oakland (2-5) since a 34-31 road defeat Sept. 28, 2003, averaging 28.2 points during the run. The win streak, however, was in danger of ending before Darren Sproles scored the winning touchdown on a 5-yard run with 18 seconds left in a season-opening 24-20 victory Sept. 14.
    San Diego lost three of its next four during a stretch against tough opponents, but bounced back with a 37-7 win at Kansas City last Sunday. Coach Norv Turner and quarterback Philip Rivers said it was the team's most complete game of the season.
    "Individuals have to keep getting better and we have to collectively keep getting better as we zero in on what we have to do to prepare and play well against the Raiders," Turner told the Chargers' official Web site.
    Rivers threw three touchdown passes last week, giving him seven in his last three games.
    Against the Raiders, he answered a pair of go-ahead Oakland scores with a TD drive each time.
    LaDainian Tomlinson rolled his ankle in that game, causing him to miss the next two. Tomlinson and San Diego's running game have struggled this season, as he rushed for a season-high 71 yards versus the Chiefs.
    Tomlinson's 36-yard run on the Chargers' first touchdown drive was his longest since a 45-yarder against Denver on Dec. 28. The Chargers had 135 rushing yards after averaging 57.6 in their first five contests.
    Despite their struggles on the ground, San Diego has had little trouble scoring this season, averaging 26.8 points. The Chargers' defense, however, had given up an average of 27.2 points before holding the Chiefs to 203 yards.
    Oakland has been terrible offensively of late. The Raiders lost 38-0 at home to the New York Jets last Sunday and have been held to less than eight points in four of their last five games.
    JaMarcus Russell fumbled to set up a Jets score and threw two interceptions before being pulled in favor of Bruce Gradkowski.
    Russell finished 6 of 11 for 61 yards as Oakland was shut out for the first time since a 24-0 loss to Atlanta last Nov. 2. Coach Tom Cable, though, said Russell will remain the starter.
    "Hopefully it will fire him up so then it doesn't happen again, that he'll work that much harder and really put in all the effort that he can to make sure that doesn't happen again," Oakland tight end Zach Miller said. "Any competitor should want that to never happen. I would never want to be benched. I don't think he would either."
    One of Russell's two TD passes this season came against San Diego, a 57-yard throw to rookie Louis Murphy to give Oakland a 20-17 lead with 2:34 left.
    Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007, has regressed after showing some positive signs late last season. He has completed 46.3 percent of his passes while throwing eight interceptions and losing five fumbles. His 47.2 passer rating is ahead of only Cleveland's Derek Anderson.
    "It's just something that you have to have a little bit better control," Cable said. "It's not something that you like to do, in terms of pulling him and all that. I've been pretty strong against it. I want to push him to give him every opportunity to succeed."
     
  11. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    39,354! :icon_eek:

    a couple more attendences like this and we will be seeing the LA Raiders again
     
  12. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    I just want our guy's to physically pound the Dud's, take cheapshot's I don't care, Just fawk them up and beat the living **** out of them.
     
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  13. Johnny Lightning

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    Siler leads special teams

    Reserve inside linebacker Brandon Siler had four special teams tackles Sunday, taking over the team lead with 10 on the season. Siler also played about 15 plays on defense, a season high. He spelled Tim Dobbins, who started in place of the injured Kevin Burnett.

    “He's one of those guys who gets the most out of his ability,” Turner said. “He's a great effort guy, and he's a do-anything-you-ask kind of guy. That's a good combination, and that's why he's a successful player for us.”
     
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    What HEX said! :tup:

     
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  15. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    What the hell is rep? :icon_huh:
     
  16. Johnny Lightning

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    Raiders TE Zach Miller shredded the Bolts in the opener, beating both ILBs and SS Steve Gregory. The Bolts' fastest LB, Kevin Burnett, isn't likely to play Sunday, adding to the challenge. "It is a concern," coordinator Ron Rivera said. "But we've got some things we feel pretty good about it."
     
  17. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    It will be difficult for the Okeland receivers to catch a pass, especially if their QB is eating turf sandwiches in the backfield... Our D just needs to put some pressure on Jamunchie, and knock him the "F" out...

    Pointy
     

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