Raiders stun Charg­ers 28-13

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

SAN DIEGO: So much for the San Diego Charg­ers be­ing De­cem­bers dar­lings.

The Oak­land Raiders tram­pled the Charg­ers on Sun­day, rush­ing for 251 yards in a shock­ing 28-13 vic­tory that put a se­ri­ous crimp in the play­off hopes for the four-time de­fend­ing AFC West cham­pion San Diego. Ja­son Camp­bell ran for one touch­down and threw for an­other. Dar­ren McFad­den ran for 97 yards and a TD, and Michael Bush ran for 95 yards and a score.

It helped that the Raiders (6-6) were staked to a 14-0 lead thanks to two Charg­ers turnovers in the first quar­ter.

The Raiders swept the sea­son se­ries for the first time since 2001. "I think it's just re­ally about get­ting back to who we are and what we do," coach Tom Cable said.

"Ev­ery­one was talk­ing all week long about the hottest team in foot­ball and on and on," Raiders de­fen­sive tackle Richard Sey­mour said. "We give them a lot of credit. They are a good foot­ball team, but we just un­der­stand what we need to in or­der to beat these guys. And we give a lot of credit to the of­fen­sive line. We just wanted to run it at them."

San Diego, which had got­ten two straight 100-yard games from Mike Tol­bert, had just 21 yards rush­ing, tied for sev­enth-low­est in team his­tory. Tol­bert had only 16 yards on seven car­ries. Rookie Ryan Mathews didn't play, ap­par­ently still both­ered by a high an­kle sprain.

The Charg­ers (6-6) are tied with Oak­land for sec­ond in the di­vi­sion, two games be­hind Kansas City with four to play. If the Charg­ers lose to the Chiefs in San Diego next Sun­day, their play­off chances would be all but fin­ished. Kansas City sur­prised San Diego 21-14 on open­ing night and would hold the big tiebreak­ers if it beats the Charg­ers again. -Ap

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