Raiders stun Chargers 28-13
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