2008 San Diego Chargers – Just Win Baby!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 18:55 —by Chargers Blogger
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The Chargers Raiders game was the sixth game in team history played on a Thursday and the first in more than 11 years. The Chargers’ last Thursday night contest was played Oct. 16, 1997 in Kansas City. Coincidentally, three of the Chargers’ first five Thursday night games were played against the Raiders, the last two of which were played in San Diego in 1983 and 1986.  I think it is say safe to say that it should happen more often.

The Chargers couldn’t have picked a better time to try to snap their three-game losing streak. The Chargers 10 in a row in the month of December. San Diego’s last loss in December was a 23-7 season-ending loss to the Denver Broncos in 2005.

Vincent Jackson set a new career high with 148 yards receiving, Darren Sproles scored two touchdowns in a game for the third time in his career, LB Stephen Cooper set a career-high with two interceptions, Shaun Phillips set a new career-high with 2.5 sacks, LaDainian Tomlinson’s 25 carries was his second-most in a game this season, the defense allowed its second-fewest rushing yards of the season tonight (54) and lowest total net yards of the season (163), and the Chargers beat the Raiders for the 11th straight time.
The game, as in many NFL games, was dictated by the Quarterback play on both sides.  The Raiders’ DeMarcus Russell and Andrew Walter combined for a passer rating of 27.6, going 17 of 30 for 129 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions.  Phillip Rivers on the other had a better day.  His 8-yard dump pass to Darren Sproles to cap off the second quarter 96-yard drive would have been enough to win the match up.

San Diego might have a chance to make the playoffs but they have to be perfect from here on out.  Sure, it always feels good to stomp Oakland at home, but the rivalry isn’t at a level where success can make up for a disappointing season.  Sweeping and dominating the Raiders should have been icing on a cake. 

The Kansas City Chiefs are up next and they always play well at home.  The first game against them this season was in San Diego and it was close.  Hopefully, after gaining confidence from the Raiders blowout, the Bolts can put together a nice winning streak and sneak into the playoffs where anything can happen.

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