Bolts Week 13 Report Card

The San Diego Chargers got dominated on both sides of the ball before falling into the "needs help" column of playoff contenders. Just how bad was it? This week's report card breaks down how each unit fared in this lackluster performance.

PASSING OFFENSE: C -- It's hard to be a quarterback in a one-dimensional offense, and Philip Rivers' numbers proved that. Rivers was sacked four times and was under duress on numerous occasions. The pass protection didn't have the luxury of a running game to lean on, and it showed. Antonio Gates fought through his foot pain and had the only scoring catch. Malcom Floyd made a sensation catch.

RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- The Chargers ran for just 21 yards, and that is no misprint. Mike Tolbert found little running room in gaining 16 yards on seven carries. The run blocking got pushed around. Falling behind so early didn't help the Chargers' cause.

PASS DEFENSE: D -- Jason Campbell was able to make plays with his arm and his legs, buying time and finding single coverage at the right time. Donald Strickland was burned for a touchdown. Antoine Cason was flagged for a critical penalty on a late Raiders scoring drive.

RUSH DEFENSE: F -- The Raiders dominated here, pushing back the defensive line, linebackers and continually making the secondary try to tackle guys going downhill. The level of physical play the Raiders showed simply was not matched by the Bolts.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- Darren Sproles fumbled a punt, which gift-wrapped seven points for the Raiders. Nate Kaeding was true on two field-goal attempts but was short on a 50-yarder, and his kickoffs were shy as well. The coverage units allowed a 28-yard kickoff return and a 16-yard punt return.

COACHING: D -- Norv Turner's charges couldn't match the want-to of the Raiders. Both sides of the lines were simply beaten. The Chargers didn't show much fight with so much on the line. Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera's unit expected the run, and that is just what it got -- yet San Diego still couldn't stop the Oakland ground attack.


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