RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- Tomlinson was the focus of the Raiders' defense and he still managed to rush for 140 yards and a score on 31 carries. Don't overlook backup Michael Turner and his 7.1-yard average on seven carries. The run-blocking here was effective -- and that is about all Tomlinson needs to find a little wiggle room and take off.
PASS DEFENSE: C -- Was tested even though Randy Moss left in the first quarter with injuries. Sammy Davis was replacing starter Drayton Florence, then Davis went down. But backups Jamar Fletcher and Jerry Wilson held on, and the unit was able to bend but not break. Quentin Jammer had one of his better days. The pass rush nabbed four sacks; Igor Olshansky had a career-high two.
RUSH DEFENSE: A -- So much for the LaMont Jordan hype. The Raiders could not run the ball, and when they fell so far behind so early, they wouldn't run it. Overall, they collect only 39 yards on the ground as Jamal Williams clogs the middle and Donnie Edwards gathers a team-high eight tackles.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Reche Caldwell filled in for Darren Sproles (ankle) and reels off a 60-yard kick return to open the game and set the tone. Mike Scifres was back to his old self, as four efforts were downed inside the 20. Coverage units had few leaks; K Nate Kaeding runs his consecutive streak to 10 of made field goals.
COACHING: A -- It just oozes through Marty Schottenheimer's pores: he hates the Raiders. And the players seem to respond to how much disdain he has for an organization he feels doesn't give anyone respect -- that's what he tells the players at least. He runs his record against Oakland to 24-7. The Chargers prove early that the short week wouldn't hurt them and that seemed to stun the coming-off-the-bye Raiders. Getting the ball to Tomlinson is always a good thing, and the offensive game plan wasn't light in that regard.
Raiders Report Card: PASSING OFFENSE: D -- Disregard the 292 yards passing. This was far and away Oakland's worst air show of the year. Kerry Collins only threw one interception, but if the Chargers defense had better hands, there would have been three more. The line gave up four sacks. Doug Gabriel produced five catches after Randy Moss left with an injury, but Moss was missed. Raiders receivers dropped four passes. No passing touchdowns. A bad game.
RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Long gain of the day was 7 yards by LaMont Jordan, who finished with 36 yards on 12 carries. Jordan's six receptions for 58 yards were essentially running plays, but the sad truth is that the running game was just plain impotent. The only reason it's not an F is because Jordan did score two rushing touchdowns.
PASS DEFENSE: D plus -- Danny Clark and Renaldo Hill got beat for touchdown passes. Against Oakland, Drew Brees continues to rack up 100-point performances on the NFL pass rating scale (111.2 this time). Chargers halfback LaDainian Tomlinson even threw for a score. Increased blitzing produced no sacks, but Derrick Burgess did have two while playing left end so he could get a match-up against a sub. That gives him five for the year -- one more than last year's high mark of four.
RUSH DEFENSE: D -- LaDainian Tomlinson doesn't need the Raiders help him get to the Hall of Fame, but it couldn't hurt. In the first half, he killed the Raiders purportedly improved run defense, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 97 yards. The Raiders shut him down in the second half with 12 carries for 43 yards, but the damage was already done.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B plus -- Shane Lechler dropped three punts inside the 20 and averaged 47 yards. Jerrod Cooper nearly tore Eric Parker's head off on a punt return San Diego recovered anyway. The Raiders were never close enough to try a field goal. Coverage on the opening kickoff, which came back 60 yards, broke down.
COACHING: D -- It couldn't have been very inspiring for the Raiders to watch while their coach decided matters were so impossible he didn't use all his timeouts before halftime to make one last stab at some kind of score. Not a great message. Players insisted they were to blame for this one, not the coaches. Whatever. In fact, nothing worked. Anywhere.