Chargers' Brees ready to bounce back

After one of his worst weeks ever as a starting quarterback, Chargers quarterback Drew Brees can hop back on the horse against a team he has fared well against.

Quarterback Drew Brees would prefer looking ahead, and can you blame him?

Brees and the Chargers face the visiting Oakland Raiders on Sunday, and seeing the Silver and Black always seems to chase the blues away from Brees.

Brees has had much success over the Raiders in his career, and he's looking to add to it after Sunday's disappointing showing against the Redskins. The Chargers were able to defeat Washington, overcoming Brees' three interceptions and the fact he completed only half of his 44 passes for 215 yards.

"It's Raider Week," Brees said. "It's the attitude around the locker room. I think that goes for everybody."

Everybody can't duplicate sensational games two weeks in a row, and that was the case with Brees. One week after throwing for four touchdowns and completing 28 of 33 passes for 339 yards with no interceptions in a win over the Bills, Brees had the stinker in the nation's capital.

Brees was anything but odorous the last time the Raiders traveled to San Diego. Brees had a career day, completing 22 of 25 passes for 281 yards and five touchdowns.

Regardless of his showing in D.C., Brees said he would be pumped for this week's contest.

"It's always a big, big game for everyone," Brees said. "Everybody gets fired up for that, especially when we have it at home."

Lightning Quicks:

Brothers Brad and Cory Lekkerkerker will be reunited for the first time as professionals on a 53-man roster.

Brad Lekkerkerker was an offensive lineman on the Raiders' practice squad who was called up Friday when Warren Sapp went on injured reserve. He was inactive against Miami.

Cory Lekkerkerker, the younger of the brothers, was promoted from the Chargers' practice squad Nov. 5 and has been active for one game.

Both Lekkerkerkers began at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and transferred to UC Davis.

"You compare by production. You look at what LaDainian does, the yards he gets rushing, the catches he makes, and compare him to guys who do those things, and he's right up there with the best." - Raiders coach Norv Turner with regard to Marty Schottenheimer's claim LaDainian Tomlinson is among the best backs in NFL history.


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