Raiders-Chargers notebook

Coming into Sunday's 42-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the Oakland Raiders most outward concern was stopping the Chargers ground attack.

The Oakland Raiders had little success there with the San Diego Chargers ringing up 175 yards on the ground. LaDainian Tomlinson gained 71 yards on 19 carries while Jesse Chatman amassed 69 yards on 12 carries.

Oakland's defense, however, applied virtually no pressure on San Diego quarterback Drew Brees, who completed 22-of-25 passes for five touchdowns and 281 yards. The Raiders lone sack came when the game was out of reach.

Wheatley sees action but running game invisible

Starting running back Tyrone Wheatley played for the first time since sustaining a shoulder injury in the Raiders 30-17 loss to Houston but the Oakland ground game remained grounded.

Wheatley carried four times for 23 yards and one touchdown but as a team the Raiders managed just 22 yards. Granted, Oakland fell behind early but that paltry run production was not what the franchise had in mind when Norv Turner replaced Bill Callahan as the head coach.

Sideline slants

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Raiders inactive players were WR Carlos Francis, RB Justin Fargas, LB Travian Smith, G Frank Middleton, TE Teyo Johnson, TE Roland Williams, WR Alvis Whitted, and DT Grant Irons.

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Rookie wide receiver Johnnie Morant recorded his first NFL reception for 20 yards.

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Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson left the game in the third quarter with a hip pointer.

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Ron Stone started at right guard.

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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