Moss was injured with 2:36 left in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to San Diego. He returned for one series, then left and did not return for the remainder of the game, a 27-14 loss.
The damage turned out to be multiple in nature.
"He got kneed in the ribs," coach Norv Turner said. "He also pulled
his groin. He got hit pretty good and was in pretty good pain through
his lower body."
All of which does not bode well for the Buffalo game. But coming out
of the San Diego game, there was little to brighten the Raiders'
picture, even disregarding Moss' situation altogether.
"You don't feel good about anything when you played the way we
played," Turner said. "As a team, I would have to say we didn't do too
many things well."
Once again, the trouble surfaced on more than one front. The defense
gave up four scores (three touchdowns and a field goal) on four
consecutive possessions. The offense moved in fits and starts and never
found a rhythm, although some of that may have had to do with Moss'
The defense failed to even slow LaDainian Tomlinson in the first half
(he accounted for 136 yards of offense in the first half alone --
rushing, receiving and passing). They figured to at least have a partial
handle on L.T.
"We understood what we needed to do, we just didn't go out and
execute the defense," cornerback Charles Woodson said. "It seemed like
we were in disarray at times when there was no reason for us to be that
"They didn't give us anything different than what we saw on film.
And now the Raiders must somehow forge ahead without much hope for a
payoff. They have lost 14 of their last 16 AFC West games.
"Anytime you are 1-4," Woodson said, "it's a challenge to keep
everybody into it. It's going to come down to the individual. You just
hope you don't lose guys one by one."
Asked if there were concern that the season was getting away, Woodson
repressed a chuckle.
"It's away from us right now," he said. "One and four is not a very
pretty record. Individually, everybody has to dig deep at this point,
figure out what it is you want from yourself and what you want for this
Starting with 12:30 remaining in the first quarter, the Chargers
netted 24 points on four straight scoring drives for a 24-7 lead. San
Diego then cruised to a 27-14 win at Oakland.
LaDainian Tomlinson ran for one touchdown, caught one touchdown pass
and threw another. By the time the defense gathered itself, the offense
was not prepared to make the move. With Randy Moss sidelined for all but
one series with rib and groin injuries, the Raiders made up precious
The game plan had LaMont Jordan carrying the ball upward of 25 times
to keep the ball out of Tomlinson's hands. Jordan scored both Oakland
touchdowns, but it was too little. He finished with 12 carries for 36
Meanwhile, Tomlinson rushed 31 times for 140 yards, caught two passes
for 39 yards and tossed a 4-yard TD pass. During the Chargers' 24-point
run in the first half, they mounted seven runs of 7 or more yards and 10
passes for at least that many yards. Meanwhile, Oakland got no
completions to Moss and no runs longer than 7 yards the entire game.
--WR Randy Moss (ribs, groin) had no catches in one quarter of play
before exiting the loss to San Diego.
--QB Kerry Collins threw 48 passes and completed half of them, but
none for touchdowns. He threw his first interception of the year in the
first quarter, leading to San Diego's second touchdown. The interception
occurred on a prayer of a throw to Randy Moss into double coverage.
--WR Doug Gabriel had five catches for 84 yards against San Diego,
both career highs.
--RB LaMont Jordan had 58 yards receiving on six catches and only 36
yards on 12 carries against San Diego.
--RT Robert Gallery committed a holding penalty and a false start,
and allowed a sack in the final 3:22 against San Diego.
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