Raiders shutout at home

For the first time since 1981 and jus the second time in history, the Oakland Raiders were shutout.


0: The Raiders' scoreboard at the end of the game, just the second time in history they have been shutout at home and first since Denver blanked them 17-0 on October 4, 1981.

9: Number of times Oakland quarterbacks were sacked, seven of them against Aaron Brooks. San Diego's defense averaged fewer than three per game in 2005 but were all over the Raiders.

2-17: Raiders record against AFC West opponents since making their appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002.

129: Total yards of offense put up by the Raiders in coordinator Tom Walsh's regular season debut.

194: Number of home games played by the Raiders at home since they were last shut out by a visiting team. That was, of course, before Monday night's loss to San Diego.


* The Raiders caught a big break on San Diego's opening series when Chargers QB Phillip Rivers bobbled an exchange with wide receiver Eric Parker on an attempted reverse. The play wound up a seven-yard loss, forcing San Diego to settle for a field goal.

* Jake Grove beat the odds and returned to Oakland's starting lineup at center. On a night when the positives were few and far between, seeing Grove play was a plus for the Raiders, who have big issues everywhere along the offensive line.

* Replacing Tommy Kelly with Terdell Sands in the middle of the defensive line in the second half proved to be the best move of the night for Oakland. Sands' added girth and power in the middle helped hold Tomlinson to 30 yards in the second half.

* The game was a sellout, which qualifies as a major success considering it might be the last one the Raiders get for a while. After getting hammered by the Chargers, it's going to be a long time before Oakland's games are televised locally again.


* LT showed up. Had the man who has been the Raiders' personal nightmare for the last four years stayed in San Diego, Oakland might have had a chance. Instead, Tomlinson rushed for 131 yards and was the catalyst for the Chargers' win.

* Nnamdi Asomugha was called for a questionable running-into-the-kicker penalty during a missed San Diego field goal, giving the Chargers renewed life which they ultimately turned into a field goal.

* The Raiders had the ball in great field position for most of the third quarter but made nothing out of it on four drives that started at least the 35-yard line. San Diego's offense didn't do much in that stretch, either, making Oakland's whiffs all the more critical.

* The game plan was to shut the run down and force the game into the hands of San Diego QB Phillip Rivers. Instead, Rivers' biggest job was making sure to hand the ball off to LaDainian Tomlinson, which he did effectively.

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