Notes and observations from the fourth quarter of the Raiders game Sunday against the Chargers in San Diego:
— Down by eight with 4:36 left, Russell can make a statement about his development on this drive. Raiders are at their own 26.
Russell completes a 15-yard pass to Zach Miller, Oakland gets as far as Oakland 46, must call time out on fourth-and-7, hits Miller again for a first down.
Raiders self-destruct. Shaun Phillips gets sack, Russell fumble. Officials’ review? Was his arm coming forward? Nope.
Louis Murphy-DHB play Two Stooges on pass pattern, colliding as Merrriman gets second sack. Trick play, JLH hook-lateral to DHB fails. Higgins bats ball back, incomplete. Tried to touch pass rather than catch and lateral.
Raiders will have to be content to cover.
That’s 13 in a row over the Raiders, who are 2-6 at the bye. Some players (Chaz Schilens, Robert Gallery, Darren McFadden, Cornell Green) could return on Nov. 15 when they host Kansas City.
As for head coach Tom Cable, his status will be heavily speculated upon following latest ESPN report documenting a “history of violence toward women.”
— Raiders defense allows Chargers to drive downfield after two superb possessions, but stiffens with Michael Huff breaking up a third-and-goal pass from Rivers to Jackson in the end zone. Nate Kaeding converts the field goal attempt from 23 yards.
Chargers countered Raiders field goal with field goal of their own, and took 7:L56 off the clock in the process.
Raiders have 4:43 left and trail 24-16.
— Third-and-8 penalty by Louis Murphy for false start is costly. On third-and-13 from the 21, Russell pass to Fargas two yards shy.
Janikowski converts third field goal of the day, this one from 28 yards. Raiders within 21-16.