By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 1st, 2009 at 2:50 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Notes and observations from the first quarter of the Raiders’ game against the Chargers in San Diego:
– Philip Rivers first pass interception in 144 attempts, to Chris Johnson, plus Chargers penalty sets up Raiders at the 27. Have to score here. Tough running by Fargas has Raiders at the 13 as quarter ends.
– Raiders won’t even risk a pass play on third-and-5 deep in their own territory. Short run, punt. What is this, high school?
– Raiders begin third possession at their own 11 after Chargers forced to punt. San Diego going hard at Johnson.
– What other team in the NFL actually blocks a punt (Sam Williams) and has the ball roll dead at the 11?
– Raiders second possession. Forced to call a time out, Khalif Barnes jumps offsides, 7-yard gain by Michael Bush, 4-yard reception to Brandon Myers, Russell misfires to Miller. Punt.
– LT scores touchdown from Wildcat. Dick Enberg calls it a shocking beginning, but is it really? Chargers hadn’t scored on opening drive since 2007 season finale in Oakland. LT scored that one,too. That’s not shocking, either.
– Rivers’ 53-yard pass to Malcom Floyd _ nice to have a receiver who goes up and makes the catch.
– JaMarcus Russell’s first pass intercepted by Antonio-Rodgers Cromartie _ so much for the great week of practice and arrivng at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday.