By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, November 1st, 2009 at 3:39 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Notes and observations from the second quarter of the Raiders’ game against the Chargers in San Diego:
– Raiders finally get a decent kick return _ Jonathan Holland for 60 yards. Caught by kicker Nate Kaeding, however.
JaMarcus Russell finds DHB, who can’t get out of bounds but gets 10 yards and first down. Raiders must use time out. Shawne Merriman sacks Russell. Raiders call time with 20 seconds left. One of few whiffs by Mario Henderson this season.
It’s Merriman’s first sack of the season.
Russell short-hops Louis Murphy on second-and-13. Seabass comes out with 15 seconds left in the half. Janikowski nails it. He’s 10-for-10 this season.
– Chargers go 80 yards in eight plays as the collapse appears to be underway. Darren Sproles for 15, LT for 10 and the touchdown to finish it off. Chargers have gained 254 yards with 54 seconds left in the quarter. Philip Rivers 12-fro-15, 189 yards.
– Play in secondary a fiasco _ Raiders decide not to cover Antonio Gates, who gains 30 gift yards on pass from Rivers. Rivers could pass for 400.
– Third-and-4 Raiders go shotgun, Russell has time, rolls right, can’t find receiver, incomplete. Three-and-o
– Chargers follow Raiders score with 78-yard, 12-play drive _ immediately putting a stop to Raiders momentum. Rivers killing them on third-and-long passes. They might want to cover Jackson at some point. He’s wide open, uncovered in end zone, despite being Rivers’ favorite target.
– Raiders convert Johnson turnvoer to points with the hard running of Fargas. He scores on 3-yard run _ his first in 115 carries dating back to last season and a 1-yard run in a 20-13 loss to the Chiefs. Four carries, 19 yards in 27-yard drive.
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