By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 10:53 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Scrambling to get the first print story across . . . here’s a partial of the grisly result . . .
Of all the potential problems Raiders coach Dennis Allen played out in his mind before his head coaching debut, being unable to deliver the ball to the punter probably wasn’t one of them.
The Raiders lost their season opener 22-14 to the San Diego Chargers Monday night at O.co Coliseum, with an injury to Pro Bowl snapper Jon Condo being the most glaring issue but hardly the only one.
Emergency replacement Travis Goethel rolled a pair of snaps to Shane Lechler, with a third punt attempt getting blocked, helping account for three of Nate Kaeding’s five field goals.
By game’s end, Kaeding had field goals of 23, 28, 19, 41 and 45 yards against an Oakland defense that played well in the red zone.
The field goals, plus a 6-yard touchdown pass from Phillip Rivers to Malcom Floyd, was more than enough to offset field goals of 51 and 19 yards by Sebastian Janikowski and a cosmetic 2-yard flip from quarterback Carson Palmer to Rod Streater in the final minute.
Fans grew increasingly frustrated with a Raiders passing offense that too often threw short of the stakes, piling up completions and yards but not enough points as Oakland dropped its ninth opening game in the last 10 years.
Palmer completed 31 of 46 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown, with Darren McFadden catching 13 passes for 86 yards. The Raiders, however, managed only 45 yards on the ground _ McFadden had 32 yards on 15 carries _ and the offensive stats were just window dressing.
San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers completed 24 of 33 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown.