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Final: Chargers 22, Raiders 14

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.

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  • dr_robert

    i didn’t see the poor o-line play coming. the OC didn’t adjust. it was like he was playing an old video game and he only had 4 choices. the same stuff over and over. and i thought we’d get a better pass rush. and better blitzing. the DC was ineffective too. against the pass anyway.

    mcclain sucks. a couple big hits don’t make up for only 5 tackles form a MLB on a defense that was on the field all night. burris, a rookie, with 9. wheeler with 8.

  • raiderimmortal

    Win lose or tie raider till I die!! We miss u al davis. Good night nation. There is only one real nation……

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Fact is there is plenty blame to go around. Wrs didnt catch. ST was horrible. And even DMAC was dropping balls.

    3 blocked punts…. Story of the day!

  • DKnight007

    Thec Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This Raider team will have a legit shot at the #1 pick a and taking QB Matt Barkley in the draft next year.

    ++++++++

    Take it from an Sc fan. I have seen barkeley, up close, and in person.

    He is a mirage…

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Oh Oh….then once again….Raiders will have bad luck with #1 pick? Ugh

  • Stringer Bell

    I thought we would have a better idea about Knapp by week 4. I was wrong, we saw all we had to see tonight. That playcalling was a joke. Add me to the fire Knapp list!

  • JB

    DKnight007 Says:
    September 10th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    If we lose to rookie Tannehill and that bad Miami team next week, then I’m calling it now.

    This Raider team will have a legit shot at the #1 pick a and taking QB Matt Barkley in the draft next year.
    *********************

    Perfect, then Knapp can screw up his career too! we have a good QB. Knapp just chooses not to use him in a style that matches his abilities. Jason Campbell would have thrived in this offensive scheme. Having a legitimate gunslinger and not using him is a travesty. Pop goes the weasel – Knapp.

  • Marks hair

    We have no pass rush.. all my doubts about this team happened.. well at least dmac isnt hurt yet.

  • bcz24

    i thought kelly played very hard. stupid penalties twice. but he looked upset about it. and i saw him fighting hard consistently.
    **************
    Yep. Defense as a whole played outstanding. When the opponent starts in FG range its a win for the defense to hold them to a FG.

    Lets not all hang ourselves just yet. It’s week 1. The offense WILL improve. If our defense can hang in there like that week after week we will be in a position to win some games.

  • http://Ooo0ooO Ooo0ooO

    J-Raider Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 12:01 am
    The Official “Fire Greg Knapp” Petition

    *J-Raider
    *MonumentRaider
    *EMRaiders
    *JB
    *Al_is_Theraiders
    *Raiderimmortal
    *DKnight007
    *Marks Hair
    *ArmChair
    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Ooo0ooO

  • beach

    Jacoby Ford is not an NFL player. Another wasted pick! He sucks!

  • DKnight007

    dr_robert Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    i didn’t see the poor o-line play coming. the OC didn’t adjust. it was like he was playing an old video game and he only had 4 choices. the same stuff over and over. and i thought we’d get a better pass rush. and better blitzing. the DC was ineffective too. against the pass anyway.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Yep….LOL

  • beach

    Jacoby Ford is a pansy with bad feet!

  • Thec

    Stringer Bell, you still want slim to hit clay davis?

  • walrushooker

    Name an offense in the league that would look good losing their number one wide receiver and their number one slot receiver. I love Hagan, but he’s not an every down WR. DHB is a work in progress, average\mediocre number two. This Plax talk is an overreaction unless dmo and ford are going to be out for an extended time. Biggest weakness on this team IMO is pass rush. I don’t see any pass rushers on this team, even from blitzing LB’s and DB’s. Pass rush creates turnovers…. we had none this game. I have to think Merriman comes in for league minimum and is better than anything we have out there defensive end wise – Can you really argue Tollefson is more valuable to us than him? Especially with our depth issues at LB.

  • Thec

    Matt Barkley is a mirage….Buyer beware.

  • NoPassingZone

    dr_robert Says:
    September 10th, 2012 at 11:56 pm
    NoPassingZone Says:
    September 10th, 2012 at 11:54 pm
    Tommy Kelly…helmet cocked up ala Chester Mcglockton…coming off the sidelines all smiles high-fiving everyone asking where everyone partying at after the game. His D had just given up another 3 points! Hey dummy, YOU ARE LOSING!!! GET IT? YOU ARE A HUGE REASON WHY YOUR TEAM IS LOSING!

    ***********

    i thought kelly played very hard. stupid penalties twice. but he looked upset about it. and i saw him fighting hard consistently.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“
    Looked upset about it? Not sure how high fiving and laughing and joking while you are losing is upset. He played “okay” – didn’t dominate like a leader needs to. didn’t get his team to sack up like a Ray Lewis does.

  • realtruraider

    Just saw a tweet sayin Goethel never practiced long snapping since highschool, WTF man we have to be ready for anything and losing LS is a big something

  • Marks hair

    No secondary no pass rush.. bend but dont break zone smoke and mirrors

    Zbs doesnt fit our team

    Knapp sucks

    Sp coach sucks

    No playoffs again….

  • J-Raider

    The Official “Fire Greg Knapp” Petition

    *J-Raider
    *MonumentRaider
    *EMRaiders
    *JB
    *Al_is_Theraiders
    *Raiderimmortal
    *DKnight007
    *Marks Hair
    *ArmChair
    *Stringer Bell
    *Ooo0ooO

  • beach

    297. Thank goodness. I will be able to sleep now since the A’s beat the Angela.

  • realtruraider

    STFU about Ford right now, we have bigger problems than to worry about our KR

  • bcz24

    You don’t prepare to lose a long snapper because it just doesn’t happen. The guy is a specialist and only on the field 6 or 7 times a game. Same reason you don’t dress a back up kicker or punter.

  • dr_robert

    Realtruraider Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 12:04 am
    Just saw a tweet sayin Goethel never practiced long snapping since highschool, WTF man we have to be ready for anything and losing LS is a big something
    **************

    poor guy volunteered to help. it’s not his fault. we have 2 fuking centers on the team. ur telling me they can’t snap? they snap shotguns. ST coach with a HUGE gaffe.

  • Marks hair

    We are the flying dmacs.. but we wont give hime the gap blocking he likes… smart.

  • MonumentRaider

    What an emotionally draining, truely disapointing night. Hopefully all is well sunday… I’ma go netflix 30 Rock and see how many episodes it takes to get me to smile.. could be a long night.

  • beach

    DHB should have been targeted at least a dozen times! Knapp is the goat of the night.

  • J-Raider

    i will be back tomorrow to update the petition.. im assuming it will reach up to 100 or so by the next few days.. and deservingly so! goodnight!

  • Thec

    DHB was drawing the double. Would be foolish to throw into a bracket.

  • Stringer Bell

    It was like after Taiwan fumbled that end around, Knapp turtled up and was afraid to do anything approaching being creative. Let’s just keep feeding McFadden and hope he breaks one. Then when they knew we had to pass and were constantly blitzing, how about a screen pass to slow them down. Nope, just either have McFadden get hit in the backfield or have Carson trying to avoid the rush. Knapp you need to adjust and make the defense pay!

  • dr_robert

    Bcz24 Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 12:07 am
    You don’t prepare to lose a long snapper because it just doesn’t happen. The guy is a specialist and only on the field 6 or 7 times a game. Same reason you don’t dress a back up kicker or punter.
    ************

    no, not really. the kicker and punter back each other up. u have backup holders, for crying out loud. condo goes down on coverage on every play he’s in. it’s a very real possibility. nobody takes a few snaps in practice? really?

  • NoPassingZone

    bcz24 Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 12:02 am
    i thought kelly played very hard. stupid penalties twice. but he looked upset about it. and i saw him fighting hard consistently.
    **************
    Yep. Defense as a whole played outstanding. When the opponent starts in FG range its a win for the defense to hold them to a FG.

    Lets not all hang ourselves just yet. It’s week 1. The offense WILL improve. If our defense can hang in there like that week after week we will be in a position to win some games.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I guess we have very different attitudes about what it takes to be a winner. Winners arn’t partying it up while the team is getting their arses kicked. its that simple. I want sore losers. People who don’t accept losing. You show me a a good loser and I’ll show you a loser. when a team gets enough guys like that on a team it spreads and becomes their identity. too many guys playing grabass while the team is LOSING, and that mentality spreads too. You can’t tolerate it.

  • Marks hair

    Put your pants is stupid!

  • beach

    Jacoby Ford does not have what it takes to be a quality NFL player. His sorry self is doing nothing to turn this rotten franchise around!

  • realtruraider

    Send that petition straight to the dark queen herself AMY, she will atleast let it be known Raider NAtion demands better from this should be potent offense

  • lefty12

    Beach,if you didn’t see a fired up defense out there tonight you sir are in dire need of spectacles.They were flying around and played a damn good game.What were you watching?By reading your comments I believe you don’t have a clue.Kelly has more sacks than any DT in the league over the last few years.Do you even know what an American football looks like?

  • Tricky70390

    This is what happens when you get overzealous as a new regime and believe you need to change everything instead of tackling the important issues.

    Rather than just fixing the defense and building off the offense in place, you try to force a new offensive philosophy and ultimately ruin what previously worked. Congrats, now instead of the s#&$* defense last year we have the s#*&%& offense this year. Major improvement there, Dennis.

  • Marks hair

    STUPID!!

  • purvisman

    dr_robert Says:///Troll with no love of the Raiders. Knowledge of our history,yes. More than our knowledge of his teams history. Why is that rob_raider?

  • realtruraider

    Fk PUT YOUR PANTS, I don’t want to hear or read thjat schit again after tonight

  • Stringer Bell

    That onside kick had no chance either. ST coach gets an F too.

  • chuck

    Walsh and art shell were out of football for 15 years what is knapp excuse for being so bad,why hire a guy who offenses are always in the low 20s.

  • mcfadden20.

    realtruraider Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Fk PUT YOUR PANTS, I don’t want to hear or read thjat schit again after tonight

    put me on that petition too

    ***** Mcfadden

  • EMRaiders

    You guys know what’s going to happen this sunday right? Knapp is going to throw it deep every other play, he will not use McFadden, and Palmer will throw 3 Ints.

    Laughable… but a real possibility. Then back to the dink and dunk the following week.

  • http://www.ibabuzz.com/oaklandraiders/wp-admin/profile.php Ass Gas

    Check this out:

    We were 1 minute away from being the only NFL team this week-end from scoring in the single digits.

    We scored 1 more point than Cincinatti and 3 more than the Dolphins.

    SD kicked 5 field goald cuz our D was fantastic and they still beat us.

    Rivers and Turner were hammin it up while CP3 was givin Knapp the cold shoulder. A un-happy Palmer is not a good thing.

  • lefty12

    Thec,Bcz-carry on.I can’t take it any more tonight.

  • RaidO

    Dennis Alan Jan 30 2012 intro:

    “’ I’m going to sum it up real quickly for you guys. On offense, we’re going to be up-tempo. We want to be fast, we want to be aggressive. You’ll hear me use that word a lot, aggressiveness, and I think that’s critical in the game of football. We want to be fast. We want to be up-tempo. We’re going to be able to run the football and run the football solidly so we can stay ahead of the chains on first and second down, okay, and we’re going to be explosive in the passing game. We’ve got those weapons in place to be able to do that, and that’s what we’re going to do”

    LOL! Then he hired Knapp. Allen should be fired for BS’ing Raider nation.

  • purvisman

    Marks hair Says: Put your pants is stupid!///////////Only if not capitalized.It’s “PUT YOUR PANTS” and at least you’re a legitimate Raider fan.

  • JB

    No matter what we, the fans say, Knapp is not going to get fired. ZBS is not going away anytime soon. Ford will become the new “glass” Scillens, Our ZBS O-line coach will not be leaving anytime soon, Dink ‘N dunk will become the norm, DMac will get burned out or injured by his overuse on nothing plays, CP3 will get frustrated and regress to a true middle of the road QB, Reece will get lost in the minutia, D-Wow will continue to have hamstring issues, McCheese will lose his court battle and get some jail time, Curry will retire due to unrepairable bad wheels, Kelley will get traded, etc., etc., etc. These are all things we have to look forward to this season with things as they currently are. It sad. we all had such good thoughts going into tonight’s game only to be zapped back into reality by the true mediocrity that is what we are currently harnessed with.

    This is what you get when you fix something (our offensive scheme) that wasn’t broken.

  • RaidO

    Dennis Alan Jan 30 2012 intro:

    “’ I’m going to sum it up real quickly for you guys. On offense, we’re going to be up-tempo. We want to be fast, we want to be aggressive. You’ll hear me use that word a lot, aggressiveness, and I think that’s critical in the game of football. We want to be fast. We want to be up-tempo. We’re going to be able to run the football and run the football solidly so we can stay ahead of the chains on first and second down, okay, and we’re going to be explosive in the passing game. We’ve got those weapons in place to be able to do that, and that’s what we’re going to do”

    This sounds more like Hue’s offense.

  • beach

    Looks like a rebuilding project here. Now let’s pray it does not take more than 1 season to have a good team. :(