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Jason Campbell leads Raiders to comeback victory

The Raiders are still alive.  I wrote this week that they needed to beat the Chargers to legitimately stay relevant in the AFC West, and they did so.  The Chiefs now lead the Broncos, Raiders, and Chargers by one game.  A few thoughts from Oakland’s big 35-27 win:

1. The Chargers special teams has passed the Carolina passing game as the single worst thing in the NFL.  Yes, the Chargers made a ton of mistakes turning the ball over.  Yes, the Raiders were feisty.  Ultimately, you can’t give up nine points on back-to-back punt blocks and expect to win.

This is the third game of the year the Chargers special teams has cost them a game. Insane.

2. Congrats to the Raiders for ending seven years of futility to the Chargers.  Jason Campbell took over Bruce Gradkowski, who left the game with a shoulder injury for good in the third quarter.  (Gradkowski missed the second quarter with the injury.)

After a slow start, Campbell finished 13-of-18 for 159 yards and a touchdown.  Oakland had touchdown drives of 97 and 73 yards in the second half. 

3. The Chargers out-gained Oakland 506-279.  They went 2-of-6 in the red zone and lost three fumbles.  Philip Rivers threw for 431 yards, and two touchdowns.   Rivers is averaging 352 yards-per-game this year.  It’s criminal if A.J. Smith can’t take advantage of Rivers’ prime, because he’s putting together another MVP-caliber season.

4. Oakland’s rushing game was strong even without Darren McFadden.  Michael Bush rushed for 104 yards on 26 carries.

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53 Responses to “Jason Campbell leads Raiders to comeback victory”
  1. Gautam says: Oct 10, 2010 9:33 PM

    this seems to be the year in the NFL where outgaining your opponents by 100 yds seems to bring you a loss lol

  2. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Oct 10, 2010 9:33 PM

    WTG, JC17. That’s one in a row for ya, buddy.

  3. MrHumble says: Oct 10, 2010 9:39 PM

    I heard a rumor today that A.J. Smith and Ted Thompson were “good friends”, wouldn’t surprise me as they seem to have a lot in common. LOL

  4. Facts Domino says: Oct 10, 2010 9:39 PM

    J.A. Smith will never win a Super Bowl period.

  5. joetoronto says: Oct 10, 2010 9:39 PM

    Sourdough says: October 8, 2010 10:06 AM
    With or without McFadden, the Raiders will lose their 14th straight game to the Chargers on Sunday. The only thing that remains a mystery is if fewer than 32,218 fans show up at McAfee stadium like last week.
    Should the Raiders lose they will be one-third of the way to extending their current NFL record of seven straight seasons with at least eleven losses to eight consecutive seasons with at least eleven losses.
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    Say what, Sourpuss?
    lol

  6. Facts Domino says: Oct 10, 2010 9:39 PM

    Has to be more than one to be anything in a row.

  7. theprince013 says: Oct 10, 2010 9:40 PM

    Where is BahHumbolt???!?! How’s that taste buddy guy. Go comment on more raider boards…

  8. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Oct 10, 2010 9:40 PM

    The Chargers could no doubt use Vincent Jackson right about now. And so could the Patriots.

  9. Lanzurrah says: Oct 10, 2010 9:42 PM

    Chargers special teams cost them their third loss…absolutely terrible unit.

  10. comment_submission_error says: Oct 10, 2010 9:48 PM

    Campbell didn’t lead them, but he did manage to stay in the game. Oakland just wanted it more.

  11. smithopher says: Oct 10, 2010 9:48 PM

    AJ Smith and Norv Turner NEED to both be fired after this season, if not sooner. Worst GM in the league, worst coach in the league. Unfortunate for Rivers, cause if he had a decent GM who knew to keep LT and Cromartie, and knew that he needed to sign his probowl left tackle and stud WR, they’d be so much better. sounds like its time to fire the special teams coach too…

  12. joetoronto says: Oct 10, 2010 9:50 PM

    BoltDaddy says: July 30, 2010 12:28 AM
    909FaiderFanforLi fe you puzzies will get your customary kick in the hunt twice this year just the way you puzzies like it getting itch slapped by the Bolts who own you little drunked hoores. Beating you little itches just never gets old its really fun when we do it to you in your crappy little crack house.
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    lol, say what!?

  13. joetoronto says: Oct 10, 2010 9:52 PM

    humbolt says: August 11, 2010 12:44 PM
    The Raiders will be 1-8 going into their bye Week 10.
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    lol, say what, dumbolt?

  14. La Milicia Negra says: Oct 10, 2010 9:54 PM

    2570 DAYS!!!!
    It was about time!

  15. joetoronto says: Oct 10, 2010 9:56 PM

    Turd_Spelunker says: September 23, 2010 12:40 PM
    @Lunarpie,
    I will bet you or any other Raider fans that the Chargers beat the Raiders this year with overall record. Paycheck to paycheck.
    OR we can bet the Bolts beat the Raiders head to head. 2-0 on the field.
    They are a much better team, believe it.
    Turd_Spelunker says: September 23, 2010 12:45 PM
    That reminds me, have the Chargers not beat the Raiders THIRTEEN STRAIGHT GAMES? Wow, that must really suck.
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    Say what, sucka?

  16. tatum32 says: Oct 10, 2010 10:05 PM

    Campbell played a big role in this victory. Its not like we won in spite of him, and not entirely because of him either. However he did something Grads failed to do in the first half. As long as we win and our qb plays well thats all that really matters. I wont ever give two schits who it was back there as long as the end result is a win.

  17. Onderin says: Oct 10, 2010 10:06 PM

    joetoronto is on a mission. lol.

  18. comment_submission_error says: Oct 10, 2010 10:08 PM

    # joetoronto says: October 10, 2010 9:52 PM
    humbolt says: August 11, 2010 12:44 PM
    The Raiders will be 1-8 going into their bye Week 10.
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    lol, say what, dumbolt?
    humpdolt won’t show up this week. He doesn’t have anything to say. My daughter’s boyfriend showed up today with his Merriman jersey on. 5 years ago his jersey would have been lit on fire, but not today. Now he’s just a good luck charm.

  19. Buck Stallion says: Oct 10, 2010 10:08 PM

    Good thing A.J. upgraded the head coaching job a few years back.

  20. GW says: Oct 10, 2010 10:09 PM

    # comment_submission_error says: October 10, 2010 9:48 PM
    Campbell didn’t lead them, but he did manage to stay in the game. Oakland just wanted it more.
    Really, are you so far up Gradkowski’s ass that you cant admit the obvious. Campbell is a better qb, he’s not fiery, gritty, or any of the other adjectives you use to describe Gradkowski but he is better, perhaps if Cable wouldnt have overreacted on pulling Campbell, Raiders fans would have seen a better performance sooner. Al Davis will make sure that Gradkowski stays on the bench where he belongs.

  21. Dasmol says: Oct 10, 2010 10:09 PM

    Hey Joe, obssess much?

  22. snnyjcbs says: Oct 10, 2010 10:11 PM

    And just think, the Chargers only needed to add another 5 victories to their 13 over the Raiders to tie the Raiders Thumping the Chargers 18 straight.
    Even with the 13 straight by the Chargers over the Raiders the Raiders still lead the all time series some 55 wins to 44. Can one organization over their History show more domination then the Raiders over the Chargers?
    Lets not even talk Playoffs, Championship Games or Super Bowls. Trying to bring the 2 clubs up together is like talking Man O War and someone brings up some cheap claimer running on some Bush Track in TX lol.

  23. Testify says: Oct 10, 2010 10:14 PM

    the dolts lose to the raiders once again…

  24. comment_submission_error says: Oct 10, 2010 10:15 PM

    # Facts Domino says: October 10, 2010 9:39 PM
    Has to be more than one to be anything in a row.
    18 in a row? Check the books, Fats. Both teams have won about the same number of division titles, but only the Chargers are 0-1 in trophy games.

  25. Tenebrous says: Oct 10, 2010 10:25 PM

    La Milicia Negra says:
    October 10, 2010 9:54 PM
    2570 DAYS!!!!
    It was about time!
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    Lol, Bolts went 3285 days until finally winning a game against the Raiders.

  26. TylerDurden says: Oct 10, 2010 10:34 PM

    Facts Domino says:
    October 10, 2010 9:39 PM
    Has to be more than one to be anything in a row.
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    hats off to Fats for having the sack to show up…unlike all the other doltie fans who are cowering in the shower with “the crying game” playing in the background…ptitful

  27. sraidersteve says: Oct 10, 2010 10:43 PM

    Dasmol says:
    October 10, 2010 10:09 PM
    Hey Joe, obssess much?
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    I understand where he’s coming from. It’s been really annoying listening to chargers fans over the years especially when most are bandwagon fans and it’s pretty funny because all those wins still didn’t get them anywhere close to us in head to head history. And on top of all that most charger fans are really just jealous because their team has no history at all so it’s all they have is to brag about recent success. But it’s over now and hopefully the Raider’s can start their own streak.
    Raider’s need to split the next two games on the road and against sf and den and then take care of business at home against sea and kc before our buy week and then we can actually be around for a run this year.
    GO RAIDERS!!!!!

  28. OsideBoltzFan760 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:04 PM

    i cant believe i haven’t heard the headline, “CHARGERS FIRE SPECIAL TEAMS COACH STEVE CROSBY AND OFFENSIVE LINE COACH HAL HUNTER” yet.

  29. AutumnWind999 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:08 PM

    GW says:
    October 10, 2010 10:09 PM
    # comment_submission_e rror says: October 10, 2010 9:48 PM
    Campbell didn’t lead them, but he did manage to stay in the game. Oakland just wanted it more.
    Really, are you so far up Gradkowski’s ass that you cant admit the obvious. Campbell is a better qb, he’s not fiery, gritty, or any of the other adjectives you use to describe Gradkowski but he is better, perhaps if Cable wouldnt have overreacted on pulling Campbell, Raiders fans would have seen a better performance sooner. Al Davis will make sure that Gradkowski stays on the bench where he belongs.
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    Campbell was OK today and congrats to him on the win, but 2 completions to wide receivers — one of which was a screen — isn’t going to cut it most weeks. This win was about big plays by the special teams, big plays by the defense, the running of Michael Bush and the excellence of Zach Miller before Campbell.
    Grads’ play in the last 2 losses, and of course when he came in and beat STL was more impressive than Campbell’s throws today. Don’t mean to rip the guy too much, but let’s look at the whole game and performance and not just the final score when sizing up the two QBs.

  30. Lanzurrah says: Oct 10, 2010 11:15 PM

    Chargers special teams cost them their third loss…absolutely terrible unit.

  31. Benny Mendenberger-Ward says: Oct 10, 2010 11:24 PM

    It would be nice if the Raiders would be a good team again, it would be great for football. And put Stabler, Tatum, Guy, Branch, and Brown in the HOF already…..I’m a Steeler fan and I think they should have just as many as we have.

  32. tooz56 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:47 PM

    Campbell made some big plays when he had too. I’m very glad the Raiders have 2 starting QBs after what we went thru with JaFatass Russell. Branch SHOULD have just picked up that fumble and ran out of bounds, but i guess he wanted to make it that much more exciting ! Great win ! And the Raiders will be that much better when they get healthy !

  33. skinsfan703 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:59 PM

    Raiders are some trash their fans dont even come out to support them haha it’s definately the black hole because there is nobody in the stands.. They should move to LA people might come see them play…

  34. Mike_in_Texas says: Oct 11, 2010 12:11 AM

    now comes the winless 49ers about to give up hope on the season with another loss(if they haven’t quit on the coach yet)

  35. K-Rock says: Oct 11, 2010 12:20 AM

    If not for the Janikowski miss, the Raiders would be 3-2.
    Nice win though, and huge monkey off their back.
    GO RAIDERS!

  36. REDSKINWARRIOR1112 says: Oct 11, 2010 12:50 AM

    jason campbell would make a better pastor of a church than a nfl qb

  37. Chuck says: Oct 11, 2010 1:51 AM

    So true K-Rock. And JoeToronto, hahaha Don’t mess with this guy, he doesn’t forget a damn thing.
    The Chargers window to win anything has officially closed. The AFC West has gotten really competitive in just one season. This division will no longer be the walk in the park San Diego’s been used to wiping it’s feet on as in years past. The Raiders, Broncos and Chiefs have all upgraded personel and coaching staff while the Chargers have cut ties with many of the players and coordinators that made them great over the past 5 or so seasons. It’s going to be interesting to see how the remainder of the season plays out.
    I’m taking the Raiders once it’s all said and done.

  38. natelan says: Oct 11, 2010 2:05 AM

    Sad thing is, if the Raiders lose every game after beating the Chargers, they will still consider it a successful season for themselves. My Chargers have become the Raiders super bowl. Aaaaand, we would have won if we weren’t greedy. We had 2 time outs, we were down by 1, we had first down in field goal range, they had no time outs and fewer than 2 minutes on the clock. Why did we pass it 3 times in that situation? Stupid! The former Raider head coach, Norv Turner, needs his pink slip along with our ST coach, ASAP.
    Oh well, sucks to lose to the Raiders (for the first time in 7 years) but it’s just a road block on our way to finishing strong and winning our division again, just like always. And then of course we will go one-and-done in the playoffs like we always do.
    I want Bill Cowher!!!

  39. clintonrb says: Oct 11, 2010 3:40 AM

    you have teams that think they can make up for the loss of great players with great coaching
    unfortunately for the bolts they dont have great coaching
    you need vincent jackson
    you need marcus mcneill
    you need kassim osgood
    if the chargers werent so cocky they could and would have been to the superbowl at least once in the last six years
    your window is over
    the chiefs,broncos and raiders are coming

  40. Maximus says: Oct 11, 2010 4:01 AM

    OK, I know this is a football site and all but football people keep making this mistake – forgetting the half game extra that the Chiefs have on the division in the loss column because they’ve already had their bye.
    Greb, the Chiefs lead the division by a game and a half – not a game as you stated.
    Any baseball fan could tell you that!
    I’m both btw.

  41. bodhisattva says: Oct 11, 2010 4:07 AM

    Completions to the wideouts will come if the offense as a unit developes some confidence.
    There’s been almost zero continuity throughout, this plays to Gradkowski’s pick-up style. Campbell is obviously the more polished player and this win is huge, make no mistake. Hopefully it can be capitalised on.
    Massive game against a very pissed off 9ers team next, can the Raiders turn the corner fully?

  42. TheGreatChambella says: Oct 11, 2010 4:34 AM

    As a Raider fan who has recently relocated to Sandy Eggo I have to say, being surrounded by fag-blue Tijuana Lightning Bolt jerseys all day long is miserable. Today was a good day. I have to make a few comments though. This was not a special teams loss even though TJ does suck on ST. This was a who wanted it more, old fashioned Raiders vs. Chargers beat down. Two years ago the score would have been TJ 42, Raiders 12. Today, however, it was different. One team is improving and one declining. TJ is not as good as everyone wants to think they are. They gave up two drives of over 70 and 90 yards after regaining the lead, then a back coaching call to not kick the FG gave the Raiders their final touchdown. The Raiders beat TJ straight up. Head to head football and they didn’t give up.

  43. TheGreatChambella says: Oct 11, 2010 5:26 AM

    The Raiders beat them. Not special teams. Two long drives at the end of the game, then the bad call not kicking the FG and the fumble and touchdown.

  44. We need linemen says: Oct 11, 2010 5:28 AM

    Raiders got a steal when they drafted Bush.
    Campbell can be a decent game manager. I think Gradkowski is the better player but Campbell can be a serviceable starter

  45. allinSTACKme says: Oct 11, 2010 7:38 AM

    @ comment_submission_error:
    How does it feel to know that your daughter is getting pounded by a dolts fan?
    @ joetoronto:
    Have you been keeping a checklist on who to slam when the Raiders finally win that game? You been hangin on to that for the last 6 years, just patiently waiting?

  46. Steeler fans are tools says: Oct 11, 2010 8:01 AM

    I have to agree, the offence was all about Zach Miller and Michael Bush. Louis Murphy needs to get more involved. Also, nice to see Michael Huff decided to play

  47. comment_submission_error says: Oct 11, 2010 8:33 AM

    # GW says: October 10, 2010 10:09 PM
    Really, are you so far up Gradkowski’s ass that you cant admit the obvious.

    Not up Gradkowski’s ass. Just said Campbell managed to stay in the game. He was not staying in the game when he got benched. He looked slow and lost. But he settled in yesterday and made some plays. I’d rather see Campbell in there if he’s playing well. He’s tall enough to see over the defense, and has a nice arm. He’s just been indecisive, and that’s bad news when you’re playing behind a bad line.

  48. ignoringthehaters says: Oct 11, 2010 10:50 AM

    Where are all the Dolt fans? Oh yeah, they ran their mouths and their team sux so now they are sitting in their cubicles crying on themselves. How’s it taste naysayers?

  49. Raiders757 says: Oct 11, 2010 11:01 AM

    natelan says: October 11, 2010 2:05 AM
    Sad thing is, if the Raiders lose every game after beating the Chargers, they will still consider it a successful season for themselves. My Chargers have become the Raiders super bowl.
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    Sorry, but that is hardly the case. It may have been that way for Dolt fans back when the Raiders ran up a 16 game winning streak on your pathetic franchise, but it’s not that way for we Raider fans. You see, we know what it’s like to actually win the Super Bowl, so we don’t mistake regular season games for being as such. Nice try though.

  50. 1nationraidernation says: Oct 11, 2010 4:33 PM

    Fot the first time in the “HISTORY OF THE NFL” , the raiders actually had a “review by the booth in the final two minutes” actually stay with what the refs called on the field………..inside sources say that the commissioner Roger Goddell happened to be in the booth and overrode the call in the booth , when the official there said , c’mon we can screw them again like we always do.
    Thank you commissioner from all of the nation for doing the right thing. Please come to more games in Oakland.

  51. Raider Roy says: Oct 11, 2010 8:36 PM

    “Oh well, sucks to lose to the Raiders (for the first time in 7 years) but it’s just a road block on our way to finishing strong and winning our division again, just like always. And then of course we will go one-and-done in the playoffs like we always do.”
    natelan, you’re just pathetic, but what more can we expect from you and your brethen, charger fans are pathetic by nature

  52. natelan says: Oct 12, 2010 6:02 AM

    Lmao, a Raiders fan calling a Chargers fan “pathetic?”
    Did everyone else see that?
    Lmao.

  53. 1nationraidernation says: Oct 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    natelan…it’s ok your bolts came close to the 18 in a row when we never lost to you. Time for us to crank it up again

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