Carson Palmer finally looked like a quarterback who could lead the Raiders to the playoffs on Thursday night, and afterward the Chargers’ defense was taking the credit for that.
Chargers free safety Eric Weddle said he and the rest of the Chargers’ secondary deserve a lot of blame for getting beaten deep regularly and allowing Palmer to average 15.0 yards a pass in the Raiders’ 24-17 win.
“We played horrible today,” Weddle told the North County Times. “Our performance wasn’t acceptable by any means. There was some bad, bad defense out there. . . . We got our butts kicked. There’s no way around it.”
Chargers inside linebacker Na’il Diggs said the defense needs to turn it on over the last seven games of the season.
“I hope guys get their mind off of things a little bit and not sulk and pout,” Diggs said. “We need to come in Monday with a whole new attitude and treat the next game as the start of a new season.”
It’s a whole new season indeed when the Raiders are the favorites in the AFC West.