Watching the Raiders taking command of the AFC west is actually very exciting. Okay the Chiefs are leading the division but the Raiders are the only team 4-0 and in control in the AFC west.
The Raiders were certainly manipulating the game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers their AFC west division rival. The Raiders were completely dominating on all aspects of the ball. On offense they took control through the air and on the ground. The defensive unit was able to lead the Raiders to multiple stops holding the Chargers to one touchdown and only 13 points in the game.
The Raiders executed all day by doing what the team is good at running the ball, play action and great defense. The Raiders ran the ball 52 times for a total 251 yards and the Chargers were simply not physical the Raiders only allowed 21 yards on the ground. The Raiders started with their first scoring drive in the game after Chargers running back Darren Sproles did not handle the ball off a punt by Shane Lechler resulting in a fumble.
Then an incredible play happen. Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell faked the entire Chargers defensive unit on a naked bootleg to score a rushing touchdown.
For the Raiders they finally had the three headed monster running game they are built on running Back Darren McFadden ran for 97 yards and had touchdown. Running Back Michael Bush 95 yards and a touchdown as well. In the mist is all this the amazing talented rookie wide receiver Jacoby Ford presented the fans with another outstanding catch for a touchdown.
Fullback Marcel Reece look like perfect Raider back jumping over defensive back gaining the few extra yards to lead his team to scoring position. Don't try to count Darrius Hayward-Bey out this one he did job clearing out his defender to set up the touchdown pass to Ford.
The team collaboration of good work payed of for the Raiders this week. The defense was especially good at containing Phillip Rivers preventing the Chargers from getting back into the game. Rivers was pressured all day specifically up front by Lamar Houston, Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour. He was also pick off by Michael Huff. Huff also came up with a sack on Sunday.
The penalties still came but the offense was on the field enough time to provide the defense with well needed rest between possessions. The Chargers were simple held back and the battle was won by the Raiders 28-13.
The Raiders didn't just win as a team. They became a team, its the first time the Raiders won six games since making a Super Bowl run in the 2002 season. Next the Raiders take their aggressive play to Jacksonville to face the AFC south division leaders the Jaguars. Raiders are ready to take on all challenges that stand in their way.