Tomlinson Leads Chargers Over Raiders

The Associated Press
Monday, October 15, 2007; 2:26 AM

SAN DIEGO -- This is getting too easy for LaDainian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers. Bring on the archrival Oakland Raiders, and it's practically a guaranteed victory.

Tomlinson matched his career high with four touchdowns, rushing for 198 yards on 24 carries and leading the Chargers to their eighth straight win over the Raiders, 28-14, on Sunday.

Tomlinson scored on runs of 3, 27, 13 and 41 yards to vault past John Riggins for fifth on the all-time rushing touchdowns list with 106.

L.T. scored for the final time with 2:43 left, much to the delight of the Raider-hating crowd. It was a simple off-tackle play that Tomlinson broke to the outside. After racing into the end zone, he dropped the ball and raised both arms in the air.

It was the third time the reigning NFL MVP rushed for four touchdowns in a game, and the fifth time overall that he's scored four times. It was the first time he scored four TDs at home.

The defending AFC West champion Chargers (3-3) rebounded to .500 after their early season, three-game losing streak left everyone frustrated, especially Tomlinson. The Chargers pulled into a tie atop the division with Kansas City.

To think, the Chargers can beat the Raiders without Marty Schottenheimer as their coach. Schottenheimer, fired in February, hated the Raiders and was 27-7 against them in his career, including the first seven wins in the Chargers' streak.

Norv Turner, who replaced Schottenheimer, was fired by the Raiders after coaching them to a 9-23 record in 2004-05.

It was Tomlinson's eighth career 100-yard game against the Silver and Black.

During the winning streak, Tomlinson has rushed for 1,142 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also catching one TD pass and throwing two.

The Raiders (2-3) looked more like the team that went an NFL-worst 2-14 last year than the one that was coming off consecutive wins.

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper, making his second start, was harassed all day, which helped make the offense look horrible most of the afternoon. Culpepper was intercepted twice, lost a fumble and was sacked six times.

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