Chargers 42, Raiders 14
Drew Brees threw a career-high five touchdown passes and set San Diego's single-game record for passing efficiency Sunday as he led the Chargers to a 42-14 rout of the Oakland Raiders.
The Chargers (5-3) are tied for the AFC West lead with Denver, which lost to Atlanta.
Brees completed his first eight passes and finished 22 of 25 -- 88 percent -- for 281 yards. The previous team record was 81.8 percent by Rick Neuheisel in 1987. Brees had zero interceptions for the fifth time in six games.
Brees has thrown 14 touchdown passes against just three interceptions, compared to his 15 interceptions and 11 touchdowns last year.
He connected with tight end Antonio Gates for two short scoring passes on consecutive drives in the third quarter to give the Chargers a 42-7 lead.
Brees's five touchdown passes tied him for second-most in team history, one behind Dan Fouts, who threw six at Oakland on Nov. 22, 1981.
The Raiders (2-6) lost their fifth straight game. Kerry Collins was intercepted twice -- giving him 11 in six games since replacing the injured Rich Gannon -- and the Raiders were held to 22 yards rushing.
LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 71 yards on 19 carries for the Chargers, including a one-yard touchdown that gave them a 14-0 lead in the second quarter.
San Diego led 28-7 at halftime.