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Raiders beat Chargers as Philip Rivers, Vincent Jackson continue to struggle

It was another rough night for Philip Rivers and the Chargers. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

That’s right. Two weeks after quarterbacks Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer combined for six interceptions — playing in place of injured starter Jason Campbell — the Raiders are rolling once more following a 24-17 win in San Diego.

With Darren McFadden nursing a foot sprain, Michael Bush piled up 242 yards from scrimmage, including 157 on the ground, once again proving that Oakland’s offensive line is one of the league’s best.

And in his second start in sliver and black, Palmer looked like his old self, throwing for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lightning-fast rookie receiver Denarius Moore.

But the Chargers had their chances, including a potential game-tying drive with less than 3:30 left in the game. Philip Rivers threw a deep pass to Vincent Jackson in the end zone — who was bracketed by double coverage all night — but Jackson never turned to make a play on the ball, allowing Matt Giordano to make an easy interception and seal San Diego’s fate.

After the game, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback said the Raiders were “clouding” Jackson (1 catch, 22 yards) on 80 percent or more of their offensive plays, forcing him to target other receivers. Rivers, who threw for 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season leads the NFL with 15 picks and has only tossed 13 touchdowns in 2011.

(H/T Michael Gehlkin)

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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