SDUT: Nick Canepa's report card

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SDRay

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The Chargers play virtually mistake-free football to dominate the Raiders and win their fifth consecutive game.

Quarterback


A

Playing it cool, Drew Brees is becoming a greater Raiders-killer than LT.

Running back


B

LT doesn't have his usual Silver and Black stuff, but good enough against these stiffs.

Receiver


B

Everyone has big catches. Antonio Gates is guarded like Buckingham Palace.

Offensive line


B-

Brees is sacked twice – two too many. Run game is almost painful.

Defensive line


A-

If Jamal Williams doesn't go Pro Bowling, the vote was taken in Florida.

Linebacker


A

But, pray tell, why does Shawne Merriman come out on passing downs?

Secondary


A

Terrence Kiel's out, so Clinton Hart plays Lou Gehrig to Kiel's Wally Pipp?

Special teams


B

Nate Kaeding should just try onside kicks, for all the distance he gets.

Coaching


A

The Raiders are puff pastry and Marty Schottenheimer is John Goodman.

Next opportunity (vs Miami)

A


Ricky comes home, plays, loses, then flies off to Tibet.

By the numbers


0

Touchdowns by LaDainian Tomlinson, only the second time in 10 career games against Oakland he has failed to score.


1

Penalty called in the game – against the Chargers. (Oakland entered the game leading the league in penalties.)


5

Consecutive wins for the Chargers, only the second time since 1995 they've had a winning streak longer than four games (eight in 2004).


5

Consecutive wins by the Chargers over the Raiders, the longest streak by San Diego in the series since it won the first six meetings (1960-62).


19

Consecutive home games in which the Chargers have scored at least 20 points.


25-7

Marty Schottenheimer's career record against the Raiders. No coach has won more games against the Silver and Black.


76-24

Combined score of San Diego's victories over Oakland the last two seasons at Qualcomm Stadium.

– JAY POSNER