Raiders move atop AFC West with 24-17 win in San Diego

November 11, 2011, 4:44 am
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Got tricks?: Hue Jackson is the one with the bag o' tricks, right? Well, Norv Turner went up his sleeve with a lateral on the Chargers' first punt return of the night. Patrick Crayton fielded the punt and went right before spinning and throwing to Marcus Gilchrist, the ball bouncing on the grass before he fielded it cleanly and took it 40 yards.Lil' Wiz filling big shoes: Samson Satele has a balky left knee and was on the field testing it out before the game. No dice. Rookie Stefen Wisniewski started at center and Stephon Heyer moved in at left guard. Many a hole for Michael Bush came on that side.Speaking of Michael Bush: Starting his second straight game at running back in place of Darren McFadden, Bush responded with 157 yards on 30 carries He also caught three passes for 85 yards. Sure, he had a couple of long plays that McFadden would have taken to the house but, Bush did his job.

Denarius Moore, the playmaker: The training camp revelation came to life, catching five balls for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Perhaps no reception more spectacular than the sticky-fingers, shoestring grab he made for a 46-yard pickup in the 2nd quarter. Yes, Carson Palmer likes him. A lot.Ford's foot: Jacoby Ford injured his left foot after making a 41-yard reception in the first quarter. The ball was slightly underthrown and Ford was hurt trying to spin away from Dante Hughes. He was helped off the field and carted to the locker room. He returned to the Raiders sidelines in the second half on crutches and told the NFL Network it was a sprain, and not broken. Still, you have to wonder if recently-cut receiver Derek Hagan is on speed dial. No PI?: Sure, Ford was given the Jake "The Snake" Roberts short-arm clothesline on the fake punt in the end zone. But it was not pass interference because, in a punt formation, anyone lined up wide cannot get the pass interference call because, well, it's supposed to be a punt, so the defender doesn't have to look back at a pass coming their way.No TD? Vincent Brown seemed to beat Lito Sheppard for a 33-yard TD late in the third quarter and the initial signal was touchdown. But the replay assistant overturned the call. The reasoning? Sheppard actually had his hand on the ball and was out of bounds, before Brown secured the play.Homefield advantage?: If you closed your eyes at Qualcomm Stadium and just listened to the collective reactions of the 68,109 in attendance, there were times you could not tell who was actually the home team. The Raiders travel exceptionally well to SoCal, what with their 13-year sojourn in Los Angeles. Truly, San Diego is a capital city of Raider Nation.Hue Jackson finally loses one: Hue Jackson lost his first challenge of his nascent head coaching career when he threw the red flag on a Carson Palmer fumble late in the third quarter. Replays showed that Palmer's arm was still rising, and not in a throwing motion, when he lost control of the ball.Sacks galore: The Raiders had six sacks, none more important than the one that ended the game. Tommy Kelly crushing Philip Rivers ended the game.