The Raiders were looking to start a new era on a positive note but were done in by an offense that couldn't score a touchdown until the final minute and three botched punts after an injury to Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo.
The Chargers did enough to win on a night they started undrafted rookie Mike Harris at left tackle and were missing starting running back charles barkley shoes for sale Ryan Mathews and receiver Vincent Brown to injuries.
San Diego protected Harris by throwing short often with 16 of Rivers' 24 completions going to running backs and tight ends. Rivers threw for 231 yards, but was sacked just once and did not turn the ball over after having 20 interceptions a year ago.Huge opener for Chargers defensive end Shaun Phillips, who finished with three sacks. San Diego's defense was impressive, though kevin durant shoes cheap we'd like to see how it would handle a more dangerous attack.
Darren McFadden had one of the weirdest statlines in recent memory. The Raiders' stud running back finished with 15 carries for 32 yards and 13 receptions for 86 yards. There were stretches when McFadden looked like he was Palmer's only option.
Rivers threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd and Nate Kaeding kicked five field goals to spoil Dennis Allen's debut as Oakland coach by beating the Raiders 22-14 on Monday night.
"I've always tried to take care of the football and be smart but you have to be able to manage the situation," Rivers said. "The situation today was our defense was playing good, our special teams is getting the ball. ... If you go back since I've been playing here and we don't turn the ball over, it's 90-something percent we win. That was the key for the offense tonight."