Raiders Vs. Chargers: All-Around Effort Leads To 24-17 Raiders Victory

The Oakland Raiders are coming off a demoralizing loss to the Broncos, but have a short week to consider it, as they've got the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football. For more on the game and the team in general, go to Silver And Black Pride, SB Nation's Oakland Raiders blog.

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Raiders Vs. Chargers Score Update: Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers Turning Thursday Night Football Into Shootout

Does anyone else feel like the NFL should play a game every Thursday night?

The first TNF game of the season has lived up to all expectations, as the two AFC West favorites are battling in the fourth quarter. The Oakland Raiders once held a comfortable lead in the game, but the San Diego Chargers have come storming back to cut the deficit to 24-17.

Michael Bush has dominated this game from the early going and is continually gashing the Chargers front-seven. The running back currently has 140 rushing yards on 25 carries, including a touchdown run in the first quarter. To balance the offensive attack, Carson Palmer has had the best game of his short career with Oakland and has hit Denarius Moore for two touchdown passes. 

Despite being bothered by injury, kicker Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter and has converted all three of his extra-point attempts.

The Chargers struggled mightily in the first half, but Philip Rivers has his team rolling late in the contest. Rivers connected with rookie receiver Vincent Brown for a 30-yard touchdown pass. After leading his team down the field once again, it appeared the Rivers-Brown connection had worked again. After originally being ruled a touchdown, instant replay overturned the call. While it momentarily upheld the score, Rivers was able to roll out and hit Jacob Hester for a seven-yard touchdown pass.

With the Raiders driving, Carson Palmer was hit late and floated a ball into the San Diego night. The Chargers came away with the interception and now have the ball with 11 minutes remaining in the game.

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Raiders Vs. Chargers Score Update: Carson Palmer Hits Denarius Moore With Deep Touchdown Pass For 17-3 Lead

After a slow start on Thursday night, the Oakland Raiders have dominated the San Diego Chargers in every facet of the game and lead 17-3 at half time.

The Chargers scored first on a 20-yard field goal from Nick Novak. Other than that, not too much has gone right for San Diego. Philip Rivers is 4-for-11 with just 44 passing yards. Mike Tolbert and Ryan Mathews have four carries a piece and have combined for just 39 yards on the ground. No player has more than one catch, and after his monster game last week, Vincent Jackson does not have a catch.

Michael Bush led the way early for the Raiders and scored the first touchdown of the game, hurdling the goal line to give his team a 7-3 lead. After being held at the two yard line, Sebastian Janikowski converted on a 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter.

The big play of the game came with less than two minutes remaining in the half. Carson Palmer, who finally looks like the quarterback Oakland thought they were signing a few weeks ago, hit Denarius Moore for a 33-yard touchdown strike to put the Raiders up 17-3.

On the defensive side of the ball, Kamerion Wimbley has stolen the show with three sacks. He is continually getting pressure on Rivers and he has had little time to operate in the pocket.

San Diego attempted to mount a final-minute drive, but they fell short around midfield. Palmer took a knee to the loud applause of the many Raider fans in attendance at Qualcomm Stadium. 

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Raiders Vs. Chargers Score Update: Michael Bush Dominating Early On Thursday Night Football

The first Thursday night game of the NFL season has featured plenty of excitement and we are just 15 minutes into the game. For a game that means so much in the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers came to play.

The Raiders received the ball to begin the game and were forced to punt and a three-and-out.

The Chargers used a lateral pass in route of a 40-yard return that put the Chargers offense deep into Oakland territory. Despite a strong effort from Ryan Matthews (14 yards on three carries, one reception for 19 yards) San Diego was unable to punch the ball into the end zone. Nick Novak converted a 20-yard field goal to give the Chargers an early 3-0 lead.

Since the field goal, it has been the Michael Bush show. Filling in for the injured Darren McFadden, Bush has already rushed for 78 yards on thirteen carries, including a one-yard touchdown rush in which he hurdled the offensive line.

With a lead of 7-3, Oakland came away with another strong drive and capped it off with a 26-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski. With 11:02 remaining in the first half, they lead 10-3.

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