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The Raiders season is mercifully coming to an end, and it looks like they will go out in the same way they came in.
The Oakland Raiders are a bad, bad football team and the looked like it in the first half of their 2012 season finale against the San Diego Chargers. The game opened with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Michael Spurlock and Oakland barely cracked the 100 total yards mark as San Diego jumped out to a 17-7 halftime lead at Qualcomm Stadium.
With Carson Palmer out, Terrelle Pryor got the nod at quarterback for his first NFL start and the glass half-full perspective is that he hasn't been a disaster. He's been safe and secure with the ball, which hasn't resulted in many yards, but he did throw a touchdown to Darius Heyward-Bey. That capped an impressive 12-play, 90-yard drive that marked Oakland's only real offensive movement.
Pryor has helped himself out on the ground, running for more than four yards a rush. Unfortunately, the Chargers have locked down Darren McFadden so the onus is all on Pryor to move the ball.
After running the opening kick back for six, Nick Novak added a field goal to put the Chargers up 10-0. The Raiders' touchdown cut that lead to three, but Philip Rivers found Antonio Gates for a 11-yard touchdown pass to stretch the lead back to 10 just before halftime.