The best part of the third quarter for the Raiders came when it looked like Charger Antonio Gates was out of the game with a rib injury. If that's the high point, then the rest of the quarter was, well, interesting. Yet interesting doesn't score points and San Diego was up 16-6 at the end of the third.
Norv Turner may not be the brightest bulb, but he should at least be able to pick up on what the Raiders are trying to do. They did the same thing over and over in the quarter. Quarterback Carson Palmer either hands off to Darren McFadden or throws to Darren McFadden. In four series in the quarter, the Palmer and McFadden linked up nine different times.
As shown by the score, it didn't work. The Raiders couldn't get within field goal distance each time. To add insult to injury, in the second Oakland series, punter Shane Lechler had his kick blocked and San Diego recovered. Thanks to that block, the Chargers would turn it into a field goal, increasing their lead.
Antonio Gates ended up returning for the Chargers. Tough quarter for the silver and black.