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Five Keys: Chargers vs. Raiders
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Here are five keys to the game heading into the Week 15 match between the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.
“That’s something we talk about. We make a concerted effort every week to talk about it and try to eliminate those. We’ve got to do something. If you take away our turnovers, we’re a pretty good offense.”
“(He’s) just a freak of nature. Just so quick and twitchy (in) the way he moves. I think we’re pretty different players when it comes to our pass rushing technique and how we go about it. I always love watching other great players. Of course, any little thing I can pick up off his game is good.”
“You see the intelligence picking up even more (with) how he manages the game, how they run the football (and) the things that they do in the pass game off the play-action passes… (He) protects the football as well as any quarterback can protect it. (He has only) five interceptions, doesn’t throw up a lot (of poor throws). Throws it, really, only where his receivers can catch it and he’s really got great touch.”
“It doesn’t change (my outlook). I learned pretty early how Mel, Danny (Woodhead) and Branden (Oliver) prepare every week. So I tried to keep that at a steady pace throughout the season. I’ll go into this week like I have the last 13 weeks. Hopefully Mel can get back. If not, I’ll be ready for the opportunity… I’ve prepared as a starter every week. I was comfortable going into the game last week because I prepared the same (as if I was going to start). I’ll approach this week like I’ve been approaching every week.”
“Is there a Raider rivalry? Yeah; it is two teams in the state of California that are in the same division. Throughout the years I think I (have) tried to explain to the guys what it means (to) some of the new players, especially the ones on defense. Somebody like myself that’s been here for 15 years, what the rivalry means, what it is about and what it means to the people of San Diego about getting this victory; I think that’s important. It is big for us to go out and win a division game at home and regardless of what our situation is at this time in the season. You get a division opponent, you get somebody like that in our stadium, you want to go out and you want to beat them.” Read