Chargers need comeback to take out winless Raiders


Jason Verrett's interception with less than two minutes to play sealed the San Diego Chargers' come-from-behind 31-28 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Our takeaways:

1. The Chargers barely beat a winless team, but credit is deserved for coming back from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The Chargers scored the game's final 10 points, then got the defensive stop to end it. Philip Rivers was again MVP-like, throwing for over 300 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

2. Derek Carr did something on Sunday that his older brother, David, never did in the NFL: He threw four touchdown passes in one game. His big mistake was a killer: Trailing by three and approaching field-goal range with 1:20 to play, Carr forced a deep ball into tight coverage and Verrett made him pay. It was a rookie mistake the Raiders can only hope Carr learns from. On balance, this was an extremely promising afternoon for the second-round pick.

3. Branden Oliver was a difference-maker for a second straight week. The Chargers running back finished with 124 total yards and the go-ahead touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. It took some injuries, but Mike McCoy appears to have found some buried treasure on their own roster.

4. Tony Sparano deserves praise beyond his well-reported motivational ploys. The Raiders nearly took out one of the AFC's top teams, an indication Oakland bought into the interim coach's message about leaving 0-4 in the past. Moral victories don't count for much in the NFL, but winless teams need to take positives where they can get them.

5. Darren McFadden is alive. The Raiders running back looked the best he has in, well, years, running for 80 yards on just 14 carries. McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew both found success, making things far easier for their rookie quarterback. More of this will be needed going forward.

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