Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Week 1 of the highly-anticipated 2012 NFL regular season wrapped up in the wild west in a division battle between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers on Sept. 10 on Monday Night Football. The story of the Chargers’ less-than-thrilling 22-14 win over Oakland was the Raiders’ rudderless offense and shabby special teams play.  Quarterback Carson Palmer was without Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore, so it was no surprise that there were stretches when star running back Darren McFadden looked like the only option for Palmer. Photo Credit: Chargers.com McFadden finished with 13 receptions for 86 yards through the air, but since the Raiders’ veteran starting signal-caller didn’t have much to work with downfield, San Diego stacked the line of scrimmage without fear of consequence on defense. On the ground, McFadden gained just 32 yards on 15 carries and Mike Goodson only toted the rock twice for 13 yards. However, that might have been the least of the team’s concerns in this contest.  ...
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