Originally posted on Silver and Black Forever  |  Last updated 11/11/11
Raiders 24 - Chargers 17 Thursday night's game was a tough challenge for the Raiders. It was a character driven and character defining game in many ways. All the built in excuses (short week, injury filled roster, new additions assimilating) fell on deaf ears as the Raiders physically dominated the Chargers on both sides of the line. What I have really appreciated and admired about the 2011 Raiders team is their resiliency. There have been a number of games this season where the team's character and commitment has been tested. Bouncing back from a heart wrenching 2nd half collapse to the Bills, the Raiders responded positively with a convincing win over the Jets. After the loss to the Patriots and loss of owner Al Davis, the team got an emotional and inspiring "W" at Houston. In the game last night, the Raiders followed their proven formula for success and played to their true identity and strengths. THE BLUEPRINT (1) Establish the run early and often and...
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