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Raiders at Chargers Game Notes

Posted Dec 26, 2012

The Oakland Raiders close out to the 2012 regular season against the Chargers in San Diego this Sunday.


WR Denarius Moore makes an acrobatic catch during the Raiders win at San Diego in 2011. Photo by Tony Gonzales.
 
 

THIS WEEK’S NOTABLE STORYLINES:

  • The Raiders travel to face the San Diego Chargers Sunday, marking the Silver and Black’s final game of the 2012 season.
  • K Sebastian Janikowski has been good on 31-of-34 field-goal attempts this season, hitting on 91.2 percent of his tries. Only 10 kickers in league history have hit at least 90.9 percent of their attempts during a season while perfect from 49 yards or less.
  • WR Rod Streater enters the season finale with 35 receptions, which is tied for the fifth-most by a non-drafted rookie player in the NFL since 2000.
  • Streater’s reception total ranks fifth among rookies in Raider history. Streater’s 35 catches are the most by a Raider rookie wide receiver since Tim Brown had 43 receptions in 1988.
  • DT Tommy Kelly has made 79 consecutive starts, the longest active streak by a defensive tackle in the NFL. Kelly has not missed a game since sitting out nine contests due to a knee injury in 2007.
  • The Raiders will be looking for their third straight victory at San Diego, which would match the Silver and Black’s longest winning streak at Qualcomm Stadium (2000-02).
  • With 19 more pass attempts, the Raiders will break the 2002 team record of 619 attempts.
  • QB Carson Palmer became just the second quarterback in Raider history to pass 4,000 yards in a single season with 4,018. Rich Gannon holds the Silver and Black’s all-time single-season record with 4,689 passing yards in 2002.

RAIDERS CLOSE OUT SEASON AT SAN DIEGO: The Oakland Raid­ers wrap up the 2012 campaign at San Diego Sunday. The game will mark the second straight year that the Raiders have played the Chargers in a regular-season finale.

THE SERIES: The Raiders and Chargers have squared off 105 times in the regular season dating back to the formation of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960. The Silver and Black holds a 57-46-2 advantage in the regular-season series, and won the lone playoff game between the two teams. The Chargers snapped a three-game Raider winning streak vs. San Diego in the 2011 season finale, and took a 22-14 decision in the 2012 season opener at O.co Coliseum on Sept. 10.

LOOKING AHEAD: Below are the Raiders’ 2013 regular-season oppo­nents, according to the 2012 NFL Record and Fact Book:

Home: Den., KC, SD, Jac., Ten., Phi., Was., AFC North (TBD)

Away: Den., KC, SD, Hou., Ind., Dal., NYG, AFC East (TBD)

AT HOME IN QUALCOMM: The Raiders will be aiming for a third straight win at San Diego, which would match the Silver and Black’s longest winning streak at Qualcomm Stadium (2000-02). Oakland posted a 28-13 win at San Diego in 2010 before recording a 24-17 victory last season.

STREAKING STREATER: Rookie WR Rod Streater, who totaled just 19 catches as a senior at Temple, is among the most productive non-drafted rookie receivers in recent NFL history. Streater’s 35 catches this season is tied for fifth most among non-drafted rookies since 2000.

ROD AMONG ROOKIE BESTS: WR Rod Streater’s season receiving to­tal ranks among the top rookie performances in Raiders franchise history. Streater’s 35 catches are the fifth most by a Raider rookie.

THREE OVER 100: Three Oakland defenders have recorded 100-or-more tackles this season, marking the first time since 2006 that three Raiders have reached the century mark. In 2006, LB Kirk Morrison (127), LB Thomas Howard (110) and S Stuart Schweigert (107) all topped 100.

KELLY’S CONSISTENCY: DT Tommy Kelly has made 79 straight starts since 2008, marking the most consecutive starts for a defensive tackle in the NFL. San Francisco 49ers DT Justin Smith was inactive for a Week 16 contest due to an elbow injury, snapping a streak of 185 straight starts that dated back to the 2001 season. Kelly has not missed a game since the 2007 season, when he sat out nine contests due to a knee injury. His streak ranks fifth among active defensive players in the NFL. He has started every game for Oakland since the 2008 season-opener against Denver on Sept. 8, 2008.

AIR YARDS vs. YAC: The Raiders rank second in the NFL with 2,049 yards after the catch (YAC).

GOLDEN BOOT: K Sebastian Janikowski has hit 31-of-34 field-goal at­tempts this season, hitting 91.2 percent of his tries. Only 11 kickers in league history have hit at least 90.6 percent of their attempts during a sea­son while perfect from 49 yards or less.

LATE-SCORE LEADERS: K Sebastian Janikowski booted a 57-yard field goal as time expired in the first half vs. Kansas City on Dec. 16, giving the Raiders an NFL-high 82 points at the end of a half.

PALMER CLIMBING THE CHARTS: QB Carson Palmer has produced one of one the most prolific passing seasons in Raider history. Palmer tied for second on the Raiders’ single-season list in attempts (565), third in completions (345), second in yards (4,018) and 14th in touchdowns (22).

Notable connections

Senior offensive assistant Al Saunders was head coach of the Chargers from 1986-88 after serving as an assistant coach under Don Coryell...T Khalif Barnes is from Spring Valley in San Diego County and attended Mount Miguel High School...Chargers T Kevin Haslam was in training camp with the Raiders this season...LB Miles Burris and Chargers WR Vincent Brown were teammates at San Diego State...WR Darrius Hey­ward-Bey and Chargers K Nick Novak were teammates at Maryland...LB Omar Gaither played with Chargers WR Robert Meachem at Tennessee... TE David Ausberry and C/G Alex Parsons played at USC with Chargers CB Shareece Wright...LB Philip Wheeler and Chargers OLB Gary Guyton were teammates at Georgia Tech...FB Marcel Reece played at Washington with Chargers ILB Donald Butler...DT Richard Seymour and Chargers TE Randy McMichael played together at Georgia...WR Juron Criner was teammates with Chargers C Colin Baxter at Arizona...Chargers head coach Norv Turner served as head coach for the Oakland Raiders from 2004-05...Turner is from Martinez, Calif., and attended Alhambra High School...Special teams coach Steve Hoffman served on the same staff with Turner with the Dallas Cowboys from 1991-93...Chargers defensive line coach Don Johnson served as defensive tackles coach for the Raid­ers from 2007-08...Chargers assistant secondary coach Chris Dishman served an NFL Minority Coach Fellowship with the Raiders during the 2007 season...Dishman also served as an assistant at Menlo College from 2006-08...Chargers running backs coach Ollie Wilson served in the same capacity with the Atlanta Falcons from 2002-07, sharing time on staff with Head Coach Dennis Allen (2002-05), offensive coordinator Greg Knapp (2004-06) and strength and conditioning coach Al Miller (2002- 05)...Chargers tight ends coach Jason Michael worked as a quality con­trol coach and video assistant on Turner’s staff with the Raiders in 2005... Chargers quarterbacks coach John Ramsdell attended San Francisco State and coached wide receivers at SFSU from 1976-77.

INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS vs. SAN DIEGO: S Tyvon Branch made his first NFL start vs. San Diego on Sept. 14, 2009...Branch scored his first career touchdown, a 64-yard fumble return, vs. San Diego on Oct. 10, 2010...DT Desmond Bryant made his NFL debut vs. San Diego on Sept. 14, 2009...G Cooper Carlisle last missed a game/start vs. San Diego on Sept. 28, 2008...Carlisle scored his first career touchdown on a 6-yard pass as a member of the Denver Broncos vs. San Diego on Sept. 14, 2003...WR Darrrius Heyward-Bey made his NFL debut vs. San Diego on Sept. 14, 2009...Heyward-Bey totaled nine receptions for 130 yards vs. the Chargers on Jan. 1, 2012...S Michael Huff made his NFL debut vs. San Diego on Sept. 11, 2006...Huff notched a forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown vs. San Diego on Oct. 10, 2010...Huff posted a sack at San Diego on Dec. 5, 2010...K Sebastian Janikowksi made his NFL debut vs. San Diego on Sept. 3, 2000...Janikowski attempted a career-long 76-yard field goal vs. San Di­ego on Sept. 28, 2008...DT Tommy Kelly made his first NFL start vs. the Chargers on Nov. 21, 2004...Kelly’s last missed game/start was on Dec. 30, 2007, vs. San Diego...P Shane Lechler made his NFL debut vs. San Diego on Sept. 3, 2000...S Mike Mitchell made his NFL debut vs. San Diego on Sept. 14, 2009...WR Denarius Moore totaled five catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns at San Diego on Nov. 10, 2011...Moore had 101 receiving yards vs. San Diego on Jan. 1, 2012...TE Brandon Myers made his first NFL start and had his first NFL catch at San Diego on Nov. 1, 2009...QB Car­son Palmer passed for a career-high 440 yards as a member of the Cincin­nati Bengals vs. San Diego on Nov. 12, 2006...DT Richard Seymour made his Raider debut, posting two sacks, vs. San Diego on Sept. 14, 2009...DE Matt Shaughnessy made his NFL debut vs. San Diego on Sept. 14, 2009... Shaughnessy recorded his first-career sack at San Diego on Nov. 1, 2009... WR Rod Streater made his first-career touchdown catch vs. San Diego on Sept. 10, 2012.