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Raiders at Chargers Game Notes

Posted Nov 8, 2011

The Raiders face the Chargers on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football at Qulacomm Stadium in San Diego.


RB Michael Bush (29) scores during the Raiders 2010 win over the Chargers in San Diego. Photo by Tony Gonzales.

CP FOR THREE: In his first start with the Silver and Black, QB Carson Palmer passed for three touchdowns against Denver on November 6 at O.co Coliseum. He became the first Raider quarterback since 2009 to throw for three touchdowns in a game, connecting with RB Michael Bush, FB Marcel Reece and WR Jacoby Ford for scores. His longest connection of the game came on a 40-yard touchdown strike to Reece in the second quarter.

332 IN FIRST START: QB Carson Palmer completed 19 of 35 pass attempts for 332 yards in his first start as a Raider on November 6. It marked the third 300-yard passing performance by a Raider quarterback this season, as Jason Campbell posted two 300-yard passing games in the first six contests of the campaign.

REECE HITS PAYDIRT: FB Marcel Reece scored a touchdown on a 40-yard pass from QB Carson Palmer against the Broncos on November 6. It marked the second receiving touchdown of the season for Reece, who returned to action after missing four games due to injury. Reece also had a three-yard touchdown reception in the season opener at Denver, and scored three receiving touchdowns last season including a career-high 73-yard catch-and-run against the Broncos on December 19, 2010. 

90-PLUS AGAIN: RB Michael Bush rushed for over 90 yards for the second straight week, totaling 96 yards on 19 carries against Denver on November 6. Bush, who ran for 99 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 23, added two receptions for 33 yards including an 11-yard touchdown catch against the Broncos.

WIMBLEY BACK WITH A SACK: LB Kamerion Wimbley got to the quarterback for an 11-yard sack against the Denver Broncos on November 6. It was the second sack of the season for the veteran linebacker and the first since the home opener on September 25 against the New York Jets. Wimbley, who led the Raiders with nine sacks last season, upped his career sack total to 37.5 over six pro seasons.

HOUSTON MATCHES A HIGH: DE Lamarr Houston led the team with seven total tackles against the Denver Broncos on November 6, matching his personal single-game career high. Houston, who registered six solo tackles on the day and had one tackle for a loss, tied his personal standard set last season at Pittsburgh.

PALMER AND HOUSHMANDZADEH RECONNECT: After playing together for six seasons in Cincinnati, QB Carson Palmer and WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh were reunited as members of the Raiders when the Silver and Black signed the veteran wide receiver on November 1. The pair wasted no time getting reacquainted on the field, as Palmer and Houshmandzadeh hooked up for a 28-yard completion in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos on November 6. 

BLACKSTOCK SACK: LB Darryl Blackstock was credited with a sack against the Denver Broncos, marking his first sack of the season. It was the fifth career sack for Blackstock and his first since the 2007 season when he played for the Arizona Cardinals. The veteran defender also made his first career start at middle linebacker against the Broncos.

SPREADING THE WEALTH: QB Carson Palmer connected with eight different receivers against the Denver Broncos on November 6 at O.co Coliseum, totaling 19 completions on the afternoon. Five different receivers recorded at least two catches.

FORD SCORES: WR Jacoby Ford hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone against the Denver Broncos on November 6. The score marked his first touchdown reception of the season and the fourth of his career. It was his second touchdown of the season, having scored on a 101-yard kickoff return against the Cleveland Browns on October 16.

JACOBY TOPS 100: WR Jacoby Ford totaled five receptions for 105 yards against the Broncos on November 6, becoming the third different Raider receiver to top the 100-yard plateau this season. Ford joined WR Denarius Moore (146) and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (115) as receivers that have posted 100-yard games this season. It marked his third career 100-yard receiving game.

BUSH FIRST: RB Michael Bush’s 11-yard touchdown reception from QB Carson Palmer marked a career-first for the fourth-year player. Bush, who has rushed for 17 career touchdowns including a team-high eight last season, had never previously recorded a receiving score.