The Oakland Raiders dominated the Chargers from the opening bell. It was sickening to not see it last the entire 60 minutes. For a die-hard Raider fan, the ending was very painful to watch. Darren McFadden and Michael Bush ran roughshod over this much heralded lot. Our offensive line punished the Chargers and our defense pushed the Chargers offensive line around. The Raiders pick-up of Richard Seymore was a genius move. If he performs close to his performance Monday, this will help that defense greatly and make others players better. He was by far the most dominate player on the field. Watching the hitting in this game gave me flashbacks of games of yore. Jack Tatum and George Atkinson immediately came to mind. Then POOF…back to the future. The Raiders stopped running the ball. The Corners played to far off the ball which gave Phillip Rivers too much area to throw the ball and throw it he did. What the HELL happened!!!! This game was there for the taking even with this madness. I get pissed thinking about it. We should have won this damn game. I had mixed emotions when Jamarcus Russell went down. He wasn’t doing shit anyway. If he weren’t so erratic, the Raiders could have scored at least 35 points. The zebras stole one touchdown. I understand the rule leaves room for interpretation, but this is crazy;
Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3, Item 1 of the NFL Rule Book (page 51) states that “if a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact with an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball after he touches the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.”
Here’s the problem as I see it. Murphy was no longer in the act of catching the pass, He was already in possession of the ball, and the act was complete. The ball was not moving as the video plainly showed, he never loss control of the ball until the ball itself struck the ground. TOUCHDOWN. Even with this HOOCUS POOCUS, with consistent play at the quarterback position Oakland wins this game. San Diego does not have a walk over in this division.
“FEAR THE SHIELD”