Charles Woodson has had a long and glorious NFL career and he tied an NFL record with his 13th career defensive touchdown Monday night as he recovered a fumble and ran 25 yards for a touchdown as the host Oakland Raiders (2-3) defeated the San Diego Chargers (2-3), 27-17 in a heated rivalry game.
Woodson is in his 16th season as an NFL player and Oakland and re-signed him in the offseason. Woodson decided to return to the team drafted him out of Michigan after spending the last 7 seasons with the Green Bay Packers. It was just his 2nd fumble recovery for a score with the other 11 being via interception (he tied a record set by Darren Sharper and former Raider Rod Woodson). Many thought Woodson was done after leaving the Packers, but Monday night he showed he can still play the game as a free safety.
“He’s made a habit out of doing that his whole career: a defensive score, an interception to seal the game,” Allen told ESPN after the game. That’s what we expect out of him. He’s been a playmaker for us and he’ll continue to be a playmaker for us.”
Terrelle Pryor returned from a concussion that caused him to miss the 24-10 loss to Washington Redskins last week and he continued to make strides as he gets some on the job training. The 3rd year pro completed 18 of 23 passes for 221 yards, including a 44 yard and a 2 yard TD in the first quarter. Pryor ran the ball 11 times for an additional 31 yards.
“That definitely builds confidence, but you have to keep striking,” Pryor told ESPN. “I’m excited we started fast and got the win.”
Darren McFadden missed the game with a hamstring injury and Rashad Jennings filled in for him. Jennings had 41 yards on 10 carries. However, the injury bug continues to hit the team hard as he left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury. Fullback Marcel Reece (7 carries for 32 yards and 3 receptions for 25 yards) and Pryor carried the running duties after he left.
The Raider defense limited the Chargers to 32 yards on 19 carries, forcing Philip Rivers into predictable passing situations. Rivers completed 36 of 49 passes for 411 yards, including 2 TD’s and 3 INT’s. Woodson picked off Rivers (for his 2nd INT of the game) as he was driving SD into Oakland territory in the final minute of the game.
San Diego had 5 turnovers that effectively killed any chance they had to win the game.
-The Raiders improved to 59-47-2 all time vs the Chargers in their 108th meeting.
-Woodson has 57 INT’s in his career with the 2 INT’s he picked off Monday night.
-Linebacker Kevin Burnett recorded a game-high 14 tackles, middle linebacker Nick Roach added 12.
-Oakland plays Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday while SD hosts Indianapolis.
-Rookie cornerback DJ Hayden got his first INT of his career in the second half.
-Oakland’s 17-0 halftime lead was the largest at home since 2002.
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