Palmer looks sharp as Raiders top Chargers, 24-17
Carson Palmer shook off the rust of missing training camp and the first six weeks of the season, looking sharp in leading the Oakland Raiders to a 24-17 victory on the season debut of Thursday Night Football.
Palmer completed 14 of 20 passes for 299 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the game. It didn't hurt that Michael Bush, filling in for an injured Darren McFadden, ran 30 times for 157 yards against the Chargers, who lost for the fourth straight time.
Adding to the Chargers woes was another up and down performance from Philip Rivers, who was 23 of 47 for 274 yards and two scores. He also threw his lead-leading 15th interception - in the end zone no less than when he was picked off by Mike Giordano.
The win for Oakland at least temporarily puts the Raiders back alone atop the AFC West at 5-4. The Kansas City Chiefs can tie the Raiders if they can defeat Denver on Sunday.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com