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Raiders vs. Chargers: Oakland wideouts stress continuity after tough loss
- Updated: December 22, 2013
SAN DIEGO — After the Oakland Raiders’ 26-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, two of the team’s biggest playmakers gave their thoughts on how important it is to have some continuity moving forward in order to fix what ails the struggling squad.
“I feel it”s very important,” wide receiver Rod Streater told Sports Out West after the game when asked about the importance of keeping some of the core group intact. “When you’re around bunch of guys that you stay together with, you kind of start to play for them. You start to get that connection with them.”
That chemistry was apparent at times, as Oakland showed flashes of talent throughout the game on offense, but self-destructed with a total of 12 penalties for 73 Chargers yards. For his part, Streater finished with just one catch for two yards, but had a potential 39-yard touchdown called back when the officials deemed the play a non-catch.
Streater had a different take, however.
“I thought I had a couple of feet down and I made a football move to go into the end zone,” Streater added. “I thought it was a touchdown, but the refs are the refs and they felt like it wasn’t, so you gotta go with them. It happens sometimes. You just gotta forget about it.”
That play in question came on 2nd-and-two from the Chargers’ 39 yard-line with under 6:23 left to play. Streater beat Chargers defensive back Darrell Stuckey on a go route and got behind the defender only to fall to the ground and have the ball come out. Streater was backpedaling but contorted his body and appeared to partially turn as he dove into the end zone.
The play would have allowed the Raiders plenty of time to attempt to get a three-and-out on the ensuing San Diego possession. Instead, it turned into a long drive that yielded no points and sealed the win for the Bolts.
Andre Holmes led all of Oakland’s receivers with five catches for 71 yards, and knows that as a young group, they’ll need to build on the success they’ve had moving forward.
“It’s going to be huge,” said Holmes. “Every team looks to gain continuity going into next season. Coming in with the same system, coming in with some of the same players, it’s very huge to be consistent.”
“The more we stay together, the more I feel like we’ll grow and get better,” said Streater.
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