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Raiders topple Chargers, take over first in West

Raiders 7 10 7 0 24
Chargers 3 0 14 0 17

SAN DIEGO — Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes and Michael Bush ran 30 times for a season-high 157 yards and one touchdown to lead the Raiders to a 24-17 win over the Chargers on Thursday night, San Diego's fourth straight loss.

The Raiders broke a two-game losing streak and took a half-game lead over the Chiefs in the AFC West.

Palmer looked much better in making his second start and third appearance since being acquired in a trade with Cincinnati, throwing touchdown passes of 33 and 26 yards to Denarius Moore. He'd been semi-retired and living in Del Mar, just north of San Diego, before being traded. Palmer was 14-for-20 for 299 yards, with one interception.

With the Chargers threatening to tie it in the fourth quarter, Rivers was intercepted in the end zone by Matt Giordano with 3:22 left. It was Rivers' NFL- and career-high 15th interception.

Rivers was sacked on consecutive plays near midfield to end the game. He fumbled on the final play, giving him an NFL-high 19 turnovers.

The Chargers lost left tackle Marcus McNeill, right guard Louis Vasquez and linebacker Takeo Spikes to injuries.

HGH TESTING: The players union proposed a study of players that accurately reflects the natural level of HGH in their systems. The union said its players might have a higher natural level of human growth hormone than the general population.

nickelback to play: Canadian rock band Nickelback will play at halftime of the Lions-Packers Thanksgiving Day game. Critics have said they want a group with stronger local ties.

Cowboys: Quarterback Tony Romo believes his broken rib is healed and he may be ready to shed the protective vest he has been wearing for nearly two months. In other news, kickoff specialist David Buehler went on injured reserve because of a right groin injury.

jets: Receiver Plaxico Burress, kick returner Joe McKnight and safety Brodney Pool did not practice for the second straight day. Burress (sore lower back) expects to play against the Patriots. The status of McKnight (toe) is less clear. Antonio Cromartie would return kickoffs if McKnight is out. Pool has a minor left knee sprain.

packers: Defensive end Mike Neal, who injured a knee in training camp, practiced on a limited basis for the first time.

Redskins: Right tackle Jammal Brown is likely out Sunday at Miami because of a groin injury.

Vikings: Owner Zygi Wilf said the team would spend significantly less than the $400 million it has pledged to help a build a stadium if the stadium is not located on the team's preferred site in suburban St. Paul. Some political and business leaders favor the team staying in downtown Minneapolis.

Raiders topple Chargers, take over first in West 11/10/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 11, 2011 12:31am]
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