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The Raiders displayed an intensity and moxie in their season-opening game against the San Diego Chargers on Monday night that has been unseen in Oakland in recent years. The running game was dominant in the first half, as the Raiders' offensive line imposed its will on the Chargers' defensive front. JaMarcus Russell, who couldn't hit a receiver for much of the game, came back from a brief stint on the sidelines after hyper-extending his knee to lead the offense to a late scoring drive capped off by a huge 4th-and-15, 57-yard touchdown strike to rookie wide receiver Louis Murphy. The defensive front provided adequate pressure despite rushing only four defenders for most of the game, the secondary had a number of pass break-ups despite being tested in exclusive man-to-man coverage, and the ...

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