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In Norv Turner's final game as Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers, the big stories were Takeo Spikes' ejection from the game and Terrelle Pryor's exciting performance in his first NFL start.
A boring, meaningless win seemed like a fitting way to end Norv Turner's career as Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers.
Actually, boring is a little harsh. It was fairly exciting to watch the future of the Oakland Raiders. That future is Terrelle Pryor, who looked closer to his potential (Cam Newton) than many thought he would be at this point. With time, he could certainly be a franchise QB for that team. His potential was almost enough to bring the Raiders back into it in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 unanswered points against the Chargers' defense, but a late failed onside kick doomed Oakland.
The Chargers offense didn't look particularly good, but the Raiders defense did look particularly bad. That helped San Diego to avoid any turnovers, and Philip Rivers was patient enough to throw big-play TDs to wide open receivers (Antonio Gates and Danario Alexander). Micheal Spurlock took care of the rest, running back the opening kickoff for a touchdown and recovering the Raiders' onside kick with less than 2 minutes left to go in the game.
Perhaps the biggest story of the game, after hearing that Takeo Spikes is considering retirement after this season, is that Takeo was ejected from the game in the first half after a shoving match with Raiders running back Mike Goodson. We'll hear more about that, the Chargers' draft position and more in the coming days. For now, we'll sit and wait for official word on Norv Turner's firing.