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Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson talks with quarterback Carson Palmer in the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

It would be natural to assume the Raiders simply realized the error of their ways and were determined to force-feed the San Diego Chargers a steady diet of running back Michael Bush.

Bush, who had 157 yards on 30 carries and 242 yards from scrimmage in Thursday night's 24-17 win, has a recent history of success against the Chargers, having gained 199 yards on 49 carries in two games last season.

There was also the notion that perhaps quarterback Carson Palmer would benefit from a run-heavy attack as he adapts to the offense, enabling him to pick his shots as a play-action passer.

Sounds logical, except Raiders coach Hue Jackson will have none of it.

Instead, Bush's turn in the national spotlight was something that happened mostly because both Jackson and Palmer realized early what was working and kept things moving in that direction.

Jackson said the pregame script called for balance and diversity but was adjusted on the fly as Bush and the offensive line dominated early.

"You see the line coming off the ball and you see the velocity of the back, and you get a good feeling for what's going on," Jackson said Friday at his media briefing. "I don't know that you can see that when you're behind the glass.

"When you're (on the field) you get a real good feel for the game, and he was starting to take over the game and the blockers were taking over the game, and the rest is history."


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Bush's 242 yards from scrimmage, which included three receptions for 85 yards, eclipsed Bo Jackson's mark of 235 as the most for the Raiders since the 1970 merger. In team history, Bush's total trails only Clem Daniels, who had games of 256 and 248 yards in 1963, and Art Powell, who had 247 yards (all receiving) in a game the same season.

  • Hue Jackson said he never saw the Raiders as a team in crisis after home division losses to Kansas City and Denver.

    "You lose and things get said, and I hear them, but I never felt it in the locker room," Jackson said. "I know everyone else was concerned. I wasn't."

    Second-year linebacker Rolando McClain and rookie left guard-turned center Stefen Wisniewski are getting the hang of how perception changes week to week in the NFL.

    "We never worry about what everybody says," McClain said. "We have a good sense of each other in this locker room, and that's all that matters. We believe in each other."

    Said Wisniewski: "Early in the year, everyone was talking about how good we are. And then we suck after a couple of losses. And now we're good again. It's a heavily criticized job, but that's the nature of the business."

  • The NFL Network is reporting linebacker Aaron Curry was fined $20,000 for a high hit on Tim Tebow that left the Denver Broncos quarterback with a bloody lip.

  • Wide receiver Jacoby Ford said his left foot was sprained and was optimistic it wasn't serious. The Raiders take Saturday and Sunday off and have 10 days to get injured players such as Ford, running back Darren McFadden, safety Michael Huff and center Samson Satele ready to play in Minnesota on Nov. 20.