ALAMEDA -- During the pregame festivities before a 22-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers, Ice Cube entertained the O.co Coliseum crowd with a Raiders rap anthem that included the lyrics, "Touchdown, touchdown. Let's throw a bomb on first down, let's throw a bomb on every down."
Considering the endless procession of short passes that had fans booing, chances are it wouldn't have mattered if the Raiders offense had received one more snap with their backs to the Black Hole.
The NFL vice president of officiating confirmed to Yahoo Sports! Tuesday that NFL rules mandate an additional play when the kicking team is the last to touch a ball, and the game ended on a punt to the Raiders that was downed by the Chargers at the 5.
A 95-yard pass play for a touchdown never looked more out of the question as quarterback Carson Palmer completed 32 of 46 passes for 297 yards. Darren McFadden caught 13 passes for 86 yards. The longest completion was 26 yards to tight end Brandon Myers, the longest completion to a wide receiver 21 yards to Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Getting the ball downfield will be something the Raiders discuss during a short week as they travel cross-country to face the Miami Dolphins Sunday. Coach Dennis Allen is scheduled to meet with the local media Tuesday afternoon, with players not available to the media.
A year after averaging a career-high 8.4 yards per pass attempt, Palmer averaged 5.6 yards per attempt against the Chargers. When he met with the media late Monday night, Palmer explained that the short routes were dictated by the San Diego defense, which gave up 716 yards to Oakland in two games last season.
"They were staying in the base defense and we liked our matchups with the running backs underneath and also we have beaten them in the past over the top and they were getting a ton of depth," Palmer said. "They were not going to give up big plays. Their corners pressed the line of scrimmage a lot and were just turning and running for the hills."
Late in the first half, an underneath pass to McFadden gained 14 yards to the 2-yard line to bring up fourth-and-1, but with seven seconds remaining, Allen opted to take the points and a 10-6 deficit rather than gamble and try to tie the game.
"We moved the ball well but we didn't get in the end zone," McFadden said. "That's the main thing -- you have to get points in those situations. We didn't get the ball in the end zone and we didn't get the points."
Another way of getting the ball deep -- the play-action pass -- became less of a factor because the Raiders managed just 2.3 yards per carry (45 yards on 23 attempts) and because they found themselves playing from behind in the second half.
A game-opening 56-yard, 14-play drive ended when an 8-yard third-down conversion pass to Rod Streater was lost on a fumble. Another series was essentially aborted when a botched reverse pitch from Marcel Reece to Taiwan Jones resulted in a 25-yard loss.
Even with the Chargers aligning their defense to take away the deep ball, Palmer thought there was enough to work with to win.
"When we look at the film we're going to realize that we put ourselves in some difficult spots with the turnover and some negative plays that made it a lot more difficult than it needed to be," Palmer said. "When it comes down to it, we didn't score enough points on offense. Fourteen points is not enough points against that offense."
Allen had no quarrel with the reluctance of the offense to go downfield.
"I thought Carson threw the ball well," Allen said. "I thought we were able to throw the ball effectively in the game. I didn't feel like that was the issue."