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Raiders are official LT property

SAN DIEGO -- Al Davis no longer owns the Raiders.

LaDainian Tomlinson does.

How better to describe the way in which the San Diego running back extraordinaire toys with them every time he faces Oakland? All the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player did Sunday in the Chargers' 28-14 victory was score a career high-tying four touchdowns, rush for 198 yards on 24 carries, including the game-clinching 41-yard gallop with 2:48 remaining, catch three passes for 13 yards and tear the heart out of Raider Nation and chuck San Diego's ubiquitous lightning bolt through it. Again.

"Same thing every year," said a disgruntled Raiders cornerback Fabian Washington. "Same thing. We play hard, we play tough and at some point he breaks loose.

"We've got the guy figured out. We've just got to play it for four quarters."

It might not matter.

Consider: In 13 career games against the Raiders, Tomlinson has rushed for 1,653 yards on 341 carries with 16 touchdowns. He has also caught 49 passes for 243 yards and two scores.

He has had success against the other AFC West teams, going for 1,477 all-purpose yards and 16 TDs in 13 games against Denver and 1,460 total yards and eight scores in 12 games versus Kansas City. But against the Raiders, he takes it to another level, what with Oakland surrendering half of his six career touchdown passes.

"I don't know, man, it's weird," Tomlinson said. "We always have some success running the ball."

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