It had all the feel of a Super Bowl, and the results turned out that way, too.

Dallas Cowboys 34, Oakland Raiders 21."We were anxious to see where we measured up, and it was reality," Raiders coach Mike White said of the blowout loss. "We're bitterly disappointed in our last game and realize we've got a long ways to go."

The Raiders will try and get over that loss Monday night game against slumping San Diego. The Chargers (4-7) also have been pummeled by NFC heavyweights, including 49-26 by San Francisco in last season's Super Bowl and 23-9 by Dallas Oct. 15.

Still, the Raiders have established themselves as one of the AFC's better teams with an 8-3 record.

But a week ago Sunday they were merely the third AFC West team to lose to Dallas this season. With Thursday's win over Kansas City, the Cowboys are 4-0 against the AFC West, generally considered to be the most competitive in the NFL.

"I think it was a great barometer of where we as an AFC team measure up against one of the best NFC teams," White said. "We can't take it back or bring it back. We've got to move on."

They'll do so with 40-year-old Vince Evans at quarterback, for this game, at least. Evans, the NFL's oldest active player, will make his second start of the season in place of Jeff Hostetler, who is sidelined with a bruised left shoulder and cracked bone in his left hand.

"The San Diego Chargers are standing in the way of where we want to go," said Evans, who admitted that he's "stoked" at the chance to start on a Monday night. "The Oakland Raiders are at a standpoint where we need a win. We're tough-minded. We're ready to meet the challenge."

Evans also replaced the injured Hostetler in a 27-0 Monday night loss at Denver Oct. 16, then led the Raiders to a 30-17 win over Indianapolis the next week, earning AFC offensive player of the week honors after completing 23 of 35 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns.

Pro Bowl wide receiver Tim Brown said the Raiders are confident with Evans.

"I don't think we've played against a better defense that Indianapolis," Brown said. "I don't have any problems with Vinny. He's a very inspirational guy. If we have to go the rest of the season and the playoffs with Vinny, we're confident we can get the job done."

Against Dallas, the Raiders got little done. Hostetler was knocked out of the game in the second quarter, and Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders all did their thing as the Cowboys raced to a 31-7 lead in the third quarter.

"This team does not react well to adversity, whether it's a missed field goal or a penalty or an interception," White said.

"If you feel sorry for yourself or dwell on what just happened, a team like Dallas just takes you apart."

Then there was a lack of discipline, with the Raiders committing 13 penalties for 113 yards.

"We're back trying to set penalty records again, I'm afraid," White said. "Some of them are the aggressive variety, which is part of football, but we're still making ignorant penalties and doing things at this time of the year that just show you that sometimes the scoreboard or the record doesn't mean a thing."

While the Raiders try to close within one game of Kansas City in the AFC West, the Chargers will try and end a slump of three straight losses and six defeats in their last seven games. They would need five straight wins just to get to 9-7, then hope that's good enough to get into the playoffs.

The Chargers will be without star running back Natrone Means for the third straight game due to a groin injury, and they'll be trying to fix a defense that has allowed a 100-yard rusher in three of the past four games.

"One thing we've got to do is get mad," linebacker Junior Seau said. "That's the thing we've got to get back and we're going to start Monday.

"We've just got to go in there and get some respect back."