The Oakland Raiders returned home to host the Los Angeles Chargers hoping to get their second win of the season.
It looked like it was going to be another slow start to the Raiders offense, but punter Johnny Townsend saw a weakness in the defense and ran a fake punt 43 yards to the left side to extend the drive. Derek Carr used the first down to go 80 yards with 13 plays and knock on the Chargers’ goal line. Facing a fourth and goal, head coach Jon Gruden elected to go for it but called a sweep and the ball carrier was stopped short to turn the ball over on downs.
Luckily for the Raiders, the defense stepped up by forcing a three and out to give the offense good field position after a Chargers punt. Carr would go 32 yards on eight plays this time, but have to settle for a field goal after tight end Jared Cook dropped a pass for a first down. Daniel Carlson hit the 46-yard field goal to give the Raiders the early 3-0 lead.
Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s squad would keep up the solid play, holding the Chargers scoreless through the first quarter. Problem for Gruden was his offense could not find the end zone. Their second-best chance came late in the quarter but Carr was sacked hard in the red zone by Melvin Ingram who forced the fumble and gave the Chargers the ball.
Chargers veteran quarterback Philip Rivers capitalized on the short field but Los Angeles was forced to settle for a field goal that tied the game.
The Raiders’ defense finally broke late in the first half when Rivers through an 11-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen, capping off an eight-play drive that went 86 yards. The Chargers would hold a 10-3 lead heading into halftime.
It didn’t take long for the Chargers to build on that lead, beating the Raiders defense on the opening drive of the third quarter with a 66-yard screen pass to Melvin Gordon III to make it 17-3 early in the second half.
The Raiders defense would bounce back on the Chargers’ next drive as safety Marcus Gilchrist out-leaped Allen for a jump ball to intercept it and give the Chargers just their eighth turnover on the year.
Unfortunately, the Raiders offense just couldn’t find any rhythm. Carr and his squad would only be able to tack on another field goal in the third quarter, putting them in a 17-6 deficit entering the final quarter of the game. The Chargers tacked on a field goal early in the fourth, to put the Raiders behind 20-6 with seven minutes left in the game.
Carr would get the offense moving some, going 60 yards on nine plays but the Chargers defense came up with a big play on fourth down to turn the ball over on downs.
The Chargers would run the remaining four minutes of the clock out, handing the Raiders their eighth loss on the season.
Gruden and his team will now head to Glendale to take on the Cardinals (2-7) next week.