4:05 p.m. ET
66 degrees/ 8 mph wind / Bad air quality
• The Raiders ran a fake punt on their first possession of the game. Johnny Townsend scampered for a 42-yard gain. His run gave the home crowd a jolt and the Raiders a first down at the Chargers’ 21-yard line. They got as far as the 1 – leading to the next key decision:
Key Coaching Decision #2: (OAK ball, no score / fourth-and-goal, LAC 1 / 8:03 Q1)
• After gaining a first down after the Townsend fake punt, the Chargers defense stiffened at the goal line. The Raiders could have kicked a field goal and gone up 3-0 in what ended up being a low-scoring game. Instead, Jon Gruden chose to go for it. Derek Carr’s short pass to Dwayne Harris was stopped by the Chargers defense and the Chargers took over on downs.
Key Coaching Decision #3: (LAC ball, trailing 3-0 / fourth-and-1, OAK 14 / 7:50 Q2)
• Rather than kick a field goal to tie the game, the Chargers attempt a fourth-down conversion. They are successful when Melvin Gordon runs for a two-yard gain. The Chargers offense stalls with the new set of downs. They end up kicking a field goal to tie the contest. The Chargers narrowly escaped turning the ball over on downs and coming away with no points. Perhaps they didn’t want to try a longer field goal attempt with rookie kicker Mike Badgley, who had not kicked since Week 7.
Key Coaching Decision #4: (LAC ball, score tied 3-3 / first-and-10, LAC 9 / 3:29 Q2)
• The Chargers start a drive at their own 9-yard with two timeouts remaining. They gain yardage quickly with strikes to Tyrell Williams and Antonio Gates to get the ball past midfield before the two-minute warning. The Chargers score a touchdown with 24 seconds remaining in the half to take a 10-3 lead that they will not relinquish.
• Oakland wasted two timeouts early in the game. One on the first possession of the game at 10:45 of the first quarter and another early in the second quarter (14:13). They could have used their timeouts to stop the Chargers momentum at the end of the half and saved themselves time to be able to score at the end of the half.
• The Chargers’ four-minute offense at the end of the first was exceptional. Wide receiver Tyrell Williams continues to be one of the more explosive players in the game. He is tied for second with 19.1 yards per catch.
• The air quality was bad due to fires in the surrounding areas.
• The Chargers offense wasn’t great, and the Raiders defense played well at times, but the Chargers didn’t need to be perfect to win this game.
• Raiders QB Derek Carr continues to struggle. He gets preoccupied with the rush around him and doesn’t go through his progressions. He stops looking for receivers early and forces bad throws. On a fourth down late in the game, he seemed to throw the ball into the ground, rather than force a ball downfield in an attempt to make a play. He didn’t appear to know the game situation there, which is troubling for a fifth-year quarterback.