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- This was a game between two teams struggling to stay within reach of the AFC West leader, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Oakland Raiders were coming into the game on a three-game losing streak, while the Chargers were looking for a second straight road victory.
- Game preparation might have been more difficult this week for the Raiders as local fires impacted air quality and forced the team to shorten practice during the week.
- The Raiders offense continued to struggle, even with the return of Raiders starting quarterback, Derek Carr. The Raiders are having a hard time getting the ball downfield, and to WR Amari Cooper and WR Jared Cook. In order to spark the offense, the Raiders are trying different things, including running the ball with wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. They fed RB Marshawn Lynch and the other backs early in this game, but there was a lack of diversity in the use of personnel in the passing game.
- This week, the Chargers had Philip Rivers under center and taking the ball directly from the center much more frequently than they had before. When the Chargers went under center, they would run the ball more. By contrast, the Chargers made sure to get more of their play makers involved in the passing game and deep downfield. Running back Melvin Gordon hauled in nine catches. TE Hunter Henry had six catches for 90 yards.
- The Chargers pass rush excelled against the New York Giants a week ago, but the Raiders limited the Chargers opportunities to disrupt as the Raiders were getting rid of the ball quickly and employing shorter QB drops when throwing the ball.
- Coaching Decisions of Note:
- With 55 seconds remaining in the 1st quarter and down 7-0 at the Oakland 34-yard line, the Chargers facing a 4th and 3, attempt a fourth down conversion as opposed to attempting a long field goal in a game that had no wind in play.
- Jack Del Rio has developed a reputation for taking chances in games. Yesterday, the Raiders turned the ball over on downs three seconds into the 4th Quarter on 4th and 2, and up 10-7. The Chargers having taken momentum, went 59 yards in 10 plays to go ahead.
- ZONE DEFENSE: The Chargers took advantage of the Raiders playing a soft zone defense and went on a four minute, eight second drive that began at their own eight yard line to win the game. Philip Rivers connected on two long passes (34 and 23 yards) with tight end Hunter Henry, and five straight runs by Melvin Gordon and two kneel-downs allowed the Chargers to: (1) move the ball to the Raiders 14-yard line, (2) force the Raiders to use their timeouts and to (3) run down the clock. This was head coach Anthony Lynn’s best coaching performance thus far. These were the types of drives that plagued Raiders assistant head coach/defensive assistant John Pagano when he was the defensive coordinator for the Chargers.