At Los Angeles’
4:15 p.m. ET
74 degrees, clear
Key Decision #1: (LAC ball, leading 10-3 / second-and-6 OAK 44 / 2:48 Q2)
• The Chargers had recovered a Raiders fumble and were looking to add to their lead.
On second-and-6, the Raiders decided to blitz, and the Chargers caught them with a screen pass to RB Melvin Gordon for 34 yards; it was the perfect call, and the play led to a TD just before the half, giving the Chargers a 17-3 lead that was never threatened.
• This may have been the Chargers’ most complete game of the season as all three phases played well.
• The Chargers’ DL was far too active for the Raiders on this day as Raiders QB Derek Carr was under consistent pressure. The Chargers are the rare team that can get decent pressure rushing only four; on this day, they were too much for the Raiders.
• Offensively, the Raiders still seem to be searching for an identity. Do they want to run the offense through RB Marshawn Lynch? Do they want to be a vertical team through WRs Jordy Nelson and Amari Cooper and TE Jared Cook? Or do they want to play a quick game with short passes? Something just seems to be off with them on the offensive side, and the rhythm just isn’t there yet.