This one was bad from the very beginning. The Raiders got the ball first at their own 22-yard line. Then on the first play, the snap was fumbled and the Chargers recovered. On the second play of the series - the third of the game - Philip Rivers went to Malcom Floyd up the right sideline for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead not even a minute into the game.
It only got slightly better on the next series. It started with two Darren McFadden rushes for two yards. Tack on a delay of game penalty and it was third and 13. Derek Carr connected with Kenbrell Thompkins short of the sticks and the Raiders had to punt.
After a strong defensive stand by the Raiders ending with Khalil Mack and Antonio Smith pressuring Philip Rivers into an incompletion, the Raiders got the ball back. On their ensuing possession, they drove into scoring position on a 33-yard pass from Derek Carr to Mychal Rivera that set them up at the San Diego 27-yard-line. But after a botched inside pitch, they would settle for a field goal.
The two teams would head into the second quarter with the Chargers driving at the Oakland 44-yard line. The Chargers drive would stop there but Mike Scifres again pinned the Raiders in the shadow of their own goal line with a fantastic punt.
The Raiders answered with a three-and-out and another punt out of the back of their own endzone. The field position battle was being won by the Chargers who would again get in Oakland territory on one play and again were positioned at the 44-yard line.
After another three and out, the Chargers again would set up in first down at the Oakland 44-yard line. This time they were able to keep moving the ball and drove into scoring position. That's where the Raiders defense stiffened to hold the Chargers to a field goal and a 10-3 lead with just over four minutes left in the half.
The score would remain 10-3 heading into halftime after a Chargers drive in the waning seconds that ended with a missed 48-yard field goal from Nick Novak.
Some of the stats for the first half for the Raiders were quite cringe-worthy. They had 15 yards on the ground on ten carries with a total of 90 yards of offense. The one touchdown came off the turnover on the first play of the game. 44 of Derek Carr's 75 passing yards came on the one drive that resulted in their field goal. They are also 0-3 on third down including a run for no gain on third and one.
And yet it was still a one score game. Not a good look for either team. And it may actually say more about the Chargers than it does the Raiders.
The second half for the Raiders featured another three and out with a net loss on the series. The Chargers then drove into field goal range again, this time Novak hits a 52-yard field goal to take a 13-3 lead.
The Raiders would again start their drive inside their 10-yard line after a holding penalty on the return attempt. And again, it was a net loss on the possession and a punt.
After another defensive stand it was another coffin corner punt by Mike Scifres to put the Raiders drive start at the 2-yard line. This time the Raiders were finally able to move the ball. After a first down, they handed the ball to Latavius Murray on two-straight plays and he picked up 37 yards on runs of 14 and 23 yards. Unfortunately the drive stopped there and it was another punt. But this time the tables were turned, with Marquette King's punt downed by Chimdi Chekwa at the 1-yard line. The Chargers were able to get a first down but no more and were forced to punt.
The Raiders were again unable to mount a drive and punted back to the Chargers. That possession ended with Khalil Mack getting the first sack of his NFL career.
The Raiders got the ball back with good field position at the 45-yard-line and drove for a field goal to pull back within a score at 13-6 with just over four minutes left to play. They would need to stop the Chargers to have a chance to tie it up.
After a sack on first down, the Raiders offense would need to go 97 yards in :39 seconds. They ended up in fourth and nine and Derek Carr connected with James Jones for a 28-yard reception. The game ended on that play with a Hail Mary attempt falling incomplete. And the Raiders lose to the Chargers 13-6.
The Raiders have nowreach 0-10 on the season and 0-16 dating back to last season.
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