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Raiders/Chargers: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

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Who was spicy and who was sour in today's game in Oakland?

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Wew lads, what a win that was in Oakland today! As usual, the Raiders fought hard in the second half against tall odds and yet again the Chargers completely squandered a great opportunity to pick up a victory. We'll take any win we can get in our quest to dethrone the Broncos from the head of the AFC West.

So who are today's winners and losers? Let's find out.


1) Derek Carr

Carr had a rough first half, and was unable to get the Raiders into the end zone. However, he came alive in the second half and finished the game with 317 yards and two touchdown passes as well as a two-point conversion pass. "Christian Stabler" is one of the best comeback leaders in football today and will probably go down in history as one of the best of all time. There's certainly no quarterback I'd rather have if my team were trailing in the second half.

2) Joey Bosa

Welcome to the NFL, rook. Now explain to me again why the Chargers didn't want to pay you? What a bunch of buffoons they are. Bosa was unquestionably the best player on the San Diego defense and looks like he'll be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. He showed the same toughness and athleticism that was on display at Ohio Steak, showing little sign of any rust from his long layoff.

3) Amari Cooper

Touchdown Raiders! Cooper caught his first touchdown of the season today on a long pass where he burned the poor corner attempting to cover him. The Raiders were absolutely forcing the ball to Cooper today, but it sure paid off in the end for them and for me, an Amari Cooper fantasy owner. Hopefully this will jump-start Cooper's season, because we're going to need more of this.

4) Cardiologists in the Bay Area

If the Raiders are going to keep doing this, we're all going to need open-heart surgery. Health care premiums are going to go through the roof.


1) Philip Rivers

In a normal case, I'd say that Rivers was let down by the team around him, and to an extent that is true, but Rivers threw two interceptions that killed promising drives and left a lot of points on the table. Desperation and having nothing to lose will breed a cavalier attitude, and sometimes bad things happen. They did today.

2) Melvin Gordon

It's almost sad to see, after Gordon had such a great game and showed off his skills and speed, he fumbled (again) on a key late-game drive and cost the Chargers the game. It's just another example of a team with a ton of talent but is extremely error-prone.

3) Mike McCoy

He's a loser not really because of any bad decisions he made, but because he's going to be blamed for this loss when he really didn't do anything wrong. This game and the Broncos game were supposed to determine McCoy's future and there's a strong chance he will drop them both, as the Broncos are sure to play with intensity after today's defeat at the hands of the Falcons.

4) People who want the Chargers in San Diego

Chargers fans have to have given up hope after this game. There's very little chance the upcoming stadium vote goes well for them. The odds were bad before, but who would vote to give away a bunch of money to a team that does nothing but rip defeat from the jaws of victory? So long, suckers.