It’s Week 10 of the NFL with the Raiders taking on the Los Angeles Chargers in Oakland. The Raiders received the ball first in this one, and they provided some excitement with a successful fake punt on their first 4th down of the game. Rookie punter Johnny Townsend trotted 42 yards on the play, the biggest play of their 13 play, 80 yard opening drive. Unfortunately they needed to get 81 yards and fell short of the end zone while going for it on 4th and goal from the 1.
Oakland’s defense forced a 3 and out after the turnover on downs and the Raiders got very favorable field position starting at the OAK 41 after the Chargers punt. They got down to the Chargers 39 but two straight dropped passes ended the Raiders drive there. They didn’t walk away empty handed this time though, they brought out Daniel Carlson for the 46 yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
Once again the Chargers offense went 3 and out so Oakland’s offense quickly found themselves back on the field again. Right off the bat they got 2 nice runs from Doug Martin and a key 3rd down reception from Martavis Bryant to get into Chargers territory. Everything was going good for Oakland until Derek Carr got lit up by LB Melvin Ingram on 3rd and 6 at the LA 21. Carr fumbled the ball on the jarring hit and DT Cory Liuget recovered the fumble and returned it to the Oakland 40. The Raiders defense did hold for a red zone stop though. The Chargers settled for a 27 yard field goal to tie the score at 3 but it was definitely a win for the Oakland defense.
Oakland’s offense didn’t win on their turn with the ball again though, they went 3 and out. They actually punted this time, a 57 yard yard beauty from Johnny Townsend with a holding penalty on the Chargers so LA started at their own 9. They got out of the bad field position quickly anyway with a 31 yard pass to Ty Williams followed by a 18 yard pass to Antonio Gates and a 15 yard run by Melvin Gordon. They scored a few plays later on a 11 yard TD pass to Keenan Allen to take the lead 10-3 with just 24 seconds left in the half.
Oakland kneeled out the remaining clock in the half so the Chargers led 10-3 at the half and then got the ball first in the 2nd half. It didn’t take them long to add to their lead, they scored on a 66 yard catch and run from Melvin Gordon. The 4 play, 77 yard drive only took 2:28 of clock and made the score 17-3 in what had been a 3-3 tie with just over 3 minutes left in the first half.
Derek Carr got sacked on 3rd down on the Raiders following drive for another quick 3 and out, though at least Johnny Townsend hit another good punt. This one went 51 yards and was fair caught at the LA 25. Even better, the Raiders finally got a turnover by intercepting a deep pass attempt from Philip Rivers. Marcus Gilchrist got the interception on the punt like, toss up 3rd down pass but it was still a big turnover to end the Chargers offensive momentum.
The two teams traded off punts (another good one from Townsend, this one 54 yards) after that on the next 2 drives. Then it was the Raiders that showed some signs of life, mostly thanks to Jared Cook. The big Raiders TE had a catch concert on a 3rd down play and then followed that up with a 31 yard reception down to LA 13. They’d settle for a 30 yard field goal to make the score 17-6 Chargers at the beginning of the 4th quarter.
Unfortunately the Chargers matched that with a field goal of their own on their next drive. They methodically took up over 7 minutes of clock on their 12 play drive that ended with a 41 yard field goal. The points hurt with the Chargers taking a 20-6 lead, but the 7 minutes off the clock might have hurt even more with it leaving the Raiders down 14 with 7 minutes remaining.
Oakland’s offense wasn’t giving up though, they quickly got into Chargers territory with a pair of big catches from Seth Roberts and one to Jalen Richard. That’s as far as they could get though, they eventually turned it over on downs when Carr seemed to not realize it was a 4th down play. He threw the ball into the dirt on a failed running back screen on 4th down, which also was a questionable play call considering it was 4th and 5 and the Raiders last real chance in the game.
Los Angeles ran the clock down to just over a minute left in the game before punting on 4th and 12. Oakland’s offense then ran the rest of the clock out. Game over, 20-6 Chargers.