This week’s turning point play of the game is Melvin Gordon’s 66-yard touchdown catch and run to lead off the third quarter. The touchdown brought the score to 17-3 and was a back breaking moment for the defense especially when for the most part they did enough to put the team in a position to win.
After scoring a touchdown in their final possession of the first half, the Chargers received the ball to start the second half and scored again.
“They doubled on us again, we have been doubled up way too many times when opponents score on the last possession of the first half and the opening possession of the second half,” said Jon Gruden. “It is a lot for us to overcome right now, when we want to become one dimensional.”
The Raiders were bringing the house on the play, leaving the secondary in man-to-man coverage. Rivers the savvy veteran quarterback that he is recognized the pressure and quickly got the ball out to his running back in the flat.
Gordon did the rest, breaking a Gareon Conley tackle and making Reggie Nelson look like a fool with a great juke move on his way to the end zone.
Coaches have been critical of Conley’s tackling ability. This will not help. pic.twitter.com/OQxjvxVOW3— Evan Groat (@Egroat5) November 13, 2018
The Raiders defense has been susceptible to big plays all year. Missed tackles and missed assignments have been a major cause.
The coaching staff has questioned Conley’s ability to tackle but in this case, Gruden had some words of encouragement for his young cornerback.
“We had a man that was in coverage who didn’t peal off and cover him. It put Conley in a tough spot,” said Gruden. “Conley was covering his guy. We tried to read out of our coverage and make a tackle in the open air against Melvin Gordon is a hard thing to do. We had an error on that play and it cost us,”