The Las Vegas Raiders made it interesting, but they couldn’t overcome a terrible first half as they lost a key AFC West game at SoFi Stadium on Monday night that was filled with Raiders’ fans.
Let’s take a quick look at the game:
Records: The Raiders are 3-1. The Chargers are 3-1.
What it means:
The Raiders, Chargers and Broncos are all tied for first place in the AFC West at 3-1 with the Kansas City Chiefs, who have won the division five straight times, are looking up at 2-2. The Arizona Cardinals are now the only 4-0 team in the NFL after the Raiders’ first loss.
The Raiders looked poised to tie the game at 21-21 in the fourth quarter after being down 21-0 at halftime. But a Derek Carr on third down and a 52-yard Daniel Carlson missed field goal, gave the Chargers the ball in good field position and they cruised down the field to take a 28-14 lead with 5:20 left. That put too much pressure on the Raiders.
Raiders cornerback Trayvon Mullen left the field on a cart in the first quarter with a foot injury. Backup running back Peyton Barber was also hurt his foot in the first quarter. Backup tight end Derek Carrier hurt his pectoral in the second quarter, while cornerback Damon Arnette also went down in the second quarter with a groin injury. Cornerback Casey Hayward went out in the second quarter, and cornerback Nate Hobbs had a possible concussion in the fourth quarter. Yes, it was a tough night for the Raiders’ corners.
The Raiders host the 2-2 Chicago Bears on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:05 p.m. PT.