Oakland, CA – Division games are always important and before the Raiders take on the Kansas City Chiefs this Thursday night, they must face the reality of where they are now. Oakland lost their fourth straight game today. With all the pieces in the right place, this team seems to be heading in the wrong direction.
Derek Carr returned from a back injury off sync with the offense. The Raiders 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers might be the worst this season. Now in a last place tie (2-4) with the Chargers in the AFC West, it helped that both the Chiefs and Denver Broncos lost this week.
“I believe you get what you earn,” said head coach Jack Del Rio. “That’s what we’ve earned so far.”
Carr was off target on many of his passes, yet he returned after missing last weeks game. Unfortunately, he turned the ball over in the first series. Carr threw an interception on a pass that was intended for Michael Crabtree but landed in the hands of Trevor Williams.
From there, the Chargers were dominated by Oakland’s defense, something we haven’t seen in the last three weeks. Philip Rivers and his offense were forced to kick a field goal. Nick Novak attempted a 48-yard field goal but missed giving the ball back to the Raiders.
“We’re very close,” tackle Donald Penn said. “We’re very close, but we’ve been saying that for the last couple of weeks. Close ain’t getting us nowhere, but these [four] losses we have right now. We have to get over that “close” hump. We have to find a way.”
Oakland went back to their running game with Lynch is at the helm. Carr then connected with Crabtree for a 23-yard pass for the touchdown. But a false start by Penn led to the sellout crowd chanting “refs you suck!” By the second Carr fumbled and it was recovered by Joey Bosa.
At the two minute warning Rivers made a complete pass to Hunter Henry for 5 yards. Now 4th and one at the goal line, Melvin Gordon leaped over his defenders for the 1-yard touchdown. The Chargers tied the game 7-7 with 1:44 left in half. The Raiders weren’t able to score but Giorgio Tavecchio kicked a 44-yard field goal making it a 10-7 game to end the half.
“Anytime it has anything to do with the coach, they’re always going to take all the blame. But, the players are mine,” Carr said. “Those are my guys. I’m responsible for everything. At the end of the day, we’re out there on the field. I feel like I can do something better. I can say it better, I can explain it better. There’s something missing, I’ll figure it out.”
The third quarter went scoreless by both teams. By the fourth Rivers found his niche, and connected with Gordon for a 6-yard touchdown extending the Chargers lead 14-10. Gordon record his second touchdown of the day. But then Patterson rushed for a 47-yard touchdown to put Oakland back on top but Tavecchio’s extra point was no good giving the Raiders a 2 point lead.
Rivers is not the quarterback to under estimate late in the fourth. By the two-minute warning, the Chargers went with Gordon for 4 carries for 16 yards before Rivers took a knee to run the clock out. Novak then kicked a 32-yard field goal to win the game.
“I’m frustrated, and not in a bad way,” said Carr. “I’m not changing anything I do. I know how to work, I know how to study, I know how to play this game. Everyone has talent, it just comes down to everyone locking in every detail of this offense.
Notes – RAIDERS DONATE $1 MILLION FOR NORTH BAY FIRE RELIEF AND RECOVERY
“Everyone in the Bay Area has been affected by the devastating fires in the North Bay. Many lives and thousands of homes have been lost during this tragedy. The Raider Nation salutes the first responders who heroically have been battling the flames and providing relief throughout the region. Santa Rosa and Napa have served as the Raiders’ summer home for over 40 years. During that time we have built long lasting relationships with the people and businesses of those communities. In this time of need.. we will be there for you.. as you have been there for us..”
The Oakland Raiders’ pledge of $1 million to the relief and recovery efforts will be facilitated by American Red Cross and fans who would like to contribute can do so via the Raiders-specific microsite at www.redcross.org/raiders-pub.
Firefighters from across California and neighboring states are working feverishly to contain the fires that have resulted in multiple casualties and destroyed thousands of structures. The North Bay fires, which started on Sunday, October 8th, are some of the most destructive wildfires in California history.
Join the Raiders in the commitment to provide help to those affected by this disaster by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Please visit www.redcross.org/raiders-pub.