Turnovers, Offensive Line Woes in Raiders 24-19 Loss to Chargers

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The Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers Week 1 matchup came down to the wire as the Chargers prevailed 24-19. Three interceptions, three fumbles, and five sacks allowed were too much to overcome for the Raiders as they drop to 0-1 to start the season.

Head coach Josh McDaniels said it doesn’t matter what type of turnovers there were when asked during his postgame press conference.

“You are just giving the other team extra opportunities to do something with the ball,” McDaniels said.

Both offenses had promising opening drives, but the defenses limited them to field goals. During the second drive, Raiders CB Nate Hobbs tackled Chargers QB Justin Herbert in what seemed like a clean play, but an unnecessary roughness penalty was called to keep the Chargers drive alive, which ended in a touchdown.

The Raiders offense stalled out in their next three drives with two punts and one interception. This interception by Raiders QB Derek Carr led to a touchdown drive by Herbert and the Chargers offense to end the second quarter.

Carr came back in the third quarter and led a methodical drive down the field. Carr connected with RB Brandon Bolden on a wheel route for a touchdown to inch the Raiders closer 17-10. The Chargers responded with their own scoring drive as Herbert hit TE Gerald Everett to increase their lead to 24-10. The Raiders drove down the field to set up K Daniel Carlson for a 55-yard field goal to cut the Chargers lead to 24-13.

Later, things got ugly for Carr and the offense, as he threw back to back interceptions to bring his total to three on the night, tying his career high.

Carr said he came with a very aggressive mindset heading into the game when talking about the turnovers.

“That’s on me, I got way too aggressive on certain moments,” Carr said.

The Raiders got a break as Chargers K Dustin Hopkins missed a 49-yard field goal, giving Carr another chance to cut into the Chargers lead. The Raiders offense drove down the field and Carr threw his second touchdown of the day, this time to his former college teammate WR Davante Adams. After a failed two-point conversation, the Raiders trailed 24-19 with about four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Chargers were attempting to run out the clock, when CB Nate Hobbs broke up a pass intended to Chargers WR Mike Williams. This gave the ball back to the Raiders offense with an opportunity to win the game.

The opportunity wasn’t taken advantage of, as the Chargers pass rush got home and forced a turnover on downs to ice the game. Despite having opportunities, the Raiders fell 24-19 in their season opener.

Key Performers

  • WR Davante Adams led the team with 10 receptions, 141 yards, and one touchdown
  • CB Nate Hobbs finished with nine total tackles, 2 TFLs, and one PD
  • P AJ Cole finished with two punts, averaging 53 yards per kick with one punt downed inside the 20.

The 0-1 Raiders host the Arizona Cardinals (0-1) at Allegiant Stadium for their home opener on Sep. 18.

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