Raiders Offense Falters in Loss to Chargers

Wow. Four weeks ago I never would have expected this team to be in this position. The San Diego Chargers rolled into the Bay today, to beat the Raiders 17-16. With the loss, Oakland falls to 2-4, and last in the AFC West.

Derek Carr had a very mediocre game in his return. He went 21/30, with 171 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions, including an interception on his first throw back. It was a miscommunication between him and Michael Crabtree, but he threw the ball very early, and gave Trevor Williams the easiest INT of his life. He would connect with Crabtree later on a 23-yard touchdown, but the duo wasn’t clicking today.

Early in the second quarter Melvin Gordon, who was unstoppable today, leaped over the goal line to tie the game. The Raiders would score again on a Giorgio Tavecchio field goal before the half, to lead 10-7.

The third quarter was scoreless, but the fourth quarter did not disappoint. Melvin Gordon scored again with 5 minutes left, to make it 14-10 Chargers, and the coliseum filled with anxiety and doubt, unlike the custom excitement and optimism. That excitement returned moments later, with Cordarrelle Patterson scampering in for a 47 yard score.

Jon Condo then gave Marquette King a high snap, causing Tavecchio to miss the PAT wide left. That would prove to be very costly.

After getting the ball back, Phillip Rivers found Hunter Henry twice for massive gains, leading the Chargers into Oakland territory. Los Angeles proceeded to pound Melvin Gordon down the Raiders’ throats, and wore down the clock enough for Nick Novak to win the game as time expired.

The Positives

Amari Cooper looked much better today. The stat sheet won’t prove it, but don’t mind that. Cooper had 5 receptions for 28 yards, but Coop also had two big gains that were negated by penalties, including a fantastic catch on a underthrown pass.

Cordarrelle Patterson is looking like a real nice offseason addition right now. If there’s one thing Todd Downing is doing right, it’s his utilization of Patterson. He’s being used in ways the Vikings never did before, and it’s paying off.

The Negatives

Raiders fans can sure expect more aggressive, big play from Todd Downing”. Under the new Offensive Coordinator, this offense was supposed to reach its full potential. Instead, Derek Carr is throwing an ineffective quick screen to Michael Crabtree on 3rd and 7. I still believe in Downing, and I still think he can get the most out of Carr. It’s gotta happen quick though, we’re running out of time for this.

After hearing that Carr was expected to be out “2-6 weeks” Raider Nation was happily surprised to hear he was playing this week. It looks as if his back was too. On a poor, low snap from Rodney Hudson, Carr looked rather stiff as he tried to bend down and pick it up. One has to wonder if the fear of letting this season slip away is causing us to rush our franchise QB back.

What’s Next?

It’s a short week for the Raiders, as they stay home to play the Kansas City Chiefs. This is the definition of a must-win game. The Raiders can’t hope to make the playoffs if they fall to 2-5. It’s a home game, and the Coliseum is gonna need to be rockin’. These are tough times, but haven’t we been here before? It’s time for raiders fans to do what we do. Lets Go raiders.

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