Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers: 5 takeaways from Week 5
By Brad Weiss
The Oakland Raiders had their worst loss of the 2018 season on Sunday, and here are five takeaways from the 26-10 defeat.
The Oakland Raiders looked disinterested in playing football on Sunday, despite the fact they were playing division rival Los Angeles. Playing a road game in front of mostly Raiders fans, the Silver and Black put up a big dud in the biggest game of the season so far, and are now staring down the barrel of finishing last in the AFC West.
Oakland kept it close for most of the first half, as the two teams were tied up a 3-3 with a little over four minutes left before halftime. However, the Chargers scored twice in a matter of two minutes, putting a gap between the two teams that the Raiders were never able to overcome.
While no season is officially dead after five weeks, the Raiders need to get their stuff together if they are going to turn this thing around. They have some very winnable games on the horizon, including matchups with the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, and San Francisco 49ers, all of which are having bad seasons of their own.
In fact, three of their next five opponents are also sitting at 1-4, and only the Chargers, who they play again on November 11, have a winning record. If they cannot get it right over the next couple of weeks, it is going to be a long season in the Bay.
Here are five takeaways from Sunday’s loss.