AFC West Roundup Week 10: Raiders win on and off the field
Los Angeles Chargers
The season is a marathon as opposed to a sprint, so anything can happen with the rest of the season left to play. But Thursday night’s loss to a division rival may have just put the nail in the coffin for the Chargers’ season. At 4-6 Los Angeles is sitting in third place in the AFC West, already with two divisional losses to the Raiders and Broncos.
Thursday night’s result may have come down to the play at quarterback, and Derek Carr was by far the better of the two. Philip Rivers seemed erratic with this passes, and while some of his turnovers were caused by errors on his receivers (Hunter Henry slipping, for example) Rivers was clearly not at his best. If anything, he showed his age while being rattled by Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell.
Normally known for carving the Raiders’ defense over the years, Rivers’ two early interceptions likely stalled any momentum that the Chargers could have used early on in the first quarter. After an impressive win the week earlier, Los Angeles follows with a 24-26 dud.