Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers: 3 Surprises in Week 4
Raiders Offensive Weapons Struggles
The Raiders had come into the season as a top-ten offense, but had had some struggles throughout the first three games due to offensive line issues and running back injuries. That struggle continued on Monday as the Chargers’ defense dominated the Raiders’ offensive line and skill position players as well.
Bryan Edwards was a non factor in this game, Henry Ruggs had the lone explosive play for the Raiders when he and Carr connected on a 51-yard pass down the field, but also had a few drops to go along with it. Star tight end Darren Waller had only 50 yards in the game and got called for a taunting penalty, and Josh Jacobs and the other running backs struggled to get anything done.
The Chargers’ defense was fired up in this game and had only allowed one yard offensively in the first quarter, and 51 total in the first half before the Raiders were able to put up 94 in the third quarter alone. But that was too little too late as that Chargers defensive line made life hard for Derek Carr.
Toward the end of the game in the fourth quarter Carr forced a pass to Darren Waller which was intercepted by Derwin James to win the Chargers the game. The Raiders had faced three good defenses before this game but was still able to put up 30+ points in two out of three of them.
This was the lowest total points scored by the offense and it was the worst output of all of these offensive weapons so far this season. It doesn’t get any easier with another tough defense coming into town this Sunday.