Here it is, the final Thursday Night Football game in Oakland. A divisional match-up between the (4-4) Oakland Raiders, and the (4-5) Los Angeles Chargers, the winner holds 2nd place in the AFC West and pulls to within 1 win of the Kansas City Chiefs atop the division. Philip Rivers and the Chargers can sympathise with the Raiders fans as they too were recently relocated. That being said they certainly aren’t inclined to go easy on the Raiders as this would be a battle in the Black Hole.
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It would be the home team Raiders who’d strike first with a field goal. Daniel Carlson would knock through a 40 yard field goal to give Oakland an early 3-0 lead. Not content with the small gap, Oakland would add a touchdown to their score before end of the first quarter. This would come from the Raider defence as Erik Harris would get a pick-6 and give Oakland a 10-0 lead after the 1st quarter. The 2nd quarter would be much kinder to the Chargers as they’d cut the gap back to 3 with a touchdown of their own. Rivers would feed a 2 yard strike to Hunter Henry making it a 10-7 Raiders lead. The Chargers weren’t done there either as they would add another touchdown on their next drive. This would be a run by Melvin Gordon for 3 yards and the major giving Los Angeles a 14-10 lead. Oakland wouldn’t allow their home crowd to wallow in their grief at halftime so they’d score a touchdown before hand. Derek Carr would find Alec Ingold in the end-zone for a 9 yard touchdown to close out the half with Oakland up 17-14.
The 2nd half had less scoring than the 1st, but the teams were very evenly trading scores. The Raiders would open the scoring in the second half as they did in the 1st, with a field goal. Carlson would knock home a 22 yard attempt increasing the Oakland lead to 20-14. After the Raiders missed a follow up field goal, the Chargers would get one of their own. Michael Badgley would convert on a 27 yard attempt making the Oakland lead 20-17. The gap would remain 3 until the 4th quarter where Los Angeles would re-take the lead with a touchdown. Rivers would find Austin Ekeler for a 6 yard touchdown pass giving the Chargers a 24-20 lead. Undeterred by the setback, the Raiders would answer back on the very next drive. This time the ground attack would get on the board as Joshua Jacobs would scamper 18 yards and re-take the Oakland lead. They would miss the extra point so the lead would be only 2 at 26-24. Unfortunately for Los Angeles they were unable to get into field goal range so the Raiders would win the game by a 26-24 final score. With that win the Raiders sit alone at 2nd in the division at 5-4 whereas the Chargers fall to 3rd at 4-6.
Now it’s time for the notable stats of the game for fantasy players out there. Starting with the quarterbacks of this contest, neither of which will be highlighting anyone’s pool. Derek Carr went 21/31 for 218 yards and 1 touchdown. Rivers had a troubling game going 17/31 for 207 yards, he had 2 touchdowns but also had 3 interceptions. Joshua Jacobs had a solid outing on the ground getting 71 yards and 1 touchdown on 16 carries. Melvin Gordon also had a good day running the ball as he notched 108 yards and 1 touchdown on 22 carries. In the receiving core the top Raider was Jalen Richard who had 4 catches for 43 yards. On the Chargers side Keenan Allen had 68 yards on 8 catches. The kickers were almost perfect as Daniel Carlson went 2/3, and Michael Badgley went 1/1. Finally the Oakland defence forced 4 turnovers to the Chargers 0.
Next Thursday Night game is going to feature the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Cleveland Browns, but until then stay tuned for the recap on the Sunday games and Monday Night Football on AthleticWire.