LA Chargers: Getting to know the Las Vegas Raiders
By Devon Auriemma
Raiders’ recent performances:
The Raiders come into this matchup with a 4-3 record which puts them in second place in the division, behind the Chiefs. Over their last four games, the Raiders have gone 2-2 beating the Chiefs and the Browns, while losing to the Bills and Buccaneers.
In Week 4, the Buffalo Bills defeated the Raiders 30-23. It was a close game throughout, but the Bills scored two quick touchdowns in the fourth quarter and the Raiders were unable to overcome the deficit. Derek Carr threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns. Darren Waller led the way with nine catches for 88 yards, while Nelson Agholor and Jason Witten both had a receiving touchdown.
Their Week 5 matchup with the Chiefs was a shootout. The Raiders became the only team able to defeat the defending champs with a 40-32 win. Both teams combined for over 900 yards and 72 points on the day. Carr had 347 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs had two catches for 118 yards and a score, while Agholor and Waller also caught touchdown passes. Josh Jacobs added two touchdowns on the ground to help the Raiders knock off the Chiefs.
The Buccaneers beat the Raiders 45-20 in Week 7. This game was very close until the fourth quarter. The Bucs were able to outscore the Raiders by 18 points in the quarter, led by Tom Brady’s 369 yards and four touchdowns.
The Raiders’ run game was unable to produce against one of the league’s top run defenses and they were no match for Brady in the final quarter.
The Raiders picked up their fourth win of the season this past week against the Browns with a 16-6 victory. It was a very low scoring game as both teams totaled just over 500 yards and only 22 points.
Josh Jacobs led the Raiders as he carried the ball 31 times for 128 yards. The Raiders come into the meeting with the Chargers with a 4-3 record through seven games.