LA Chargers: Getting to know the Las Vegas Raiders

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(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

Raiders’ Recent Performances

The Raiders come into this matchup with a record of 7-6 and are just outside of the AFC playoff picture.

In Week 11, the Raiders lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 35-31. Derek Carr’s 275 passing yards and three touchdowns was not enough against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Carr and the Raiders took the lead late in the fourth quarter but left too much time for Mahomes and the Chiefs as they drove 75 yards in just over one minute to retake the lead.

Mahomes threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce each recorded over 100 yards and a touchdown, while Le’Veon Bell and Clyde Edwards-Helaire added three touchdowns on the ground combined.

The Raiders were dominated by the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12 as they lost 43-6. The Falcons defense recorded five sacks and forced Carr to turn it over four times including a 67-yard pick-six by Deion Jones. The Raiders were completely outplayed in this matchup. They committed 11 penalties, turned the ball over five times and only recorded 243 total yards of offense.

They got back on track against the New York Jets in Week 13 with a 31-28 win. The Jets had a great chance to pick up their first win of the season as they led the Raiders 28-24 with 35 seconds left in the game. Henry Ruggs showed off his speed as he separated himself from the Jets’ rookie cornerback with ease and caught the game-winning touchdown.

The Raiders dropped their sixth game of the season this past week against the Indianapolis Colts, losing 44-27. The Raiders had no answer for the Colts offense as Jonathan Taylor took 20 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns while T.Y. Hilton added two receiving touchdowns. The Raiders’ offense played well but their three turnovers was too much to overcome.