OAKLAND (AP) — Philip Rivers took almost 20 minutes to finish his first cross, the Los Angeles Chargers bought gashed on an extended pretend punt and the offense put up a season low in yards.
Regardless of a couple of hiccups alongside the best way, the Chargers nonetheless managed to drag off one other win for his or her longest profitable streak in 9 years.
Rivers overcame the sluggish begin to throw two landing passes, Melvin Gordon gained 165 yards and the Chargers gained their sixth straight recreation, 20-6 over the struggling Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
“You bought to win these video games,” Rivers mentioned. “Simply discover a technique to win them. It doesn’t matter. I don’t care how fairly they’re, I don’t care what the scores are, all these issues, third-down proportion. Sure, we acknowledge these and know now we have to enhance in these areas, however it’s simply discover a technique to win.”
Rivers discovered his stride in time to throw an 11-yard TD cross to Keenan Allen within the second quarter to present the Chargers (7-2) the lead for good and a 66-yarder to Gordon on the opening drive of the second half.
Los Angeles coasted from there towards the Raiders (1-8), who’ve misplaced 5 straight video games by not less than 14 factors underneath coach Jon Gruden and have been outscored 75-9 up to now 9 quarters in what has rapidly develop into a misplaced season.
“This will likely be a yr that lots of us will always remember,” Gruden mentioned. “It’s painful. It’s actually arduous. It’s painful. It’s going to be arduous to sleep once more, arduous to rise up within the morning.”
Oakland began rapidly by controlling the ball for 23 of 29 performs within the first quarter and outgaining the Chargers by 129 yards. However Los Angeles allowed little after Melvin Ingram pressured a fumble on a sack of Derek Carr early within the second quarter with the Raiders wanting so as to add to a 3-Zero lead.
Rivers responded to guide the Chargers to a discipline purpose after which engineered a 91-yard drive on the finish of the half that was capped by the throw to Allen within the entrance nook of the top zone.
Gordon, who had 93 yards speeding and 72 yards receiving, then put the sport away when he caught a brief cross from Rivers, broke a deal with by Gareon Conley, juked Reggie Nelson and raced in for the lengthy rating.
“I really feel like each time a participant will get the ball of their fingers they need to take it to the home,” Gordon mentioned. “It doesn’t all the time work out the way you suppose it would. Generally some issues occur with some assist and also you get sprung out down there.”
The Raiders missed alternatives to take an even bigger lead whereas outgaining the Chargers 135-6 within the first quarter. Dwayne Harris was stopped by Derwin James on a shovel cross on fourth-and-goal from the 1 to disclaim the perfect probability for Oakland. Los Angeles then scored 10 factors within the second quarter with a strip sack by Ingram denying Oakland a shot at a discipline purpose and establishing one for the Chargers. Rivers hit Allen for the TD with 24 seconds left within the half.
Raiders rookie punter Johnny Townsend pulled off a fake punt on the opening drive for a 42-yard run. That was longer than his common punt of 41.9 yards coming into the sport. Townsend then added his longest kick of the season with a 57-yarder within the second quarter. Townsend is the third participant because the 1970 merger with a run of not less than 40 yards and a punt of not less than 50 in the identical recreation, becoming a member of Cleveland’s Reggie Hodges, who did it for Cleveland in 2010, and Jeff Hayes for Washington in 1983.
“I utterly blacked out on the play,” Townsend mentioned. “I can’t even inform you what occurred throughout it. We ready all week and did an awesome job of seeing the look and reacting to it.”
The air high quality for the sport was at an unhealthy degree due to wildfires in Butte County, about 150 miles to the north. The Air High quality Index was at 159 at kickoff, which is within the unhealthy zone, and smoke could possibly be smelled all through the stadium. The NFL had monitored the scenario however the AQI by no means bought close to 200, the extent the place the sport would have wanted to be moved.
Chargers LB Denzel Perryman left the sport with a knee harm on the opening drive. … Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (knee) left the sport within the third quarter with an harm Gruden fears is critical.
Colts: Host the Broncos on Sunday.
Raiders: Go to the Cardinals on Sunday.
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