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FSM Essential Recap – Las Vegas Raiders vs LA Chargers- Week 4 -2023

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The Raiders traveled to Los Angeles, grappled with injuries and self-inflicted errors all game, ultimately succumbing to the Chargers by a score of 24-17.

The Las Vegas Raiders took on the LA Chargers on Sunday!

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On Sunday afternoon, the Raiders looked to put a week’s worth of drama behind them when they took on the Los Angeles Chargers. 

On Saturday, the Raiders released defensive end Chandler Jones with cause for being arrested earlier in the week. That put an end to a tumultuous few weeks with Jones. During that time, he made damning accusations about Mark Davis, Josh McDaniels, and other players on the Raiders.

Raider Nation was also looking forward to rookie quarterback Aiden O’Connell getting his first NFL start in place of Jimmy Garoppolo, who is still in concussion protocol. AOC became an instant fan favorite with his play in the preseason and has some fans believing he is the long-term solution and future starting quarterback for the Silver and Black. 

So when Las Vegas took the field at Sofi Stadium, the Raiders were ready to get back to work and bounce back from a tough loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday night. The Chargers had their own bit of drama throughout the week, with the injury bug hitting their team as they were without Joey Bosa, Derwin James, and Austin Ekeler.

Over the last 2+ years, when the Raiders and Chargers have met seven times in total, six of those games were one-score games. On Sunday afternoon, it was no different. 

Las Vegas Raiders vs LA Chargers was a tough Week 4 NFL matchup. 

The Raiders had their opportunities all game but kept getting in their own way.

Las Vegas Raiders vs LA Chargers was an AFC West battle.

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The Chargers got going early and scored on their first possession. On their first drive, Los Angeles went nine plays and 81 yards, which accumulated in a 12-yard touchdown run from Justin Herbert. But on the Raider 2nd drive, Aidan O’Connell led the Silver and Black on a nine-play, 86-yard drive as he scored his first NFL touchdown with a 1-yard run.

The game was tied at seven apiece.

Former Raider Khalil Mack had a dominant performance against his former team. He had four first-half sacks and was wreaking havoc on the Raiders offensive line all game long. He alone made it difficult for the rookie to get comfortable in the pocket.

The Chargers kicked the field goal to take a 10–7 lead, and they followed that up when Justin Herbert hit Keenan Allen for a 7-yard touchdown to make the score 17–7 Los Angeles. In the second quarter, Herbert once again scored on a run, this time from a yard out to give LA a 24–7 lead heading into halftime.

In the third quarter, it seemed like O’Connell settled in. He led the Raiders offense on the six-play, 35-yard drive that copulated in a Daniel Carlson 22-yard field goal. With the Raiders now trailing 24–10, O’Connell again led a drive that ended in a score. This time, it was a Josh Jacobs 1-yard touchdown run to make it a one-score game, 24–17.

Late in the fourth quarter, O’Connell was finding success with his All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams. Adams, who left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury only to return before the first half ended, made a tremendous catch to bring the writers inside the Chargers’ 5-yard line. 

But on the next play, O’Connell was picked off by Asanti Samuel Jr. when he tried to find Jakobi Myers on an out route in the end zone. The Chargers were able to run out the clock and in the game with a 24–17 win.

 

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Khalil Mack finished the game with a career-high six sacks, just one off of former Kansas City Chiefs Derrick Thomas’s NFL record of 7 sacks in a game. Adams finished the day with eight catches for 75 yards, and Maxx Crosby had his best game of the year, finishing with eight tackles and two sacks.

Once again, the Raiders lost a tough game, one that they felt they should’ve won. It was obvious that the players are starting to get frustrated losing close games.

We got a pretty talented roster, so it’s frustrating to be in these games and obviously not be able to finish them.Davante Adams told reporters after the game.

When asked about the responsibility that is falling on the shoulders of himself, Maxx Crosby, and Josh Jacobs,  Adams had this to say after the game. “That’s my job. My job is to be the one that – that’s why I get paid the way that I do to go and score touchdowns…It’s about everybody doing their part.”

I’m tired of losing, just keep it 100, I’m tired of f*cking losing,Josh Jacobs said. “5-6 plays, you do them right, the difference in the outcome of the game, but at the same time, you’re tired of saying 5-6 plays…it’s just time to do that sh*t.

O’Connell was a bright spot for the Raiders. “You know, for his first outing, it was obviously not the way he would have drawn it up, but he did good in my eyes,” Adams said of the rookie quarterback.

The final score was 24-17, the LA Chargers over the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Raiders will take on the Green Bay Packers on Monday, October 9th at Allegiant Stadium. The kickoff is scheduled for 5:15, and the game can be seen on ESPN.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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