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FSM Recap: Raiders vs Chargers – Game 14 – 2023

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Las Vegas Raiders (6-8) | Los Angeles Chargers (5-9)

 

The Raiders vs Chargers was a game that Raider Nation will not forget. The Silver and Black scored a team-record 63 points against Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football en route to a dominating 63-21 win.

It was the Raiders vs Chargers on Thursday.

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The Raiders took on the Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on Thursday Night Football. Coming off a week the Raiders were shut out, and against a Los Angeles team whose coach’s job is on the line, you didn’t know what to expect. One thing for sure was not one person thought that the Raiders would score a team-record 63 points, including leading 42-0 at the half.

The Raiders’ interim head coach, Antonio Pierce, told his players to keep their foot on the gas and finish the job. He didn’t want to give the Chargers any hope of a comeback. His team listened to him as they continued their domination of Los Angeles in the second half, and it may have cost Brandon Staley his job as their head coach.

Heading into the game, Las Vegas was tied for the second-fewest passing touchdowns (11) and most interceptions thrown (18) in the league.

So, heading into the week, Coach Pierce wanted to see his offense get going, and that meant stretching the field a bit more. “Yeah, that’s something we’ve talked about each and every week since I’ve been here. I think I said that: run the ball, play action, take shots. Got to call it, got to throw it, got to execute it. And that’s going to be continued as long as I’m here. We’ll talk about it, and hopefully, it shows up on game day.

From the start, this game was going the Raiders’ way, as the Chargers did not seem to have any answers for Raider Nation. With three minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Raiders already had a 21-0 lead, and the game was essentially over.

We talked about just having a short-term memory. I’m going to reference what Davante [Adams] said last week, we were on the wrong side of history. Well, we’re on the right side now. And that’s the way we want to be. But it’s like anything, turnovers, points, they always come in bunches, and for us it became a frenzy, right?Pierce said after the game.

You saw it on defense. You saw it on offense. Special teams jumped in it. Just look at the sideline. I think if you’re going to watch the game, if you didn’t see it, you can just hear it. There was a lot of energy down there by those guys. Hats off to our team, they responded four days after what just happened here previously.

For the Chargers, the question is, will they keep Staley as their head coach? When asked after the game, he said, “I don’t know that.” When asked if he thought he should be, Staley replied, “Yes.”

NFL history was made on Thursday night. The on-field and replay crew was comprised of all African Americans for the first time in league history. Also, a crew had three women on it for the first time.

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Raiders vs Chargers – 1st Quarter:

It was the start of the Raiders vs Chargers first quarter. 

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The Raiders kicked off to the Chargers to start the game, and the Raiders defense came out on fire. The Las Vegas defense forced an LA punt, which gave Aidan O’Connell and the Raiders offense their first crack at scoring. The Silver and Black didn’t disappoint, as they scored on their first possession. Zamir White scored the Raiders’ first TD, giving them a 7-0 lead. 

Malcolm Koonce had a big strip sack of Chargers quarterback Easton Stick in the first quarter. Rookie Tyree Wilson recovered the ball, and a couple of plays later, Jokobi Meyers made a great diving catch for a touchdown and gave the Raiders a 14-0 lead. Aidan O’Connell hit Tre Tucker for another score, giving Las Vegas a 21-0 lead.

The Raiders looked like a completely different team than the team that played Minnesota on Sunday.

It was the end of the Raiders vs Chargers first quarter. 

Raiders vs Chargers – 2nd Quarter:

The start of the Raiders vs Chargers second quarter. 

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The Raiders’ onslaught didn’t stop after the first quarter; it only got more intense, and the Chargers didn’t stand a chance.

Each team punted on the first two possessions of the second quarter. But after the Raiders recovered another fumble, this time after they punted the ball, they were set up to score once again.

It took just three plays for Aidan O’Connell to hit rookie tight end Michael Mayer for an 11-yard touchdown, giving the Raiders a 28–0 lead. On their next possession, the Raiders went on a 7-play, 65-yard drive that was capped off when Branden Bolden ran off the left side of the line to score another touchdown, this time from 26 yards out.

The Raiders forced the Chargers to turn the ball over on downs with one minute 54 seconds remaining in the first half. It took the Raiders just one minute and 25 seconds to score. This time, the drive was seven plays and 49 yards, as Tre Tucker caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from O’Connell.

The Raiders led 42–0 at the end of the first half. 

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Raiders vs Chargers – 3rd Quarter:

It was the start of the Raiders vs Chargers third quarter. 

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The Raiders opened up the second half with yet another scoring drive; this time, it took 11 plays to go 60 yards. Davante Adams caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Meyers to make it a 49–0 Raiders lead. 

They gotta let me drop back next time,” Meyers said after the game, talking about his touchdown pass. Meyers is the first Raider since Marcus Allen to have a receiving and passing touchdown in the same game.

The Chargers finally got on the board as Stick hit Palmer for a 79-yard touchdown pass. Each team punted it with their next possessions. But once again, the Raiders defense stepped up. Koonce had another strip-sack and defensive tackle John Jenkins scooped the ball up and scored to make it 56-7, Las Vegas.

It was the end of the Raiders vs Chargers third quarter. 

Raiders vs Chargers – 4th Quarter:

The start of the Raiders vs Chargers fourth quarter. 

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The Raiders defense once again made a huge play. Stick dropped back to pass on third down, and Jack Jones read the play and jumped the route. Jones intercepted the ball and returned it—16 yards for a touchdown. The former USC and Arizona State star celebrated with the Black Hole to the joy of Raider Nation

“He’s damn near a father figure from high school to now. He’s a very big piece of my life,” Jack Jones told Levi Edwards after the game when talking about his relationship with Raiders interim Head Coach Antonio Pierce.

On the Chargers next possession, they drove 13 plays and 75 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders punted the ball, and once again, the Chargers scored. This time, it was a 12-play drive spanning 50 yards. 

That did it for all the scoring, but the Raiders had done enough damage, not only potentially getting the Chargers head coach fired, but also putting themselves in a position to compete for an AFC Wild Card playoff spot. 

The Raiders dominated and embarrassed the Chargers en route to a 63-21 win.

The Raiders scored 63 points, the most in a single game in franchise history, surpassing their previous record of 59 points in Week 7 of 2010 at Denver (W, 59-14).

Adams led the team with eight receptions for 101 yards and 1 TD. Koonce finished with three tackles, 2.0 sacks, three quarterback hits, and two forced fumbles.

Maxx Crosby finished the game with four tackles (two solo), one tackle for loss, and two quarterback hits. Crosby now has 80 total tackles in 2023, the most in the NFL among defensive linemen. His 80 tackles have now passed his previous record (78 in 2022) for the most tackles by a defensive lineman in the first 14 games of a single season in Raiders history.

 

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The Raiders to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs on Monday, December 25th. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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