On the first snap from scrimmage, center Stefen Wisniewski snapped the ball when Derek Carr was looking to adjust the offense and the ball bounced off of his stomach and right to the Chargers defense.
Just two plays later, Phillip Rivers through a strike to wide receiver Malcolm Floyd for the touchdown over rookie cornerback TJ Carrie.
Carr and the Raiders were able to get the offense moving a couple of drives later when the young quarterback found Andre Holmes on a slant route for a big third-down conversion. He then found tight end Mychal Rivera for 33-yard completion, but the drive stalled when a shovel pass hit offensive lineman Khalif Barnes. The Raiders did get a 42-yard field goal to make the score 7-3.
They wouldn’t be able to find the same success for much of the rest of the first half, going three-and-out on their next three drives. Luckily for the Raiders, the Chargers struggled to get their offense going as well.
Eventually the Chargers won the field-position battle and were able to take advantage of a gassed Raiders defense by driving down the field. The defense in the Silver & Black did step up, holding the Chargers to a field goal to limit the damage and make the score 10-3.
The Raiders finally got another first down with just under four minutes remaining in the second quarter, when Carr found second-year wide receiver Brice Butler on the sideline for a beautiful catch on a 15-yard gain. Unfortunately, they would be unable to advance any more and settle for another punt by Marquette King.
The Chargers attempted one last field goal attempt at the end of the half, but missed it wide left to keep it just a one-score game at 10-3.
The Raiders only had 89 offensive yards in the first half. Nine minutes into the third quarter, they only had 87. That’s thanks to not getting the ball until halfway into the third quarter, along with back-to-back offensive pass interference penalties on Andre Holmes and Darren McFadden.
Oakland was finally able to move the ball some when they put second-year running back Latavius Murray into the game, running for 37 yards on two carries. Unfortunately, the young back dropped a possible first-down reception, forcing another punt by King.
Down 13-3, Murray provided a spark on offense along with wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins on a big 35-yard catch and run. But once again, the Chargers forced the Raiders to settle for a field goal to bring the score to 13-6.
It looked like veteran safety Charles Woodson was in position to come up with a big interception but somehow the ball got past him and into tight end Antonio Gates’ hands for the first down. This allowed the Chargers to run some more clock off before punting the ball back to the Raiders with under a minute remaining in the game
Carr did find James Jones for a nice gain down the middle, but his hail mary as time ran out fell harmlessly to the ground, handing the Raiders their 16th loss in a row with the 13-6 defeat.
Things don’t get easier for the Raiders as they return home on a short week to take on the 7-3 Kansas City Chiefs team on Thursday Night Football.