Monday, December 23, 2019

Game Notes: Oakland Raiders 24, Los Angeles Chargers 17

Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 05:56 PM


 The Oakland Raiders kept their postseason hopes alive with a win over the division-rival Chargers Sunday; here are the game notes, presented by Microsoft Surface.

Raiders 24, Chargers 17
o    The Raiders defeated the Chargers by a score of 24-17, moving to 7-8 overall and improving their record to 3-2 against AFC West opponents this season. 
o    Oakland completes the season series sweep against the Chargers, winning 26-24 in Week 10, and doing so for the first time since 2016 when the club was located in San Diego.  
o    The win marked the Raiders first victory at ROKiT Field at Dignity Health Sports Park in the series history (Prev.: 0-2 since 2017).
o    Head Coach Jon Gruden improves his overall record against the Chargers to 9-5. 
o    The Silver and Black now own a 10-game lead in the all-time regular season series, 64-54-2, and improve to 32-27-1 against the Chargers on the road. 

Starters - Offense
WR Zay Jones
LT Kolton Miller
LG Denzelle Good
C Rodney Hudson
RG Gabe Jackson
RT Brandon Parker
TE Darren Waller
WR Tyrell Williams
WR Hunter Renfrow
QB Derek Carr
RB DeAndré Washington

Starters - Defense
DE Clelin Ferrell
DT Johnathan Hankins
DT P.J. Hall
DE Maxx Crosby
SLB Tahir Whitehead
MLB Will Compton
CB Lamarcus Joyner
CB Nevin Lawson
CB Trayvon Mullen
FS Erik Harris
SS Daryl Worley

Raiders Themes
o    QB Derek Carr became first player in franchise history with five seasons of 20-plus touchdown passes, and surpassed Rich Gannon for the most 3,500-yard passing seasons (four) in Raiders history.
o    Carr’s 32 games with a passer rating over 100.0 tie Ken Stabler for most such games in franchise history. 
o    WR Hunter Renfrow recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game, becoming the first Raiders rookie WR since Amari Cooper to record 100 receiving yards in a contest (last: 120; Dec. 20, 2015 vs. GB).  
o    TE Darren Waller surpassed Todd Christensen for the third-most receptions (84) and third-most receiving yards (1,038) in franchise history by a tight end in single season.
o    The rookie class continues to lead the NFL in total TDs (16), scoring at least one TD for the ninth time in the last 12 games.  
o    Oakland’s offense ranks second in NFL with 54 points on opening drive this season and lead the NFL with 155 points on drives of at least 10 plays.
o    Oakland’s defense limited the Chargers to 19 rush yards in the contest, the fewest rushing yards allowed in a single game in the all-time season series (prev.: 21; Dec. 5, 2010). The defense also started the game by forcing three straight three-and-outs for first time since Sept. 16, 2018 at Denver, and for the first time in QB Phillip Rivers’ career. 

Additional Notes
o    K Daniel Carlson connected on a 48-yard FG attempt and was 3-of-3 on PATs.
o    P A.J. Cole punted five times for 259 yards (51.8 avg.) with a long of 74 yards, placing three punts inside the 20-yard line.
o    Cole’s 74-yard punt was the third-longest in the NFL this season and longest for Raiders players since Shane Lechler’s 76-yarder at KC on Dec. 24, 2011.
o    LB Will Compton led the team for consecutive weeks, recording a season-high 12 tackles after recording a then season-high nine tackles in Week 15 against the Jaguars. 
o    DE Clelin Ferrell recorded the Raiders’ only sack of the game, taking down QB Phillip Rivers for a loss of 14 yards midway through the fourth quarter. 
o    Ferrell has recorded 3.5 sacks in two contests against the Chargers this season. 
o    Ferrell and Maxx Crosby are the only two rookies in the NFL to have recorded at least four sacks and three passes defensed this season.  
o    LB Tahir Whitehead finished with five tackles (four solo), marking his fourth-straight 100-plus tackle season (103).
o    WR Tyrell Williams finished with 82 yards on four receptions (20.5 avg.) with a 43-yard long.

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