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Three takeaways from Raiders last second loss to Chargers

Raiders drop 4th in a row, search for answers with quick turnaround

John Dickinson
October 15, 2017 - 9:19 pm
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The Raiders season is slipping away before the midway point

Sunday was supposed to be the day that the Raiders got everything on track. Derek Carr was back a week earlier than anyone anticipated. They were facing a Chargers team they’d beaten four consecutive times over the past two seasons under Jack Del Rio. The Chargers find ways to lose in a week the Raiders needed to run into a win any way possible.

Thanks nother lackluster performance offensively, a missed PAT and an inability to stop their opponent for a second straight week on critical fourth quarter drives added up to a new low point following a 17-16 loss at the Coliseum.

The Raiders are 2-4 and their season is slipping away. Not only are they 3 back of the division leading Chiefs and 1.5 behind the Broncos for second place. With the loss to the Chargers, the Raiders are officially in last place with the same record as Los Angeles plus a home head-to-head tiebreaker loss.

It’s not about Super Bowl aspirations anymore. It might not even be about winning the division either. It’s about just getting a win just to salvage hope for the second half of the season and not let the 2017 campaign turn in to a total embarrassment. And getting that win will be no easy task with the best team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs coming into the Coliseum Thursday night fresh off their first loss of the season.

The Raiders offense was supposed to carry them

While the Raiders defense wasn’t perfect Sunday, allowing 17 points to the Chargers would have figured to add up to a win heading into the season. With all the weapons the Raiders possess on offense, this is the type of game the Raiders should be able to win 27-17 on a bad day. The lack of explosive plays down the field in the passing game, big running plays and a poor third down conversion rate have prevented the Raiders offense from being as dynamic and dominant as they were in 2016.

The defense appears to be just good enough to lose without forcing turnovers

The Raiders defense has for the most part has held its own in 2017. They’ve allowed 17 points or less in three of the Raiders six games. When a team gives up points is critical however and the Raiders have had a propensity to give up points both early and late to either set a bad tone for the game or not quite be able to finish off a win.

The Raiders defense allowed 10 fourth quarter points to the Chargers Sunday. They gave up a pair of field goal drives to the Ravens in Week 5 including one after Baltimore ran more than 6 minutes off the clock.

In Denver it was 10-0 Broncos in the first quarter that setup an uphill climb back into the game. The Raiders fell behind quickly in Washington although a Derek Carr interception helped set the one in that game. Even in the Raiders season opening victory at Tennessee, the Titans scored on their first series.

Turnovers, or lack there of continues to be a problem as well. The Raiders are a minus two in turnover differential but remain the only team in the NFL without an interception through six weeks.

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