An explosive effort by the offense, defense, and special teams allowed the Silver and Black come out victorious in the Raiders vs Chargers Week 13 matchup at Allegiant Field on Sunday.
Quarterback Derek Carr had 250 yard day with two tuddies while receiver Davante Adams proved he was the best receiver in the league with 177 yard on eight receptions and two TDs. Let’s not forget about running back Josh Jacobs who ran for 144 yards on 26 carries, adding a score into the mix.
The tides have turned since the Raiders vs Chargers Week 1 loss at SoFi Stadium, and now the Silver and Black have a shot at playoff contention, though there’s still a whole lot of work to be done.
“Things needed to be said,” Carr stated after the game. “Things needed to be handled. When you love a place so much, you put your heart into it. To see the way we’ve responded since then, it’s a proud moment for me. I’m happy about it, but we’ve got a long way to go.”
Trailing 13-10 going into the half, the Los Angeles Chargers capitalized on Carr’s only interception of the game where cornerback Bryce Callahan caught a ball intended for Raiders receiver Mack Hollins for a 26-yard pick six. Following a field goal by Chargers kicker Cameron Dicker, Jacobs finished the Raiders next scoring drive with a 20 yard rush to the house.
Adams went ham after the break and scored both of his two touchdowns on the Raiders first two possessions after halftime. The first came on a 31-yard bomb as Carr threw a pinpoint shot finding Carr in the endzone for six. The second came on a flea-flicker pass from Jacobs back to Carr and straight to Adams once again for a 45-yard touchdown.
Out of the last five seasons, Adams has recorded over 1,000 receiving yards four times, and he did so this year in 12 games. In addition, he has 85 career touchdown catches, surpassing Calvin Johnson to hold the fifth-most among all-time receivers through his first nine seasons in the league.
“The stats mean a lot to me in the sense that I’m holding up my end of the bargain,” said Adams following the Raiders vs Chargers Week 13 game. “I’m doing what I’ve got to do. The efficiency part of it is big, too. We’ve got to make sure we’re being as efficient as possible and let the stats and of all that take care of themselves down the road.
Although Chargers receiver Keenan Allen caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Herbert, the Bolts weren’t able to rally back in time due to the Raiders cornerback Amik Robertson and the rest of the defense putting them on lock.
We’re going to enjoy this win for as long as we can this short week as the Las Vegas Raiders play on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.