What a wild, incredible Week 9 game!
Let’s take a look at the keys to the Las Vegas Raiders 31-26 victory at Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Isaiah Johnson star:
Raiders have appreciated Johnson since bringing him into round 4 in 2019. But injury has slowed his development. Ironically, an injury opened up his chances on Sunday as he replaced Trayvon Mullen in the second half as he started out with a hamstring injury. Johnson has been very active and he has been covered in the game’s last two innings as Chargers almost scored an in-game goal to win.
Of course, the final level of the game is an overturned encounter in which Johnson did just enough to save the game. Looking forward to seeing more of him move forward.
The charger must be cursed:
On Sunday we discovered that the Charger can spoil the return as bad as they can blow up the game. They won 32-31 … until they didn’t win. Chargers contributed to their loss with problematic watch management on last drive. Nothing is urgent when it should be.
Jon Gruden is completely behind Derek Carr:
The Raiders quartet doesn’t have a huge stats day. He completed only 13 of the 23 passes that were 165 yards long. But he had a huge third round and did his hand, foot and leap kicks. After the match, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he was very proud of Carr and he was excited for the future with him. That is said. So maybe we’ll have a quiet season on the Raid midfield front.
The running game shines again:
Raiders have 160 yards of quick bursts and an average of 6.1 yards per shot. Initially Josh Jacobs is 65 yards with 14 carry and reserve Devontae Booker has 68 yards with eight carry. For the second week in a row, the Raiders have won on the go in large part thanks to their terrestrial match.
Defense is still an issue:
It is a victory and that is important. But let’s face it, the Chargers were able to easily complete the drive and win the game and the Raiders would once again be allowed to add 30 points. Raiders have just had twice against attack line that has allowed the most pressure in the NFL this season.
In general, the unit has to get better when the team takes a serious playoff game in the second half of the season.