|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NFLThe Oakland Raiders last won a game on November 17, 2013. The team has won their last 16 regular season games, thus mean that they have gone literally one year and the equivalent of one season without a win. Whether or not the 0-10 Raiders will get a win in 2014 is unclear but one thing for certain is that became the first team eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday in their 13-6 loss to the San Diego Chargers. While the Raiders did beat the +10 spread, the Silver and Black were doomed from the start.
It took just one play from scrimmage for things to go wrong for the Raiders. Derek Carr fumbled the ball on the first play as Donald Butler recovered it for the Chargers. Two plays later, Philip Rivers connected with Malcolm Floyd for a 22-yard touchdown pass. The Raiders attempted a comeback and got a 42-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski before the end of the quarter.
The Chargers defense was responsible for limiting much of the Raiders' action in the second quarter. The Chargers gave up just one first down on three possessions. The only first down that the Raiders had came after the Chargers unsuccessfully tried to challenge a call over a completed pass. The Chargers continued to have two three-and-outs for the Raiders in the third while Nick Novak had a 52-yard field goal.
The Raiders did make a comeback attempt late in the fourth. Carr had a 35-yard pass to Kenbrell Thompkins but the team could only settle for a field goal on that drive. The Raiders eventually got the ball on their own 12-yard line with 1:05 to go. The Raiders could not get out of their own half of the field as Carr was sacked right at the start.
Philip Rivers was held back by a mild knee injury but is expected to play next week. Rivers went 22-34 for 193 yards for the Bolts. While the Raiders fell out of the playoffs, the Chargers moved to 6-4 and are one game behind Denver and Kansas City for the lead in the AFC West and are tied with four others for the second wild card in the AFC.