The 2014 Oakland Raiders cam every close to getting their first win of the season on Sunday. In fact, they held the lead in the second half for the first time all season. But in the end, the San Diego Chargers’ offense was too much for the Silver & Black’s defense, and the Chargers escaped with a 31-28 victory over the Raiders.
As they demonstrated in thrashing the Jets 31-0 and raising their record to 4-1, the Chargers showed that stats do not always tell the true story.
The Oakland Raiders have a new head coach, for now, and they’ve just had their bye week. How will they fare against the 4-1 San Diego Chargers at home this week? Well, the Bolts are on a roll, and they look very good. The exact opposite can be said of Silver & Black, so don’t expect things to suddenly get better for Oakland now that Dennis Allen has been fired.
Including Sunday’s Week Five action, the San Diego Chargers are 4-1, the Denver Broncos are 3-1, and the Kansas City Chiefs are 2-3. Each team has a positive points differential, while the Oakland Raiders are 0-4 with a minus-52 differential. Yes, it’s going to be a long season for the Silver & Black.
Other than the home-opening win over Seattle in week two of the season, the Bolts have been feasting on the likes of Buffalo, Jacksonville and now the New York Jets over these last three Sundays. Okay, even with that level of competition, the Chargers look pretty darn good.
Before anyone starts buying tickets for the Super Bowl in Glendale (Arizona) in February, take note that San Diego’s one quality win this season was at home in the second week against the defending champs (Seattle).
San Diego (2-1), which was already missing starting running back Ryan Mathews to a knee injury, withstood an early right ankle injury to running back Danny Woodhead and left Buffalo Sunday afternoon with a 22-10 victory.
When you look at the roster and watch the San Diego Chargers play, you soon come to realize that there is a fair amount of talent on that squad.
While their record may not show it, the San Diego Chargers turned in a rather solid season when you take a look back at the 2013-14 campaign.
When the San Diego Chargers went into Denver last month and beat the Broncos, no doubt some eyebrows were raised. Now, imagine if they do it again this Sunday.