Raiders Week 9: Defense Holds On As Chargers Fall Short

The much-maligned Las Vegas Raiders defense made a stand against the Los Angeles Chargers and now hold a 5-3 record.

Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s unit has been picked on all year and this game was not much of an exception. Los Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns. Nevertheless, the Raiders defense held on for the victory in Los Angeles. As the old saying goes,” a win is a win.”

Guenther’s defensive backfield was picked on through the air by the rookie quarterback all game. Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen amassed 103 yards and a touchdown while Tyron Johnson caught a 50-yard pass. 

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On the ground, the Chargers were unable to have much of an impact on the ground. In fact, no running back went over 100 rushing yards for Los Angeles. Kalen Ballage totaled 69 yards, averaged 4.6 yards per carry, and found the endzone once. On a side note, Herbert did break out for an 11-yard run as the rookie did everything in his power to try and get this win.

This one came down literally to the last play with just one second left on the clock, Raiders cornerback Isaiah Johnson covered the Chargers receiver on that final play. Josh Dubow of the Associated Press highlighted that the last time the Raiders blew a double-digit lead against the Chargers was back in 2008. The Silver and Black’s defense is very still a concerning weakness on this team. Yet, a win is a win and this team can rest easy knowing they’re 5-3. 

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*Top Photo: Dylan Bouscher/Bay Area News Group

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