The Las Vegas Raiders fired defensive coordinator Paul Guenther after their 44-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts with the intention of shaking things up. The defense didn’t play much better, and the team lost their fourth game in the last five weeks.
How did the Raiders fare in the first half?
The Raiders weren’t able to do much in their first drive and ended up punting the ball. Meanwhile, the Chargers didn’t have much trouble moving the ball and scored in their first possession. Although they couldn’t get their running game going, they made up for it by throwing the ball efficiently. A 10-yard pass to tight end Hunter Henry gave the ‘Bolts’ a 7-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter, this Las Vegas team got close to the Chargers’ end zone. Nevertheless, they couldn’t seal the deal and had to settle for a field goal. To add insult to injury, quarterback Derek Carr suffered a groin injury and had to leave the game.
Marcus Mariota took over the quarterback position and quickly set the tone when he threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to tight end Darren Waller. He was 3-of-3 for 70 yards in that drive and had Las Vegas up 10-7. The Chargers then struck back and tied the game. The Raiders had another chance to score before halftime but didn’t do much with it and let Los Angeles march down the field and take a 17-10 lead.
Overall, the Raiders’ defense was stout against the run in the first half and only allowed 32 yards. On the other hand, their pass defense was a liability and gave up 194 yards and two touchdowns. In Marinelli’s defense, he didn’t have much time to make many meaningful changes since he only had three days to prepare for the game.
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How did things go in the second half?
The Raiders scored on a 10-play, 76-yard drive in their first possession in the third quarter, but they didn’t make it easy on themselves. They had to go for it on a fourth-and-2 and finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown run by Josh Jacobs to tie the game 17-17.
The Raiders’ defense didn’t fare much better in the second half and let the ‘Bolts’ score once again and take a 24-17 lead. However, this Las Vegas team answered back in the following drive and Mariota scored on a two-yard touchdown run. Tied 24-24, Los Angeles attempted a 47-yard field goal but failed.
The Silver and Black had a chance to take the lead in the next drive, but Mariota ended up throwing an interception that cornerback Chris Harris returned for 51 yards. Chargers kicker Michael Badgley went on to fail his second field goal of the night and the game went to overtime.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn won the coin toss but elected to punt. The Raiders then scored on a Daniel Carlson’s field goal that gave them a 27-24 lead. Los Angeles got the ball back and quarterback Justin Herbert put an end to the game with a one-yard touchdown run.
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9 thoughts on “Raiders: Marcus Mariota can’t close the deal in 30-27 overtime loss to Chargers”
Mariota can’t close the deal? Wrong. The defense, terrible clock management on the part of Gruden, and bad decision making on the Receiver not batting the ball down. There were numerous opportunities to win this game. The Offensive line, was well….Offensive. Every time one unit needs to show up big on this team, toward helping the team effort, they falter. Mariota played an amazing game. Shockingly so. Mullen played a horrible game at Cornerback. The Safeties , always poor, set a new standard for lackadaisical play. But, I’m not disappointed. This team doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near the playoffs. Next season: Player development is paramount. No more silly offensive minded experiments in the draft. Lastly, why are Joyner and Littleton so non-existent? Geez, Louise.
Geez indeed, Gabriel. This all traces back to coaching.
The Flying Hawaiian looked great last night. I’d like to see him start next game. Marcus Marriota!!
Yes, at this point, the Raiders have nothing to lose.
Mariota was great put the team on his back lite a fire under the o even with the o line playing substandard. Trent Brown better be the first cut this offseason He is lazy no second effort . He s capable of throwing the first rusher aside like a rag doll then attacking the next in line not this year. Carr is not the answer he started this game with his detached whatever attitude that he seems to get every year in the second half of the season . If i never see him roll right on 3rd and short and throw it away it will be to soon./ LOSER move on and get value before teams really dig in to his baloney stats. Mariota can run this team he does have that intangibles of courage and leadership with intensity
The money spent on Supporting Carr and his losing records is amazing. They could have bought a top 10 D and another QB who does not need so much attention. he never has enough because he is a loser. Jack Del Rio got his attention with way less money spent on supporting cast. Jack wanted Carr out so Reggie fired Jack. Watching raider games years ago was much more fun we had intimidating D and bone crushing running game. We had coaches who coached What the hell does Rat boy Olsen do anyway? Gruden calls the plays , draws up the game plan. Neither one can adjust or change in midgame when they are stopped cold. Carr is a bad investment that is unsustainable and with no ROI
FIRE GRUDEN To everyone ELSE Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas, 🙂
Getting Rid of Carr Olsen Brown Gruden Littleton All the players and coaches from the DALLAS deal no exceptions Marinelli can drive the bus full of has been players to Dallas and take his old friend Gruden with him . Now we have enough cap space to move ahead with a new real coach and two new real assistants. Just draft Baby!