- Tarrian Rodgers
Chargers force three Derek Carr turnovers en route to 24-19 win
One of the biggest storylines coming into the start of the season was all the new additions to the AFC West. A lot of those questions were answered on Sunday and the new additions to the AFC West showed up and played a major factor for both the Raiders and Chargers.
The Chargers defeated the rival Las Vegas Raiders, 24-19. MVP candidate Justin Herbert kicked off the new year completing 26 of 34 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Keenan Allen led the team with four catches for 66 yards but exited early due to a hamstring injury. Free-agent addition DeAndre Carter impressed, catching three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. The hero in this game for the Chargers was newly added Khalil Mack. Mack, a former Raider, has wreaked havoc on his old team every time they play and today was no different, Mack had six tackles three sacks with one forced fumble.
As for the Raiders, Derek Carr completed 22 of 37 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, while his new wideout Davante Adams caught 10 passes for 141 yards and one score. Adams was targeted 16 times which was a game high. Carr’s three turnovers were really the story of the game for the Raiders. The Las Vegas offense scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to make things close but turned the ball over on downs the next possession following the two-minute warning, which sealed the deal.
The Chargers will have a short week playing Thursday against the Chiefs who bulldozed the Cardinals today. The Chargers may have to do it without their top receiving target Keenan Allen. The Raiders will open up Allegiant Stadium with a home game against the Cardinals.