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Doing just enough to win

Grading the Raiders’ 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday night at the Coliseum:

PASS OFFENSE: B-minus

If it wasn’t for drives at the end of the first half and the end of the game, it would have been a disaster. Give the Chargers credit for the way they played defense, and also that the Raiders were able to get the job done in the clutch. Derek Carr was 21 of 31 for 218 yards and had a 9-yard touchdown pass to Alec Ingold. He had more pressure than usual and was sacked three times as the Chargers defensive front got the better of the Raiders’ offensive line. Drives at the end of the half and the game made the difference. Another clutch effort from Jalen Richard as a receiver with four catches for 43 yards, including 11 and 9 yards on the final drive. Carr had no turnovers.

Raiders quarterback slides for some yardage while being pursued by the Chargers. Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group

RUN OFFENSE: C-plus

Josh Jacobs salvaged things by finally breaking away for an 18-yard scoring run with 1:02 to play. He said he’d been waiting for that play all day. Otherwise, it was a tough night for forward progress. Jacobs finished with 16 carries for 71 yards and his seventh rushing touchdown. Alec Ingold continued to Mr. Reliable in short yardage, rushing for a 3-yard first down on a fourth-and-1 play on the Raiders’ scoring drive late in the first half. In all, the Raiders 21 rushes for 78 yards was below the standard they’ve set this season. But having the last run end up in the end zone was worth a grade boost.

Josh Jacobs evades tacklers as he runs for an 18-yard touchdown to beat the Chargers. Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group

PASS DEFENSE: B

Three huge interceptions. Safety Erik Harris had a 59 yard return of a Philip Rivers pass to set up a 40-yard Daniel Carlson field goal, and then put the Raiders up 10-0 by stealing another Rivers pass and returning it 56 yards for a touchdown. Karl Joseph put the win away for the second straight week, this time with a leaping interception in the final seconds. He was injured on the play and may be out awhile. Gave up too many big plays to Rivers, who was 17 of 31 for 207 yards, but also sacked him a season high five times. The Chargers were playing with backup tackles because of injury, but Week 10 is no time for excuses. Rookie Clelin Ferrill had 2 1/2 sacks and was joined by Benson Mayowa (1.5), Maxx Crosby (a half-sack) and Maurice Hurst (a half-sack).

Erik Harris (25) is on the move with an interception return in the first quarter against the Chargers. Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group

RUN DEFENSE: C

The Chargers rushed for 146 yards on 30 carries, including 108 yards on 24 attempts by Melvin Gordon. Gordon and Dalvin Cook of Minnesota are the only two runners to break 100 yards on the Raiders this season. Keenan Allen contributed an 18-yard run with a fly sweep. It was more yardage on the ground than the Raiders are used to giving up, and helped contribute to a time of possession disadvantage of 34:10 for the Chargers to 25:50 for the Raiders. Tahir Whitehead had 14 tackles for the Raiders.

Melvin Gordon (25) celebrates a second-quarter touchdown against the Raiders. Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group

 

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus

Daniel Carlson missed a 53-yard attempt wide left but did convert from 40 and 22 yards. Carlson also missed an extra point, which could have put the Chargers in position for a game-winning field goal had it not been for the Raiders defense. A.J. Cole had four punts for a 42.5 average and a subpar 37.8 net, putting one punt inside the 20-yard line. Curtis Riley had a pair of tone-setting stops on kickoff returns early and the Chargers did no damage returning either kickoffs or punts. Trevor Davis couldn’t get loose on either kickoff returns (five for 94 yards) or punts (2 for a 5.5 average).

Alec Ingold (45) made up for a pair of special teams penalties when he caught a TD pass from Derek Carr. Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group

COACHING: B

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