Oakland Raiders: 10 Things We Learned from Week 1 Loss to San Diego Chargers

The Raiders had a great chance at home to open the season 1-0 but instead head down to Miami 0-1.

Here are 10 things learned from the loss:


1. Raiders' New Offense

The Raiders offense was very efficient but lacked big plays. McFadden was the main outlet of the offense, and after the Chargers shut him down, the offense came to a halt.

Overall the offense did well but faltered in the red zone, mental errors and failure at creating the big play.


2. Carson Palmer's Safety Blanket

Carson Palmer had a very solid night statistically but failed to open the passing game and settled for a lot of check downs to his safety blanket McFadden. He will have to take a lot more chances for the Raiders to get wins. 


3. McFadden Will Get a Lot of Touches This Year

McFadden had 15 carries and caught 13 passes for 86 yards.

With a run-heavy offense and Palmer throwing to him a lot, McFadden—if he can stay healthy—will put up big numbers this year.


4. Raiders' New Defense

The Raiders defense was the highlight of the game, especially against the run, which has been a major problem for the Raiders in recent years. Tonight, the defense gave up only 34 yards on 19 carries. 

The secondary did well also but still gave up crucial plays on third down and one big passing play to Robert Meachem in the first half.


5. Raiders Defensive Line Needs to Step up on Passing Downs

With San Diego starting UDFA Mike Harris on its offensive line, the Raiders' pass rush was suppose to get to Rivers and disrupt him. Instead it recorded only one sack.

While it didn't get to the QB, the Raider defensive line did shine in stopping the run game, plugging gaps and closing down run lanes.


6. Special Teams ...

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