Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers Full Report Card Grades for Oakland

For the first time since their Super Bowl season, the Oakland Raiders start the campaign 4-1 after a 34-31 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

With all the odds stacked against the Chargers, many expected an easy Raiders victory, but it didn't materialize that way. Oakland could’ve jumped out to a larger lead but settled for field goals throughout the first half. The Chargers went into halftime with a 10-9 lead over a team struggling in the red zone. Prior to Sunday’s game, Oakland scored touchdowns on 10-of-11 red-zone attempts.

Inverse to previous games, the Raiders finished strongly after a sloppy start. After a few drops, wideout Michael Crabtree started to contribute, while quarterback Derek Carr finally released the jitters and threw with better accuracy. However, the secondary gave up chunk plays throughout the contest. 

As the game progressed through the second half, the Chargers began their typical fourth-quarter slide, and the Raiders capitalized on the miscues. The offense scored 17 unanswered points between the third and fourth quarters. Chargers punter Drew Kaser then botched the snap on a potential game-tying field goal, which allowed the Raiders to drain the clock.

Oakland squandered countless opportunities in the first half and committed uncharacteristic mistakes. Nonetheless, the offense kept firing, and the team made one more play than the opponent for the victory.

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