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Things got off to a great start for the Raiders , getting points on each of their opening possessions while forcing the Chiefs to punt.The Raiders early 10-0 lead was short lived, in the second quarter the Chiefs offense showed why they are consider to be one of the most explosive in the league putting up 28 unanswered points.The Chiefs burned the Raiders defense for big play after big play all afternoon.The Chiefs scored on plays of 44, 42, 27, and 39 yards.And that was without their biggest weapon, Tyreek Hill. The Raiders were plagued by injuries, costly penalties, and turnovers that helped contribute to the debacle that took place on Sunday.Let’s take a look at the Raiders week one report card.Aerial Attack: C-A week after grading out with an A, the passing game took a major step backwards this week.Derek Carr looked confident and in control last week and against Chiefs he looked out of sync and flustered.With the exception of the first and second series of the game the passing attack was ice cold.If you want to play with the Chiefs you have to be able to put points on the board.What become very apparent throughout the game was how badly the Raiders need a wide receiver two to emerge.Tyrell Williams had himself another nice game catching five balls for 46 yards and a touchdown, as well as tight end Darren Waller who lead the team with six catches for 63 yards.After Williams and Waller, Hunter Renfrow was next with four catches for 30 yards.Ryan Grant who is the starting wideout opposite Williams was a non-factor in the game.Trailing 28-10 early in the third quarter the Raiders had an opportunity to cut the Chiefs lead to 28-17.With a first and goal from the Chiefs four yard line, facing a stacked box and what looked like a blitz, Carr changed the play at the line.Seeing Tyrell Williams in single coverage, Carr opted to throw a fade to the corner of the end zone.However , there was a miscommunication between Carr and Williams and the pass was intercepted.On the Raiders next possession, Carr was again picked off.There may have been a missed defensive pass inference call on the play but nonetheless, any hope the Raiders had of a comeback was thwarted. Ground Game: B+Josh Jacobs followed up his first career game with another very productive outing.Jacobs rushed 12 times for 99 yards, that’s 8.3 yards per carry.Jacobs was dealing with an unknown injury for parts of the game and was seen heading to the locker room at certain points.The run game was effective but playing from behind the entire second half they just didn’t get the opportunities.As a team the Raiders logged 19 rushing attempts for 129 yards.Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington have yet to establish themselves in the offense.Offensive Line: BOnce again the offensive line held up fairly well against a decent Chiefs front with Chris Jones on the interior and Frank Clark on the outside.Run blocking was very good, paving the way for 128 yards on the ground.Derek Carr was sacked for the first time when Chris Jones was able to get through the line with 1:41 left in the first half.Trent Brown left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury he suffered while chasing down a Chiefs defender who intercepted Derek Carr’s pass.Brandon Parker replaced Brown and did allow a sack, although it was more of a coverage sack.Defensive Line: C-Despite two sacks from a combination of Benson Mayowa and PJ Hall, the defensive line didn’t do enough to create pressure on Mahomes.Too many times Mahomes was allowed to take a deep drop and bomb one down field.Watching the defensive line today felt a lot like watching the 2018 Raiders.Against the run the line was stout, allowing only 31 yards on 22 carries.Mayowa and Hall combined on a sack that lead to a fumble which the Raiders recovered.Mayowa now has three and a half sacks on the year.Linebackers: C+Like most of the team the linebackers did some good things early.Vontaze Burfict was all over the place to start the game, Tahir Whitehead and Nicholas Morrow also made some plays in both the run and pass game. Hard to pin the poor performance on the linebackers, this one had little to do with their production.They do take some of the blame for allowing the Chiefs to twice score on drives that started on their own five yard line.Secondary: FBig plays was a major issue for the Raiders defense in 2018 and after Sunday’s game it still remains a problem. The secondary from top to bottom was terrible.It didn’t matter if it was Gareon Conley, Daryl Worley, Karl Joseph, Lamarcus Joyner, Keisean Nixon , or Curtis Riley they were all equally bad.There were plays where the coverage appeared to be there but Mahomes delivered a beautiful ball but then there were plays where receivers were running wide open.Things could have been much considering a 75 yard Mecole Hardman touchdown was negated by penalty.Demarcus Robinson had a career high 172 yards on six catches.Special Teams: B+The kicking game was on point today, especially punter AJ Cole.Twice Cole pinned the Chiefs at the five yard line and boomed his longest punt of 60 yards.Daniel Carlson made his only field goal and extra point attempt.The kick cover teams were strong, allowing only 37 yards on two kick returns and 48 yards on six punts.Dwayne Harris did leave the game with an ankle injury he sustained while covering a punt.Overall Grade: C- CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Oakland and the Los Angeles Chargers both come into Sunday’s game ranked in the Top 10 in total offense. The matchup between AFC West rivals is likely to come down to who has the greatest success running the ball.Both teams had a 100-yard rusher in their wins last week. The Raiders‘ Marshawn Lynch had 130 yards in a 45-42 overtime victory over Cleveland , while the Chargers’ Melvin Gordon gained 104 yards on the ground in a 29-27 win over San Francisco .Lynch and Gordon are both ranked in the Top 10 in rushing. Lynch is fourth with 300 yards and has shown flashes of being back to the level he displayed in Seattle from 2011-14, when he had four straight 1,000-yard seasons. Gordon is seventh with 276 yards.Both players are showing they are physical runners in different ways. Lynch has generated 77.3 percent of his yards after contact according to SportRadar, the highest percentage among the top 24 backs. Gordon is tied for third in broken tackles with 12.“There’s not a lot of backs that can say they run the football like he does. He still has elusiveness and speed,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said about Lynch. “This guy likes the physical grind and I think he feeds off of it.”Gordon is also making an impact in the passing game as he is tied for the Chargers’ lead in receptions with 17. That has allowed him to lead the AFC in yards from scrimmage with 475.“He’s really done a great job as a receiver and really been a factor to make huge plays for us,” Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said. “I think he has been driven to get his game to another level, and I think we’re seeing the benefit to that. He’s worked hard. He’s studied it.”Both teams are looking for a win to avoid falling to 0-2 in division games. Quarterback Philip Rivers said the Chargers need to start stringing together wins to avoid falling further behind unbeaten Kansas City.“I think we’re just playing a little better all the way around. A little more complementary all the way around,” Rivers said. “But certainly, you know, this is no time to keep going win-loss , win-loss, win-loss. So it’s an opportunity for us to get our second win in a row and get above .500 and keep going.”Here are some other things to watch as the Chargers look for their third straight victory over the Raiders:CARR VS. RIVERSOakland’s Derek Carr and Rivers have split their first eight meetings. Both are coming into the game with momentum.Carr is looking for his third straight 300-yard game, which would be the first time that has happened in his five-year career. Rivers has thrown 11 touchdowns, tying for the most he has thrown in the first four games.PASS RUSH HELPThe Chargers are hoping defensive tackle Corey Liuget’s return from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancers helps improve a pass rush that has struggled.Los Angeles has only eight sacks as Melvin Ingram has been frequently been double-teamed. Defensive end Joey Bosa will miss his fifth straight game due to a foot injury.ROOKIE TACKLESThe Raiders will have an untested tackle this week after right tackle Donald Penn was placed on IR with a groin injury. Rookie Brandon Parker will step in and team with fellow rookie Kolton Miller, who is on the left side protecting Carr. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this will be the first time since the 1970 merger that the Raiders will have two rookie tackles starting in a game.DEFENSIVE HELPThe Raiders hope the anticipated debut of cornerback Daryl Worley will help eliminate the big plays that have plagued the defense. Oakland has allowed a league-worst five 50-yard or longer plays and is tied for second worst with 23 plays allowed of at least 20 yards. Worley should provide a needed boost in the secondary as he returns from a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.WHOSE HOME GAME?The Raiders left Los Angeles in 1994, but they still have a large and boisterous contingent of fans in the area. When the Raiders played a preseason game against the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 21, it sounded like a Raiders home game. Even though the StubHub Center seats only 27,000, it is likely the crowd will be predominantly silver and black.The Chargers have won five of their past six at StubHub, but it hasn’t felt like a home-field advantage. Last Sunday’s game against the 49ers appeared to have more San Francisco fans.

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