Week 15 of the NFL season began with the Las Vegas Raiders (6-8) dismantling the Los Angeles Chargers (5-9) at Allegiant Stadium on Thursday Night Football, and we’ve got you covered with all the highlights from start to finish!
Quarterback Easton Stick was at the helm for the Chargers after starter Justin Herbert fractured the index finger on his throwing hand in the team’s Week 14 loss to Denver. Herbert visited two hand specialists earlier this week.
On the other side, QB Aidan O’Connell was once again leading the Raiders, making the seventh start of his rookie season.
Here are the top moments!
FINAL: Las Vegas Raiders 63, Los Angeles Chargers 21
Raiders strike first
After forcing the Chargers to go three-and-out to open the game, the Raiders put together a 12-play touchdown drive. Shortly after O’Connell hit wide receiver Davante Adams and tight end Michael Mayer for a pair of completions that combined for 37 yards, RB Zamir White smacked in a goal-line touchdown on the ground.
On the ensuing possession, defensive end Malcolm Koonce strip-sacked Stick and Tyree Wilson fell on the loose ball for the Raiders, who took over at the Chargers’ 42-yard line.
Four plays after the Raiders recovered the fumble, O’Connell hooked up with wide receiver Tre Tucker for a 30-yard touchdown.
Safety Marcus Epps stripped the ball out of running back Joshua Kelley’s possession, and Jerry Tillery fell on the loose ball for the Raiders.
What a grab!
Three plays after the turnover, O’Connell hit wide receiver Jakobi Meyers, who pulled off a leaping, 22-yard touchdown reception. The Raiders led 21-0 with 3:07 remaining in the first quarter.
It was a rough first half for the Chargers, and tight end Gerald Everett let out some of that frustration with an emphatic stiff arm.
Chargers cough it up AGAIN
Early in the second quarter, Chargers punt returner Derius Davis had the ball ripped out of his possession by DJ Turner, who recovered it for the Raiders at the Chargers’ 14-yard line.
Just two plays after the Raiders recovered the muffed punt, O’Connell got the ball out to tight end Michael Mayer, who got into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown.
It’s a rout
Brandon Bolden got the call on the run for the Raiders and thundered into the end zone for a 26-yard score. They led 35-0 with 3:50 remaining in the second quarter.
It’s not stopping
Los Angeles turned the ball over on downs at its own 49-yard line. Six plays later, O’Connell and Tucker hooked up for another touchdown connection. This one was a 20-yard score.
HALFTIME – Raiders 42, Chargers 0
Las Vegas put six touchdowns on the board in the first half and shut out Los Angeles in doing so. All in all, the Raiders out-gained them 283-89 in total yards, while O’Connell threw for four touchdowns.
Las Vegas picked up where it left off in the second half, coming right down the field and scoring its seventh touchdown. O’Connell threw the ball behind the line of scrimmage to Meyers, who then threw a 4-yard touchdown to Adams. It was Meyers’ second completion of the game.
On the first play of the following possession, Stick hooked up with a wide-open Joshua Palmer for a 79-yard touchdown.
Off he goes!
On the last play of the third quarter, Koonce strip-sacked Stick, and defensive tackle John Jenkins picked up and ran the loose ball back 44 yards for a Raiders touchdown.
On the second play of the next possession, Raiders cornerback Jack Jones stepped in front of Stick’s pass, reeled in a sick, one-handed interception and ran it back 15 yards for a touchdown. Las Vegas led 63-7 with 14:31 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Stick hit wide receivers Alex Erickson and Quentin Johnston for a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but the Chargers were unable to mount a comeback.
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