The maturation of Derek Carr is a major reason why the Raiders beat the Chargers 26-24 on Thursday night at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
The Raiders defensive end declined to bash his critics after the No. 4 overall pick had the best game of his young career with 2.5 sacks in the win over the Chargers.
Clelin Ferrell, the fourth overall pick, will get the biggest headlines. But it’s another rookie, fourth-round pick Maxx Crosby, who was the most impressive pass rusher.
How the team performed in victory against the Chargers.
The Raiders needed some late-game heroics to pull it off, but they defeated the Chargers 26-24 on Thursday Night Football.
The fullback scored on his first reception of the season to give Oakland an NFL-high 12 touchdowns by first-year players.
Oakland forced Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers into multiple sacks and interceptions in the first quarter for the first time in his career.
Rookie safety Johnathan Abram has his eye on the playoffs, predicting the team can rack up wins during what looks like a softer half of the schedule.
There are few constants in the NFL, but the Raiders wearing silver and black has been one of them. Except for Thursday night.