Chargers take on Raiders looking for first win at Allegiant Stadium

Chargers take on Raiders looking for first win at Allegiant Stadium

With their playoff hopes still alive, the Chargers are back where everything died for them last season.

Busted, out of strip.

About 11 months earlier, the Chargers visited Allegiant Stadium and fell to Las Vegas in the NFL regular-season finale, 35–32 in overtime.

It was not necessary to win, but it was not necessary to lose. A win or a tie would have advanced the Chargers to the postseason.

Instead, he was sidelined by a 47-yard Raiders field goal as time – so fittingly – expired.

Now, they’re back.

“It seems like so long ago,” said linebacker Drew Tranquil. “We’ve played like 20 games since then, haven’t we? But there will definitely be some nostalgia. We’ll feel it.

The Chargers enter Sunday in eighth place in the AFC at 6-5. They trail Cincinnati and the New York Jets – teams that hold the conference’s last two playoff spots by a game.

Of those three contenders, the Chargers have the easiest remaining schedule. Their opponents are 29–37–1 compared to 40–28 for the Bengals and 40–27 for the Jets.

The Raiders are 4-7 and can hope for nothing more important than robbing an opponent’s season, even small consolation for a franchise that, as its logo, gives a person an eyeball. Shows wearing a patch.

“Urgency,” said Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen. “Definitely playing with urgency. We’ve got to fight back to get to where we want to be.”

Allen and his teammates need a win over Las Vegas for a number of reasons, not the least of which is what awaits them on the other side.

Following this game, the Chargers play their next two home games against Miami and Tennessee, a pair of first-ranked teams. Even with Sunday’s win, the Chargers could be 7-7 with three games remaining.

They end up with Indianapolis, the Rams and Denver, all teams that will not qualify for the 2022 playoffs. Will winning all three be enough?

Tranquil said, “The AFC is very tight.” “You might need 11 wins to get into it. I’m not sure a 10-7 team is going to be found this year.”

Although their victories haven’t exactly been artistic, the Chargers have taken advantage of some key opportunities. They are 6–1 against teams with losing records and 0–4 against winning records.

The teams they have defeated have a combined score of 21–46–1, a winning percentage of .316. They have lost to opponents who are 35–20 (.636). The Dolphins and Titans enter Sunday at 15-7.

Safety Darwin James Jr. said, “Every single one out here counts a lot, especially for us.” “We have to play them hard.”

The Chargers and Raiders left everything on their DNA on the field at Elegant Stadium last January 9, playing in prime time and with both teams still in post-season contention.

Trailing by 15 in the final five minutes of regulation, quarterback Justin Herbert led the Chargers on consecutive scoring drives and a two-point conversion to force overtime.

The second series lasted 19 plays and covered 83 yards in just over two minutes, with Herbert hitting Mike Williams in the end zone with 0:00 on the scoreboard clock.

“We were crazy tired,” wide receiver Joshua Palmer recalled. “There were no subs. That whole drive was crazy.

Along the way, the Chargers converted two fourth and 10 plays and one third and 10 play. He had another 4th and 10 situation converted when Las Vegas was called for holding.

Twice the drive was stopped for replay review, with the officials reversing both calls—one into a Herbert incompletion and the other into a Herbert completion.

When Williams finally scored, Palmer remembered running into the end zone to celebrate as a water bottle came rolling down on him from the stands.

“Wild, that’s what I think,” Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. said. “Just a wild game.”

Could something similar happen on Sunday? Although only 4–7, the Raiders have won two straight, both on the road and in overtime. Eight of their games this season have been decided by one point.

Six of the last seven meetings between these teams have ended with a margin of seven points or less. The Chargers have visited Allegiant Stadium twice and both games have gone to overtime.

“It doesn’t matter that we’re playing them in the parking lot,” James said. “Chargers-Raiders, you know what kind of game it’s going to be. We’ve got to go play.”

Gotta play and, most likely, win, the city of Las Vegas usually allows quite a bit.

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