INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Justin Herbert threw for 3 touchdowns, Austin Ekeler rushed for a career-high 117 yards and scored twice and the Los Angeles Chargers knocked the Las Vegas Raiders from the unbeaten ranks with a 28-14 victory Monday evening.
Los Angeles is 3-1 for the primary time since 2014 and a part of a three-way tie atop the AFC West with Las Vegas and Denver. The Raiders’ loss means the Arizona Cardinals are the NFL’s lone undefeated workforce after 4 weeks.
Chargers first-year coach Brandon Staley was happy together with his workforce’s offensive stability in addition to staying inside the sport plan. Los Angeles had the ball for almost 35 minutes with three of their 4 scoring drives going 9 performs or extra.
“We stayed affected person, I assumed we had a superb mixture of the run and go. Justin was extraordinarily affected person tand Austin got here alive tonight,” he stated..
Herbert, who accomplished 25 of 38 passes for 222 yards, accounted for all of his TDs within the first half because the Chargers constructed a 21-0 halftime lead. The Raiders scored on their first two possessions of the second half to attract inside a landing, however Ekeler gave Los Angeles some respiratory room with an 11-yard run off left guard. Herbert had the important thing play of the drive with a 13-yard completion to Jared Prepare dinner on fourth-and-2 from midfield.
Herbert achieved a pair of milestones within the win. He accomplished his five hundredth go in his nineteenth begin, changing into the primary quarterback within the Tremendous Bowl period to succeed in that earlier than his twentieth begin. He has accounted for 10 touchdowns in his first three prime time video games, tying Patrick Mahomes and Dan Marino.
Ekeler, who had 145 complete yards, additionally had a landing reception within the second quarter.
Derek Carr was 21 of 34 for 196 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The Raiders might handle solely 48 yards dashing in opposition to a Chargers protection that was final within the league in run protection.
“We can not come out and take that many punches within the first spherical. I am pleased with our guys exhibiting a toughness to stand up and preserve preventing, however that was ridiculous tonight,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden stated. “They obtained on us and so they obtained after us in all three phases, and we discovered a technique to make it a soccer sport and provides ourselves an opportunity, but it surely’s simply too arduous on this league in opposition to good groups.”
The Chargers took the opening kickoff and went 75 yards in 12 performs. Herbert accomplished all six of his passes on the drive, together with a 4 yard bullet to tight finish Donald Parham behind the top zone to place them on high 7-0.
Los Angeles prolonged its result in 21-0 at halftime by scoring on the ultimate two drives of the primary half. Herbert’s 10-yard TD to Prepare dinner was arrange by a 41-yard completion to a large open Stephen Anderson to the Raiders 12 three performs earlier.
After the Raiders went three-and-out, Herbert led the Chargers on a nine-play drive. He accomplished his final 5 passes, together with a 14-yard display screen to Ekeler for the rating.
Las Vegas was held to 1 first down and 51 web yards within the first half, however made changes at halftime and scored on its first two possessions of the second half. The Raiders took the third-quarter kickoff and scored when Carr discovered Hunter Renfrow for a 10-yard landing.
Darren Waller then drew Las Vegas inside a TD when he caught a 3-yard go with 1:44 remaining within the third.
The Chargers Hollywood Park residence has a roof over it, however the begin of the sport was delayed 35 minutes resulting from lightning strikes within the space. SoFi Stadium is assessed as open-air because of the north aspect being open on the higher deck. Torrential rain hit the Los Angeles space almost an hour earlier than kickoff.
“I’ve by no means had an indoor stadium with a lightning delay. This can be a weird evening for all of us,” stated Gruden, who added he did not obtain a proof for the delay.
Joey Bosa recorded his fiftieth profession sack throughout the first quarter when he introduced down Carr for a 9-yard loss and compelled a fumble that ended up being recovered by Las Vegas guard John Simpson.
Bosa, who’s in his sixth season, reached it in 67 profession video games, sooner than any Chargers participant since sacks have been stored as an official stat in 1982.
Raiders: Cornerbacks Damon Arnette (groin) and Trayvon Mullen Jr. (foot) have been injured throughout the first quarter and didn’t return. Cornerback Nate Hobbs suffered a concussion within the second half. Tight finish Derrick Service (pectoral) additionally had an harm throughout the first half.
Raiders: Host the Chicago Bears (2-2) on Sunday.
Chargers: Host the Cleveland Browns (3-1) on Sunday.