Raiders News: AFC West Week 8 roundup
Week 8 was a week off for the Las Vegas Raiders, but they still managed to establish themselves as big winners.
The rest of AFC West were in action and not only did the Los Angeles Chargers lose, but the Cincinnati Bengals suffered a surprise as well. Thus, the Raiders are not only in possession of first place in their division, but they also remain in second place in the conference standings. Granted, the Kansas City Chiefs have yet to play this week as they take on the New York Giants tonight on Monday Night Football.
- Justin Herbert, QB: 18/35, 223 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 INT
- Austin Ekeler, RB: 17 total touchdowns, 124 total yards, 1 rushing touchdown
- Keenan Allen, WR: 6 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD
- Mike Williams, WR: 2 receptions, 19 yards
- Derwin James, DB: 13 total tackles, 7 solo, 1 TFL
- Joey Bosa, DE: 2 solo tackles, 0 sacks, 0 QB hits
Before the game, I had the feeling that this one had the potential for upheaval. The Chargers were coming off a pass but were beaten by the Ravens two weeks ago, as the Patriots came off two of their best performances of the season. These trends continued over the weekend.
New England managed to neutralize the pass attack from Los Angeles, with Los Angeles scoring just 206 yards in the air. The Bolts were able to move the ball to the ground, however, totaling 163 rushing yards and 8.2 yards per carry. However, part of that was helped by Justin Jackson’s 75-yard run.
Defensively, the Chargers struggled to stop the run again as the Patriots racked up 141 rushing yards as a team. The Pats also did a decent job of keeping Mac Jones clean, allowing just one sack and four hits for the quarterback.
A few interceptions from Justin Herbert to former Charger Adrian Phillips, including a pick-six where Herbert and former Raider Jared Cook were not on the same page, put Los Angeles in too big a hole to overcome. A late Chargers touchdown made the score seem a little closer than the game actually was.
Los Angeles will travel to Philadelphia next week after the Eagles outscored the Lions yesterday.
- Teddy Bridgewater, QB: 19/26, 213 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
- Melvin Gordon III, RB: 13 total touchdowns, 62 total yards, 2 total touchdowns
- Javonte Williams, RB: 11 overall touchdowns, 48 total yards
- Tim Patrick, WR: 3 catches on 64 yards
- Courtland Sutton, WR: 2 catches, 40 yards
- Malik Reed, EDGE: 3 solo tackles, 1 TFL, 2 sacks
- Dre’Mont Jones, DT: 3 total tackles, 1 TFL, 1.5 sacks
Denver ended their four-game losing streak, but somehow it still feels like they lost. They just added to the list of bad teams they beat this year and their offense was still excruciating.
The football team entered the contest allowing about 30 points per game and the Broncos have barely scored more than half that number. Teddy Bridgewater had another pedestrian performance, and the Broncos only managed to run 83 yards as a team. Defense was a whole different story, however.
Even without Von Miller in the lineup, Denver managed to rack up five sacks and seven quarterback hits on Sunday. Malik Reed was the team’s tallest player and Dre’Mont Jones was not far behind him, while former Raider Shelby Harris posted a half-sack and five total tackles. Rookie linebacker Baron Browning also had an unforgettable game, racking up eight total tackles – five solo and one for loss.
The Broncos will visit the Scorching Cowboys next weekend.