Still, per Pro Football focus, the Raiders ran the ball 17 times out of the pistol in San Diego and rushed for 76 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. It feels so special.
SAN DIEGO - Despite Derek Carr having taken every snap for the past three-and-a-half games out of either the shotgun or pistol formation since dislocating his right pinkie finger on a mistimed exchange from center Rodney Hudson - "He double-snapped it", Carr told coach Jack Del Rio on the sidelines after the mishap, as caught by NFL Films - the Oakland Raiders quarterback insists all is well with the digit.
Raiders owner Mark Davis is now working diligently to move his franchise to Las Vegas.
With two games remaining in the regular season, Oakland (11-3) only has to win at home against Indianapolis and on the road in Denver to secure the AFC West title. This was something the Chargers wanted to see more of this year and although it came in a meaningless game, it's still a good sign for the future. With Osemele back in action, the Raiders ran for a very solid 145 yards, with the ground game helping set up Carr's touchdown to Crab and Janikowski's scoring kicks.
Carr, though, credited the Chargers.
PASS DEFENSE: B+Bruce Irvin sacked Chargers QB Philip Rivers twice and pressured him on the game-sealing interception. Their two turnovers in the red zone ended an impressive streak of 62 straight straight trips without a turnover.
The Raiders, though, had to settle for Janikowski's 21-yard field goal. With how the Oakland defensive line closed the game, the crowd noise may have been the difference in a close game. They skipped individual introductions and were booed anyway when they were introduced as a team.
Russell: Rare Big Game Between Giants and Lions
Detroit (9-5) was finally brought back to reality after a sobering 17-6 loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown gave the Giants their first points of the second half, and gave them a key two-score lead, 16-7.
Even with the season being over and the playoff hopes lost, the Chargers still made it a heart-wrenching defeat. "It was just like being in Oakland".
SAN DIEGO - Bruce Irvin likes to say that he's Robin to Khalil Mack's Batman.
The Sunday racket coming, Chargers fans? In another close loss, the Chargers fell to 5-9.
San Diego blew a fourth-quarter lead for the sixth time this season.
Davis has worked with Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson to acquire funding to build a $1.9 billion stadium just steps from the Strip. Davis has from the end of the Raiders' season until February 15 to apply for relocation. The owners have approved the franchise's lease in the Inglewood stadium, which you can read about here.
"Just Win Baby" has been a consistent theme all season for the Oakland Raiders and there fan base.
That move became more certain when San Diego voters defeated a measure to raise hotel taxes to 16.5 percent in order to help fund a $1.8 billion downtown stadium that would require $1.15 billion in bonds. Nevada is pledging $750 million in hotel occupancy taxes to compliment $500 million from the Raiders and $650 million from the casino billionaire.