Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw two first-quarter picks, one returned for a Raiders TD. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Rivers throws pick-six: The Chargers have had two possessions and quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown two interceptions to Raiders safety Erik Harris. This time, Harris went 56 yards for a touchdown on his return. Rivers released the pass as he was being hit low, and it went directly to Harris. The low hit wasn’t a penalty because the defender was blocked into Rivers’s lower legs, officials ruled. (Raiders 10, Chargers 0 with 6:02 left in the 1st quarter)
Rivers throws early pick, Raiders get FG: The Raiders have the early lead on a 40-yard field goal by kicker Daniel Carlson set up by a Philip Rivers interception that ended the Chargers’ opening drive. Rivers’s throw sailed high over the head of intended receiver Keenan Allen and landed in the arms of Raiders safety Erik Harris, who provided a 59-return to the Los Angeles 31-yard line. The Raiders had an interception of Rivers earlier in the drive negated by a defensive pass interference penalty, and Coach Jon Gruden lost an instant replay challenge contending that an incompletion thrown by Rivers should have been ruled a fumble. (Raiders 3, Chargers 0 with 8:01 left in the 1st quarter)
When: Thursday, 8:20 p.m. Eastern.
Where: RingCentral Coliseum.
Two teams on the fringes of the AFC playoff race will meet Thursday night in Oakland, when the Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers.
With the Raiders at 4-4 and the Chargers at 4-5, the winner will remain relatively close in the wild-card chase while the loser will face a steeper climb. The current wild-card leaders in the AFC are the Buffalo Bills at 6-2 and the Indianapolis Colts at 5-3; those are the AFC’s only non-division leaders with winning records.
The Raiders could pull within a game of the first-place Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West with a win. The Chiefs have a record of 6-3 and appear ready to insert quarterback Patrick Mahomes back in their lineup, perhaps this week.
It has been a redemptive season so far for the Raiders and their second-year coach, Jon Gruden. Even if the Raiders don’t reach the playoffs in Year 2 of Gruden’s return to coaching after leaving the “Monday Night Football” broadcast booth, they have taken a big step back toward respectability after he was derided for going 4-12 last season while trading pass rusher Khalil Mack and wide receiver Amari Cooper.
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The merits of those deals still can be debated. But Gruden, at least, has provided some on-field justification for his roster reshaping and has demonstrated that he still can coach. The Raiders are at .500 halfway through their season even after dealing with all the preseason tumult surrounding wide receiver Antonio Brown, who was released just before the season following a practice-field confrontation with General Manager Mike Mayock. Before that, Brown missed time while dealing with injuries to his feet suffered while …read more
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