Looking at the bright side of things after a gut-wrenching loss late is difficult to do. But let’s give it a try.
The Oakland Raiders had a potential win within reach for most of the game on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. They fell apart after a missed extra point gave the Chargers a window for the eventual game-winning field goal, but there were still enough notable individual games for yet another standout performances article. Got to get this posted before the Raiders defense allows another pass to a tight end.
5. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR
Patterson only had a single catch for 5 yards, but he made his impact in other areas. He got 3 carries for 55 yards, the majority of those coming on a go-ahead end-around TD midway through the final period. Patterson also took his lone kick return 39 yards to set the Raiders up for a field goal before halftime, adding to his league-leading average. He’s a dynamic weapon that can help the team in a multitude of ways.
4. Marquette King, P
Again with the punter making this list? Well, King has arguably been the best punter in the NFL this season. All four of his punts in this game were 50+ yards AND inside the 20-yard line. King is averaging 52.7 yards a punt, has a net average of 47.4 and has put 13 kicks inside the 20. He can also dance.
Edwards Jr. can’t stop tying with his fellow defensive linemen apparently. He and Ellis were instrumental in limiting Melvin Gordon to an average of 3.32 yards per carry. MEJ had 6 total tackles, while Ellis had 5. The run defense faltered in crunch time, but it was an encouraging performance from the duo otherwise.
2. Michael Crabtree, WR
Crabtree has been steady all season, and he got another touchdown pass from Derek Carr in this one, a 26-yard strike in the first quarter. He had 5 additional grabs for a total of 52 yards. His yardage output has decreased in light of Carr’s injury and the offense going more conservative, but Crabtree is presently still the most reliable wideout on the team.
1. T.J. Carrie, CB
In the midst of a disappointing season from most of the Raiders defensive backs, Carrie has continually gotten better each week, and Sunday was perhaps his best outing yet. Philip Rivers targeted him 5 times, completing just 3 passes for 9 yards. Carrie also had 2 pass breakups and 8 total tackles, which led the team. If the other corners want to improve, they should look to T.J. as an example.