Chargers Defeat Raiders On MNF

Jonathan Grant | October 5th, 2021

After four weeks of action in the National Football League, only one team remains unbeaten following Monday Night Football. On this edition, the Los Angeles Chargers welcomed the Las Vegas Raiders to town, and they utterly dominated their visitors early to end their perfect start and hand each team an identical 3-1 record. The first half was all LA as they ran out to a 21-0 lead at the half.

Bolts From the Blue

Justin Herbert threw three touchdown passes in the half, and the Chargers defense hardly allowed the Raiders to do anything but punt the ball downfield. For a while, the biggest highlight for the Raiders was a Hunter Renfrow, their punt returner, hit that caused a fake punt to be dropped and a drive ended. Though the Raiders did fight back with two touchdowns in the third quarter, they just couldn’t reduce the deficit all the way and the Chargers extended the lead back to 14 late in the going to seal the victory. Austin Ekeler was the man that scampered in from 11 yards there, completing a night that saw him rack up 117 on the ground on 15 carries. The Chargers’ defense only gave up 213 total yards and 13 first downs in the contest, showing just how dominant they were. Both teams, as well as the Denver Broncos, have matching 3-1 records through four games and are tied atop the AFC West by a game over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Arizona Cardinals are the only team still at 4-0 now. With 13 to go, it’s highly unlikely the Miami Dolphins’ age-old record will be equaled.

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