Extra Points: Johnny Townsend has career day for the special teams unit

It’s been a disappointing season for the Oakland Raiders, no one expected to be 1-8, but here we are. Entering the Week 10 showdown, the Los Angeles Chargers were coming off the team’s fifth win in a row, and that number increased to six after the Raiders fell at home Sunday. It was the Raiders’ fifth consecutive loss, and while the outcome of the game was negative, there were still a few positives.

Here are the Extra Points from Sunday’s game:

1. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Raiders welcomed many members of the military to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, paying homage to those who have served.

2. Prior to kick, the Chargers won the coin toss, but deferred and the Raiders started the game with the ball.

3. Carr’s first pass of the game was a completion to Brandon LaFell for a gain of 10, and a Raiders’ first down.

4. Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman was injured on the first drive of the game, and was helped off the field by the Chargers training staff. Perryman was later listed as questionable to return .

5. After failing to convert a third down on the first drive of the game, the Raiders brought out the special teams unit. With punter Johnny Townsend back for the snap, the team pulled a fast one against the Chargers, and ran a well-executed fake punt. Townsend streaked down the sidelines for a 42-yard gain, and put the team within the red zone.

6. The gutsy play-calling didn’t stop there, on fourth down, and the Raiders on the goal line, the team went for it, but came up short of the end zone.

7. Backed up deep in their own territory, the Chargers were unable to reach the first down marker, and were forced to punt after the Raiders fourth down attempt.

8. With 2:51 left in the first quarter, the Raiders put points on the board first, as kicker Daniel Carlson knocked a 46-yarder through the uprights.

9. The Raiders defense forced back-to-back three-and-outs to start the game.

10. At the end of the first quarter the Raiders led 3-0, and out-gained the Chargers 135 to 6.

11. On 3rd and 8, Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram bull dozed his way through the offensive line, sacking Derek Carr, and forced a fumble which the Bolts recovered.

12. For most of the first half the Raiders defense was excellent in coverage, eliminating several of Philip Rivers’ targets.

13. The Raiders defense registered its first sack in three weeks, courtesy of rookie defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. It was the former Michigan Wolverine’s third sack of the season, and tied for the team lead.

14. Jordy Nelson suffered a quad injury in the second quarter, and was listed as questionable to return.

15. Rookie punter Johnny Townsend showed off his speed earlier with a 42-yard run, and later he showed off his leg with a 57-yard punt.

16. First touchdown of the day came on an 11-yard pass from Philip Rivers to Pro Bowl wide receiver Keenan Allen, putting the Chargers up 10-3.

17. At the end of the first half the Chargers led 10-3, but the Raiders were winning the time of possession battle, and were out-gaining the Bolts offensively.

18. Earlier in the first half, Nelson was questionable to return with a quad injury, but he returned to action with nine minutes left in the third quarter.

19. Up two touchdowns, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers tried to keep the momentum on his side with a deep pass that would put the offense within scoring range, but Raiders safety Marcus Gilchrist leapt in the air and hauled in the first interception of the day.

20. Townsend was of of the lone bright spots for the Raiders through three quarters of action, averaging 54 yards per punt on three attempts, and rushed for 42 yards on a fake punt.

21. Late in the third quarter athletic wide receiver Martavis Bryant was ruled out.

22. At the end of the third quarter, running back Doug Martin had 92 yards of total offense, and was averaging over four yards per carry.

The Raiders will travel to Arizona next week for a battle with the Cardinals.

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