Every gameday is special, but Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers was a little different. For the Oakland Raiders Week 5 showdown I spent the day watching the game with defensive tackle Justin Ellis who is currently on the Reserve/Injured list, but is in the middle of his rehab and anxious to return to action.
Division battles always mean a little bit extra, and Sunday’s game against the Bolts didn’t disappoint.
Here are the Extra Points from Week 5:
1. Following a Bruce Irvin sack in the first quarter, Ellis let out a roar of approval for his fellow defensive lineman.
2. The first quarter was all defense, with both offenses struggling to score touchdowns in the red zone.
3. Even though Ellis isn’t playing with his teammates, he’s still studying the game. On a Chargers offensive series, Ellis heard quarterback Philip Rivers call out “Tiger” over the broadcast and predicted that it was a run play going to the left side.
4. With 4:04 left in the second quarter Raiders defensive end Frostee Rucker was announced questionable to return with a neck injury.
5. The Chargers may have got off to a slow start in the first quarter, but the team scored 14 points in the second quarter to give them a two score lead headed into halftime.
6. With 11 seconds left in the second quarter, the Raiders brought out the special teams unit to attempt a 57-yard field goal. Rookie kicker Matt McCrane drilled the ball straight, but it fell just short of the uprights.
7. Wasn’t the best day for the rookie offensive and defensive linemen, as both had neutral zone infraction and false start penalties called against them.
8. Rucker returned to action after being questionable to return.
9. It was a tough day at the office for the Raiders offense, with a couple of turnovers preventing them from getting any points on the board.
10. Late in the fourth quarter, with the team trailing, Carr and the offense converted on fourth down. The conversion set up the Raiders’ first touchdown of the day, a quick pass to Jordy Nelson.
11. Martavis Bryant finished the day as the Raiders leading receiver with 91 yards.
12. The Raiders were unable to defeat the Chargers on the road, which brings the team's division record to 0-2, and remain winless on the road.