The Chargers got big games from Keenan Allen and running back Kalen Ballage, but failed to complete a comeback bid in the final seconds of the game, falling to the Raiders 31-26 on Sunday afternoon in SoFi Stadium.
Justin Herbert played a fairly clean game, going 28-for-42 for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns with zero turnovers. The Chargers’ ground game was led the recently-signed Ballage who finished with 15 carries for 69 yards and the team’s lone rushing score on the evening. He also chipped in a pair of catches for 15 yards.
Allen did his usual thing, leading the team in receptions and yards with nine catches for 103 and a touchdown. Mike Williams was second in both categories with five receptions for 81 yards.
Defensively, the Bolts desperately missed Joey Bosa. Even though the Raiders were without their two starting offensive tackles, Derek Carr was taken down just once, a strip-sack by defensive tackle Jerry Tillery.
The Bolts fell to 2-6 on the year and 0-3 in the AFC West. The Raiders improved to 5-3 and 2-0 in the division.