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Mack, Herbert Lead Chargers Past Raiders in Week 4


The Chargers are 2-2 after a 24-17 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Here is a recap from Week 4:

First Quarter

Keenan Allen and Sebastian Joseph-Day were the Chargers captains. The Raiders won the toss and elected to defer. The Bolts started on offense at their own 14-yard line but hit a big play early when Derius Davis had a 51-yard run on the second play of the game. The Bolts had third-and-5 at the Raiders 19 and Herbert was sacked, but an offsides call on the Raiders gave the Chargers offense a first down. Herbert then took over on the ground, first showing off a nasty stiff arm on Las Vegas' Isaac Rochell.

The Bolts quarterback then got into the end zone for the first score of the game from 12 yards out on the ground. The Chargers put together a nine-play, 86-yard drive to take an early 7-0 lead.

The Raiders started at their own 25-yard line but quickly went three-and-out after Khalil Mack notched his first sack of the season on third down.

Up 7-0, the Bolts nearly advanced to midfield but their drive stalled out. Las Vegas began at their own 36 after a Bolts punt. The Raiders hit a chunk play through the air before a defensive pass interference call moved the ball into the red zone. Las Vegas tied the game on a 1-yard rushing score from Aidan O'Connell with just under a minute to play. The game was knotted at 7 at the end of the quarter.

Second Quarter

The Bolts faced third-and-2 at their own 34 early in the quarter before Herbert pulled off a magical move to find Quentin Johnston for a first down. The play was initially ruled incomplete but the Bolts challenged the play and it was overturned.

The Chargers drove into the red zone but were unable to cash in, leading to a 33-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker with 10:42 left in the second quarter. The Raiders then coughed the ball up as O'Connell dropped the pigskin while bering pressured in the pocket. Chris Rumph II recovered at the Raiders 36. Herbert scrambled for 3 yards on the ensuing drive — eluding Maxx Crosby in the process — but was hit late (and up high) for Las Vegas' Jerry Tillery, who was ejected for the personal foul.

The Chargers, fired up after the hit, added to their lead when Herbert hit Keenan Allen for a 7-yard score to increase the lead to 17-7.

The Raiders started at their own 25 but the drive ended quickly when Mack stripped-sacked O'Connell, with Austin Johnson recovering on the Las Vegas 35. That was Mack's second sack of the day.

The Chargers offense took advantage of the turnover with a short touchdown drive as Herbert scored on a QB sneak on fourth-and-goal from the 1. The Bolts led 24-7 with just over three minutes to play in the second quarter and kept up the defensive pressure by forcing a three-and-out against the Raiders. But the Bolts couldn't take advantage as they were forced to punt. The Chargers defense then forced a punt as the half came to a close with the Bolts leading 24-7.

Third Quarter

Mack — who had a pair of sacks in the first half — opened the third quarter on fire with 2.0 sacks on the Raiders first drive of the half.

The Chargers offense could't sustain a drive after being pinned deep in their own territory. Mack added sack No. 5 on the day, which tied his own career high and also matched a Chargers franchise record. But the Raiders managed to cut into the Bolts lead with a 22-yard field goal that made it 24-10. The Bolts began on their own 25 and moved to midfield but Herbert's third-down pass was intercepted to end the drive. The Raiders marched past midfield with possession as the quarter came to a close.

Fourth Quarter

The Raiders drove into the red zone but a personal foul on Las Vegas and Mack's 6th sack of the game pushed them out of field goal range. Mack set a franchise single-game record with his sack.

The Bolts started at their own 13 but couldn't get much going, especially after a second-down sack on Herbert. The Bolts punted it away and Las Vegas drove down the field and got into the red zone. The Raiders capped their drive with a 1-yard touchdown run on the ground as the Chargers lead was trimmed to 24-17 with 3:59 to play. The Bolts took over at their own 25 and soon faced fourth-and-1 at the 34. The offense stayed on the field but Herbert was stopped on a quarterback sneak. The Raiders took over at the Chargers 34 and moved to the 22 before Mack had a pass deflection that made it third-and-10. The Raiders faced fourth-and-10 at the 22 but Las Vegas picked up a first down. But the drive was was thwarted when Asante Samuel, Jr. picked off O'Connell near the goal line.

The Chargers took over at their own 11 with 2:33 to play and made the Raiders burn their final timeout. The Bolts faced third and 10 before Herbert hit Joshua Palmer with a dime for 51 yards to ice the game. The Chargers picked up a 24-17 win and moved to 2-2. They have a bye in Week 5.

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