Aidan O’Connell throws four touchdown passes while John Jenkins returns a fumble and Jack Jones scores a pick-six as the Las Vegas Raiders beat the Los Angeles Chargers 63-21 on Thursday night; the Chargers did not pass the 50-yard line until Joshua Palmer’s touchdown in the third quarter
Last Updated: 15/12/23 6:48am
The Las Vegas Raiders scored 42 points by half-time before posting a franchise-record tally as they embarrassed the Los Angeles Chargers 63-21 on Thursday night.
Four days on from losing 3-0 to the Minnesota Vikings, the Raiders set a team scoring record to top their previous best of 59-14 over the Denver Broncos on October 24, 2010.
The hosts led 42-0 at the break – just three points shy of the NFL record for half-time margin that was set in 2009 when New England led Tennessee 45-0 – in what marked the Chargers’ largest-ever deficit after two quarters.
Aidan O’Connell threw all four of his touchdown passes in the first half as he finished with 248 yards passing, while Davante Adams caught eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, his first 100-yard game since Week Three against Pittsburgh.
Las Vegas’ defense scored second-half touchdowns on a John Jenkins fumble recovery and Jack Jones interception, the first time the Raiders logged two defensive scores since 2006.
The Chargers had been without starting quarterback Justin Herbert after he was ruled out for the rest of the season having undergone surgery to repair a broken finger. Star wide receiver Keenan Allen, who has 1,243 yards and seven touchdowns on the year, was also absent due to a heel issue.
Los Angeles Chargers
- Passing: Easton Stick, 23/32, 257 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
- Rushing: Isaiah Spiller, 16 carries, 50 yards
- Receiving: Joshua Palmer, 4 catches, 113 yards, 1 TD
Las Vegas Raiders
- Passing: Aidan O’Connell, 20/34m 248 yards, 4 TDs
- Rushing: Zamir White, 17 carries, 69 yards, 1 TD
- Receiving: Davante Adams, 8 catches, 101 yards, 1 TD
Los Angeles quarterback Easton Stick, making his first start in place of the injured Herbert, completed 23 of 32 passes for 257 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception.
The result increases the pressure on Chargers coach Brandon Staley, following up Sunday’s defeat to the Denver Broncos in leaving his side 5-9, bottom of the AFC West and with just one win in their last six.
Such was their commanding lead the Raiders ran three straight gadget plays during the second quarter: wide receiver Jakobi Meyers completed a pass to Davante Adams, receiver Tre Tucker was given the ball on a running play and then Brandon Bolden scored on a 26-yard run out of the wildcat formation.
To open the second half, Meyers hooked up with Adams again, this time on a three-yard touchdown strike for a 49-0 lead.
Los Angeles finally broke through on its next possession when Stick found Joshua Palmer for a 79-yard touchdown, marking the first time the Chargers had made it past the 50.
|Chargers 0-7 Raiders
|Zamir White one-yard rushing TD (extra point)
|Chargers 0-14 Raiders
|Aidan O’Connell 30-yard TD pass to Tre Tucker (extra point)
|Chargers 0-21 Raiders
|Aidan O’Connell 22-yard TD pass to Jakobi Meyers (extra point)
|Chargers 0-28 Raiders
|Aidan O’Connell 11-yard TD pass to Michael Mayer (extra point)
|Chargers 0-35 Raiders
|Brandon Bolden 26-yard rushing TD (extra point)
|Chargers 0-42 Raiders
|Aidan O’Connell 20-yard TD pass to Tre Tucker (extra point)
|Chargers 0-49 Raiders
|Jakobi Meyers three-yard TD pass to Davante Adams (extra point)
|Chargers 7-49 Raiders
|Easton Stick 79-yard TD pass to Joshua Palmer (extra point)
|Chargers 7-56 Raiders
|John Jenkins 44-yard fumble return (extra point)
|Chargers 7-63 Raiders
|Jack Jones 16-yard interception return (extra point)
|Chargers 14-63 Raiders
|Easton Stick 13-yard TD pass to Alex Erickson (extra point)
|Chargers 21-63 Raiders
|Easton Stick six-yard TD pass to Quentin Johnston (extra point)
What did they say?
Chargers running back Austin Ekeler: “We got our (butts) kicked. That’s all I got for you.”
Chargers head coach Brandon Staley: “We just didn’t have a good game tonight. We didn’t have it from the beginning to the end. It’s just one of those games where nothing went right for us. We got a good group of guys, but it was just one of those games where all three phases, the worst thing happened to us tonight. It’s a reflection of all of us.”
Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams: “It shows the resilience we have as a group. You can easily let something like that (the team’s 3-0 loss to the Vikings) get in your head and throw off the rest of the season. To bounce back in just a short amount of time in front of you, that’s the type of response we’re going to need.”
Raiders interim head coach Antonio Pierce: “We knew at halftime what the record was. We want to be aggressive regardless of what the score was. If we had 21 or 10, we were going to be aggressive. That was our mindset.”
The Chargers play host to the playoff-chasing Buffalo Bills (7-6) on December 23, while the Raiders are on the road against their AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs on Christmas Day.
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