INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Las Vegas Raiders fell from the ranks unbeaten on Monday night.
The Raiders, starting 3–0 for the first time in nearly two decades, lost 28–14 to the Los Angeles Chargers at Sophie Stadium.
Arizona Cardinals (4-0) Now the only undefeated team in the NFL.
The first half on “Monday Night Football” was beyond disappointing for the Raiders (3-1), who only managed to get down a first and generated a total of 51 yards in offense. By comparison, the Chargers had 15 downs and 248 yards first.
Trailing 21–0 at halftime, the Raiders pulled within 21–14 in the third quarter on two touchdown passes from quarterback Derek Carr, but could not get any closer.
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The Raiders were set to make their first 3–0 start since the 2002 season, when they represented the AFC in the Super Bowl. But before they faced the Chargers, they faced understandable doubts. Eventually, the Raiders survived the close call with overtime victories against the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins, and their second win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who, like the Miami Dolphins, are 1–3.
The Chargers (3-1) looked like a far better competition, and went into a three-way tie with the Raiders and Denver Broncos over the AFC West with a win on Monday night.
In the first half, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert passed for three touchdowns and completed 20 of 25 passes for 175 yards. By comparison, Carr threw for 52 yards on a 7-for-13 passing.