SAN DIEGO – The Raiders defense put forth its best performance of the season on Sunday afternoon. They gave up two field goals and a touchdown where the San Diego Chargers took possession 22 yards from pay dirt.
That’s just 13 points. Even a Raiders offense ranked dead last in scoring averages more points than that.
Didn’t matter. Raiders still lost. They fell to 0-10 this season following a 13-6 loss at Qualcomm Stadium due to an offense stuck in neutral or, in the third quarter, reverse.
That point resonated with offensive players despondent over the fact they couldn’t make enough to plays to validate their defense’s effort.
“It’s hard thinking about how well the defense played,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “You want to play better for them, but this is a team game. You’ve got to stay together and you’ve got to keep fighting.”
The defense didn’t point fingers after the latest loss. That unit looked inward instead.
Despite recording two sacks, five tackles for losses and four additional quarterback hits, the Raiders believed they could’ve done better.
“We played good,” free safety Charles Woodson said. “Somewhere along the line, we have to come up with a play that can change the game around. We are looking for those game-changing plays. Right now, we aren’t getting them.”