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NFL Week 1 Game Recap: Los Angeles Chargers 24, Las Vegas Raiders 19

Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) as he throws a touchdown pass to Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver DeAndre Carter (not pictured) in the second quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers opened their season with a confidence-inspiring division win, gaining a measure of revenge over the Las Vegas Raiders for the game that ended their season last year. They finished with a 24-19 win at home.

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Offensive spotlight: Davante Adams is going to be just fine as a Raider. Without Aaron Rodgers throwing him the football, Adams still saw 17 targets and had 10 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. When Derek Carr needed a play, he only had eyes for Adams.

Defensive spotlight: Khalil Mack came back to haunt his old team with a major impact performance in his first game for the Chargers. Mack sacked Carr three times, including a crucial one in the fourth quarter that effectively ended any chance of a Raiders comeback. The Mack/Joey Bosa partnership looks like a major problem for the rest of the league.

Rookie spotlight: Rookies saw significant snaps for both teams along the offensive line. Zion Johnson played all game at guard for the Chargers, giving up a couple of pressures but performing well as a pass-blocker overall. Dylan Parham started at right guard for the Raiders but didn’t see out the game.  Las Vegas shuffled multiple times on the offensive line.

Offensive line spotlight: The Raiders' offensive line saw seven different players see significant snaps, using at least three different line combinations over the course of the game. Despite the sacks from the Chargers, the line held up well in pass protection generally but was notably worse in grade as a run-blocking unit.

Betting Summary

Betting Odds Closing Result
Spread LAC -3.5 LAC Covers
O/U 52.5 Under

Box Score

Passing
Las Vegas Raiders
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Derek Carr 16.8 22 / 37 295 8 2 3
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Justin Herbert 23.26 26 / 34 279 8.2 3 0
Rushing
Las Vegas Raiders
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Brandon Bolden 10.8 3 7 2.3 0 5
Josh Jacobs 8.3 10 57 5.7 0 18
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Justin Herbert 23.26 4 1 0.2 0 3
Austin Ekeler 11.2 14 36 2.6 0 8
Zander Horvath 8.8 1 2 2 0 2
Joshua Kelley 5.5 4 21 5.2 0 12
Joshua Palmer 3.9 1 4 4 0 4
Sony Michel 1.2 7 12 1.7 0 6
Receiving
Las Vegas Raiders
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Davante Adams 33.1 17 10 141 8.3 1
Darren Waller 11.9 6 4 79 13.2 0
Brandon Bolden 10.8 2 2 21 10.5 1
Josh Jacobs 8.3 1 1 16 16 0
Hunter Renfrow 5.1 6 3 21 3.5 0
Mack Hollins 2.6 1 1 16 16 0
Jakob Johnson 1.1 1 1 1 1 0
Ameer Abdullah 0 1 0 0 0 0
Los Angeles Chargers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
DeAndre Carter 15.4 4 3 64 16 1
Gerald Everett 14.4 4 3 54 13.5 1
Austin Ekeler 11.2 4 4 36 9 0
Keenan Allen 10.6 4 4 66 16.5 0
Zander Horvath 8.8 2 2 6 3 1
Joshua Kelley 5.5 2 2 14 7 0
Tre' McKitty 5.4 4 3 24 6 0
Joshua Palmer 3.9 4 3 5 1.2 0
Mike Williams 3 4 2 10 2.5 0
Richard Rodgers 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jalen Guyton 0 1 0 0 0 0

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