The San Diego Chargers lost their fourth game in a row, turning out yet another unimpressive performance in front of a national audience on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football. The win put the Raiders on top of the AFC West at 5-4. Meanwhile, the Chargers (4-5) fell below .500 for the first time this season.
San Diego struggled to contain the Raiders pass-rush all night long. Already missing All-Pro guard Chris Dielman, who could be seen on the sidelines in street clothes, starting left tackle Marcus McNeill was carted of the field in the first quarter and did not return.
They lost starting right guard Luis Vasquez shortly after, who had moved over to fill in on the left side for Dielman. Brandyn Dombrowski came in for McNeill and got thoroughly blown up by the Raiders defense. Ultimately, it was QB Philip Rivers and the offense's inability to find any sort of rhythm against Oakland's aggressive, tenacious pass-rush that determined the outcome of this game.