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Philip Rivers completed 31 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders for a good performance but not a great one. Had he been able to lead San Diego on one more game-tying drive in overtime, or possibly the winning touchdown, then we're talking a great performance. But without his top receiver, rusher and a crumbling offensive line, he's fighting an uphill battle.
Running Back: B
Donald Brown started the game on a positive note with a short touchdown run to put San Diego up 7-0 in the first quarter, but he finished with just 17 yards on 14 carries. Danny Woodhead, meanwhile, was kept out of the end zone after scoring four touchdowns last week, and he totaled 70 yards from scrimmage.
Wide Receiver: B-
What a breakout performance by Dontrelle Inman to catch eight passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, but there were several drops in the receiving corps, and Inman was among them. Malcom Floyd and Javontee Herndon had three catches apiece, but it was mostly Inman getting open for the Chargers, as he was targeted 13 times by Rivers.
Tight End: D-
Ladarius Green couldn't properly secure a catch in the end zone, leading to a 30-yard touchdown being waved off, but by far the biggest blunder by a tight end was David Johnson's fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a touchdown for the Raiders on the other end.
Offensive Line: C-
Rivers was sacked just once behind an offensive line that had one starter out and two others leave due to injury, but it went for a safety. Joe Barksdale, moved from right tackle to left tackle mid-game, couldn't keep Denico Autry in front of him, and Rivers had nowhere to run backed up in his own end zone. Also, right guard D.J. Fluker was called for three penalties.
Defensive Line: B+
Kendall Reyes didn't wait long to come up with a big play on defense, tipping Derek Carr's first pass attempt and making the interception all in one. Reyes' first career interception led to the opening touchdown for San Diego and set the tone on defense.
Denzel Perryman was everywhere the ball went, compiling a team-high 11 tackles, 10 of them coming solo, but a costly unnecessary roughness penalty by him on 2nd-and-29 kept Oakland's drive in overtime alive. Melvin Ingram extended his streak of games with a sack to four, and Jeremiah Attaochu had three tackles for loss.
Defensive Back: B
Two of the best players in the secondary, Eric Weddle and Jason Verrett, were forced to leave with injuries, but Amari Cooper hindered by a foot injury on the Raiders side evened things out. Oakland had 204 yards through the air and one touchdown—a three-yard lob pass to Crabtree with rookie Craig Mager covering him. Jahleel Addae had a sack and pressured Carr into committing intentional grounding, backing up the Raiders as they were trying to get in field-goal range before the end of regulation.
Special Teams: C
Josh Lambo is getting away from being automatic, as he has missed a field goal in three straight games, including a 48-yard miss on Thursday. In the first nine games of the season, he was 17-of-19.
McCoy challenged what he thought was a bad spot in the second quarter but lost, and he picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in a critical part of the game. We tend to like aggressive coaches but not if their actions hurt the team.