Ballers & Busters for Raiders Week 18 vs Chargers

This game was so absolutely insane, it became challenging to sift through it to find the heroes and the goats. The game swung in completely different directions four times in regulation. And back the other direction in the overtime period.

The Raiders jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Midway through the second quarter, that lead turned into a 14-10 deficit. Then early in the fourth quarter, it ballooned to a 29-14 lead again. But two long touchdown drives in the final eight minutes would tie the game up at 29-29 and keep the game alive.

Each team scored on their drives in the overtime period. But no one scored a touchdown and since the Raiders got the ball first, that meant their second field goal was for the win.

Ballers

DE Maxx Crosby

As much energy as Crosby usually brings, he was a man possessed in this one. He made mincemeat out of Storm Norton to terrorize Justin Herbert and company all night.

Crosby nearly ended the Chargers’ first scoring drive when he got pressure to bat a Herbert pass down on third and two. But as happened a lot in this game, the Chargers went for it on fourth down and converted to keep the drive alive and finish with a touchdown.

Late in the second quarter, after the Raiders retook the lead 17-14, Crosby again burst into the Chargers’ backfield. Norton was flagged for holding and Crosby still affected Herbert’s throw. It fell incomplete and the penalty was declined to force a punt and end the first half.

The Chargers weren’t overly concerned because they knew they would be getting the ball first to begin the third quarter. A 42-yard reception put them at the Vegas 22-yard-line. Two plays resulted in losses and Crosby stopped the screen attempt at two yards. Dustin Hopkins came in to try and 51-yard field goal and missed it.

Crosby was in on the stop on third down on the Chargers’ next drive as well. This time they made a risky decision to go for it on fourth down at their own 18 and the run was stuffed for a loss and a…

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