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Davante Adams powers Raiders to 27-20 win over Chargers

Mike Florio and Peter King discuss the Cincinnati Bengals' showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs and wonder why the Bengals aren't being taken more seriously as viable AFC contenders.

The Raiders traded for wide receiver Davante Adams this offseason because they thought he could make game-changing plays for their offense and Adams did exactly that on Sunday.

Las Vegas trailed 13-10 at halftime, but they would quickly erase that deficit. One play after an Austin Ekeler fumble on the first drive of the third quarter, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr hit Adams for a 31-yard touchdown and the duo would hook up again for a 45-yard score a couple of minutes later. That pushed the Raiders to a 24-13 lead and they would go on to win the game 27-20.

Adams finished the day with eight catches for a season-high 177 yards and Carr was 16-of-30 for 250 yards and an interception that Bryce Callahan returned for a touchdown in the first quarter. Running back Josh Jacobs ran 26 times for 144 yards and a touchdown, which leaves him with a league-best 1,303 rushing yards on the season.

The Chargers didn’t score an offensive touchdown until Justin Herbert connected with Keenan Allen for a 35-yard score in the fourth quarter and they gave themselves a chance to tie the score by forcing a Raiders punt, but Herbert threw a pair of incompletions near midfield to put the kibosh on comeback hopes. Herbert was 28-of-47 for 335 yards while being sacked five times and being pressured throughout the afternoon.

The loss drops the Chargers to 6-6 and cost them a chance to make up ground in the AFC playoff race in a week that saw the Patriots, Jets, and Dolphins all lose their games. They will host the Dolphins next Sunday night and a loss in that game will leave the Chargers with almost no margin for error if they are going to advance to the postseason.

Las Vegas will move on to a Thursday night game against the Rams. A win would give them a four-game winning streak and a 6-7 mark on the year. That would likely keep some slim playoff hopes alive, but it’s more realistic that this late winning streak will have to serve as a building block for 2023 and beyond.