The Los Angeles Chargers silenced all the Las Vegas Raiders fans in attendance in a packed SoFi Stadium on Monday Night Football. The state-of-the-art, $5 billion stadium had a mixture of silver, black, blue, and gold in a crucial AFC West clash which included a bizarre lightning delay.
Nonetheless, Justin Herbert worked his magic once again and led the Chargers to a 28-14 victory as he set another NFL record in his young career. The LA defense was fantastic and shut out the Raiders in the first half as Derwin James, and Joey Bosa continue to dominate the NFL.
However, Bosa wasn’t thrilled with some calls and ripped the referees after the game. Perhaps more interesting was Bosa’s comments directed toward Derek Carr after Brandon Staley’s defense continuously brought him to the ground.
Joey Bosa rips the refs for another blatant holding call that earned him an unsportsmanlike penalty
Bosa was frustrated after the game despite the victory. In the fourth quarter, Bosa earned an unsportsmanlike penalty for voicing his frustrations about a missed holding call– a blatant one, at that.
Bosa didn’t hold back one bit, either, and a fine is almost certainly headed his way after the comments (h/t Daniel Popper of The Athletic).
“The refs are blind. I’m sorry, but you’re blind. Like, open your eyes and do your job. It’s so bad. It’s unbelievable. …These guys have got to do a better job, because it’s been years of terrible, terrible missed calls left and right. It’s really pathetic, honestly.”
Late in the fourth quarter, Bosa was headed for a sack of Carr but was held by Alex Leatherwood. Bosa was terrorizing the Raiders rookie all game long and had a sack and a forced fumble earlier in the contest.
It wasn’t just this one call. It was all the calls over the year that refs have missed on one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Time after time after time they miss it, and Bosa was more than frustrated for that one, especially considering he got a flag for the play.
Bosa sounds off on Derek Carr after the Chargers’ huge victory on Monday night
The Raiders quarterback struggled immensely against the Chargers’ vicious defense on Monday night after an excellent start to the season. Carr also riled up everybody with some interesting comments about the Chargers fans earlier in the week.
Regardless, the final line for Carr doesn’t look as bad as the overall performance for the Raiders offense. He finished with a 21-for-34 line with 196 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception– thanks to Derwin James at the end of the game.
Bosa and the Bolts defense pestered Carr, and the LA Pro Bowler called him out for his struggles, saying the game plan was to get pressure on him– which is exactly what they did. (h/t Daniel Popper of The Athletic)
“We knew once we hit him a few times, he really gets shook. And you saw on (Covington’s) sack, he was pretty much curling into a ball before we even got back there. Great dude, great player…but we know once you get pressure on him, he kind of shuts down.”
The Chargers’ defense finished with four sacks and would have been five if it weren’t for that missed holding call earlier in the game. As good as Carr’s start to the season was, Staley and the Chargers executed their defensive game plan as perfectly as ever, and Bosa just spoke his mind.
Say hello to the first-place team in the AFC West
The Chargers sit enthroned in the AFC West, for now at least. In back-to-back weeks they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes at Arrowhead before beating the Raiders.
Three teams in the AFC West have 3-1 records, but the Chargers have looked like the best in the division in the early part of the season.
The following two weeks won’t get any easier with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens on the schedule. For now, all eyes are on the next Chargers-Raiders game, especially after Bosa’s comments about Carr. Unfortunately, everybody will have to wait for some time with the next matchup set for the final game of the year on January 9 in Las Vegas.
Who knows what will happen before then, but Carr must be bothered by Bosa’s comments.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference