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Carr-Adams connection rallies Raiders past Chargers 27-20

Sun Dec 4 10:22pm ET
By MARK ANDERSON
AP Sports Writer

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Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs (39) celebrates with cornerback Sam Webb (27) after the Los Angeles Chargers turned the ball over on downs during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas. The Raiders won 27-20. (AP Photo/David Becker)


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Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates his touchdown reception as he runs past fans during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)


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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Matt York)


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Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) carries for a first down during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)


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Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) celebrates his touchdown with tight end Foster Moreau (87) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)


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Los Angeles Chargers tight end Tre' McKitty (88) is tackled by Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs (39) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)


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Los Angeles Chargers place kicker Cameron Dicker (15) celebrates his field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Matt York)


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LAS VEGAS (AP) The last time the Raiders played at home, they lost to an Indianapolis Colts team playing for an interim coach and Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr emotionally criticized some unnamed teammates for not completely buying in.

Carr had no trouble smiling Sunday following the Raiders' 27-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

The suddenly hot Raiders (5-7) are 3-0 since Carr's teary news conference.

''Things needed to be said,'' Carr said after passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns against Los Angeles. ''Things needed to be handled. When you love a place so much, you put your heart into it. To see the way we've responded since then, it's a proud moment for me. I'm happy about it, but we've got a long way to go.''

The loss was a significant setback for the Chargers (6-6), who are just outside the playoff picture.

Carr went back to longtime friend Davante Adams to turn a 13-10 halftime deficit into a 24-13 lead in the third quarter the Raiders never gave back.

Carr completed a 31-yarder to Adams for the first touchdown 32 seconds into the third quarter. Less than four minutes later, the duo hooked up on a 45-yard flea flicker for another score.

''The third quarter was where the game was decided today,'' Chargers coach Brandon Staley said. ''That was the story, those two big passes.''

Adams caught eight passes for 177 yards, surpassing 1,000 yards for the fourth time since 2018. He also has 85 career touchdown catches, moving past Calvin Johnson for fifth most for a receiver in his first nine seasons.

''The stats mean a lot to me in the sense that I'm holding up my end of the bargain,'' Adams said. ''I'm doing what I've got to do. The efficiency part of it is big, too. We've got to make sure we're being as efficient as possible and let the stats and of all that take care of themselves down the road.

''Ultimately, I wanted to get the ball so I can put the team in position to win games.''

Josh Jacobs rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown, and the Raiders improved to 5-1 this season when has 100 or more yards. For the season, Jacobs has 1,303 yards, the most in Raiders history through 12 games.

''Whenever you call something (where Adams or Jacobs) have a good chance of touching the football, you feel pretty good about it,'' Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said. ''They're the reason for that. They come through over and over again in critical situations.

''Two really gifted football players.''

That combination on offense backed an aggressive defense that sacked Justin Herbert five times and split their season series with the Chargers.

Chandler Jones entered with just a half-sack, but the defensive end recorded three in the first half alone. He also tackled Herbert a yard short of the first down on a fourth-and-2 in the first quarter.

Herbert completed 28 of 47 passes for 335 yards for this 20th career 300-yard game.

''They've got really good front seven, and they're really well coached,'' Herbert said. ''It was unfortunate we didn't make enough plays today. But those guys up front did a great job of battling and fighting all day. This is one of those things that you have to watch (video), get better at and learn from.''

Herbert nearly rallied the Chargers from a 14-point deficit. On fourth-and-10, he rolled right and fired a 35-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen with 8:34 left to bring Los Angeles to within 27-20. It was Allen's 50th career TD reception.

Raiders cornerback Amik Robertson played tight coverage on Allen, who told the Los Angeles Times last week that the Las Vegas defensive backs would be ''barbecued chicken'' if they played single coverage on him.

Allen, who caught six passes for 88 yards, missed the last seven games with a hamstring injury.

''The good thing about it is we won,'' Robertson said. ''I was hoping they could come back at (Allen) again. I told him, `The game's on the line now.'''

INJURIES

Chargers: DT Sebastian Joseph-Day injured his right knee late in the game. Staley didn't provide further information.

Raiders: CB Nate Hobbs and TE Foster Moreau were evaluated for potential concussions in the first half, but both returned.

UP NEXT

Chargers: Host the Miami Dolphins next Sunday night.

Raiders: Play at the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night.

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Deebo Samuel Dec 4 10:30pm ET
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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel was targeted 10 times and caught six passes for 58 yards in the Niners' 33-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins. He also carried the ball four times for five yards. While the loss of QB Jimmy Garoppolo for the season might hurt the 49ers offense, it could mean more targets for Samuel. Brock Purdy, who replaced Garoppolo, was throwing a lot of underneath passes and averaged 5.7 yards per attempt in Week 13. Samuel runs a lot of underneath routes. His average depth of target this year is 4.8 yards. Samuel goes to Tampa Bay for a showdown with the Buccaneers in Week 14.

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Mason Crosby Dec 4 10:30pm ET
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Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby made two field goals and converted both of his extra point attempts during the team's 29-18 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 13. The 38-year-old kicker has converted two field goals for the second week in a row. Crosby has not been scoring fantasy points at a high enough rate to hold him on the bench through the team's Week 14 bye, but he will continue to be a boom-or-bust streaming option in plus matchups moving forward. With the Packers set to face the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15, the veteran kicker will remain on the streaming radar for those struggling to find production at the position.

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Allen Lazard Dec 4 10:20pm ET
Allen Lazard

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard caught 5-of-6 targets for 67 yards during the team's 28-19 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 13. The 26-year-old led the Packers in receiving Sunday but finished with fewer than 10 fantasy points in Half-PPR leagues for the fourth week in a row. The presence of rookie Christian Watson has taken away the touchdown upside Lazard once possessed, making him nothing more than a risky FLEX option, even in plus matchups. His target share has been inconsistent over the past month, and rookie Romeo Doubs will likely make his return after the team's Week 14 bye, further muddying the waters. Fantasy managers will need to adjust their expectations of the fifth-year receiver moving forward, but he will still be within FLEX consideration in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Robert Tonyan Dec 4 10:20pm ET
Robert Tonyan

Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan caught one of his two targets and gained 10 yards during the team's 29-18 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 13. The 28-year-old has become an afterthought in the Packers' offense over the past month, catching just seven passes for a grand total of 57 yards. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has hyper-targeted his wide receiver duo of Allen Lazard and Christian Watson while dumping off the majority of the rest of his passes to the running back duo of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. With rookie Romeo Doubs (ankle) likely to return after Green Bay's Week 14 bye, the target share is unlikely to shift back toward Tonyan anytime soon. The sixth-year tight end can be safely dropped to the waiver wire, as he will be off the streaming radar unless he proves to be a stable fantasy option moving forward.

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Christian McCaffrey Dec 4 10:10pm ET
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San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey carried the ball 17 times for 66 yards and hauled in 8 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown in the Niners' 33-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins. McCaffrey was targeted 10 times, tied for the team lead, and his 17 carries were the most he's had since Week 8. McCaffrey probably benefited from the absence of Elijah Mitchell, who is missing the rest of the season with an MCL injury. In his absence, McCaffrey dominated the carries. Rookie RB Jordan Mason looked good on eight carries and could see more going forward. The loss of QB Jimmy Garoppolo (foot) in the first quarter also meant more short passing, as backup QB Brock Purdy threw shorter passes. McCaffrey will be a must-start again next week against Tampa Bay.

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Christian Watson Dec 4 10:10pm ET
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Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford (neck) has a spinal cord contusion, and he is likely to miss the remainder of the season. Head coach Sean McVay said Sunday, Dec. 4 that Stafford is likely done for 2022, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Stafford's neck issue is causing numbness in his legs.

Fantasy Spin: The Rams slipped 3-9, so there is no sense is risking further damage to Stafford if he is healthy enough to return from the reserve/injured list in Week 17, as the defending champs are no longer in pursuit of a playoff spot. If his season is done, he finishes with 2,087 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine starts.

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Fantasy Spin: If Jackson is forced to miss time, and certainly sounds like he might miss at least one game, Tyler Huntley would get the starting nod. Bench Jackson in all fantasy leagues until more is known about the extent of his injuries.

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