The first Thursday night game of the NFL season has featured plenty of excitement and we are just 15 minutes into the game. For a game that means so much in the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers came to play.
The Raiders received the ball to begin the game and were forced to punt and a three-and-out.
The Chargers used a lateral pass in route of a 40-yard return that put the Chargers offense deep into Oakland territory. Despite a strong effort from Ryan Matthews (14 yards on three carries, one reception for 19 yards) San Diego was unable to punch the ball into the end zone. Nick Novak converted a 20-yard field goal to give the Chargers an early 3-0 lead.
Since the field goal, it has been the Michael Bush show. Filling in for the injured Darren McFadden, Bush has already rushed for 78 yards on thirteen carries, including a one-yard touchdown rush in which he hurdled the offensive line.
With a lead of 7-3, Oakland came away with another strong drive and capped it off with a 26-yard field goal from Sebastian Janikowski. With 11:02 remaining in the first half, they lead 10-3.