Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa made a comment about the Raiders, and it was not one that pleased the team.
On Monday Night Football, the Los Angeles Chargers silenced all of the Las Vegas Raiders supporters in attendance at a sold-out SoFi Stadium. In a critical AFC West match that featured a strange lightning delay, the state-of-the-art, $5 billion stadium was decked up in silver, black, blue, and gold.
Despite this, Justin Herbert worked his magic once again, leading the Chargers to a 28-14 win and setting yet another NFL record in his brief career. The Los Angeles defense was outstanding in the first half, shutting out the Raiders as Derwin James and Joey Bosa continue to dominate the NFL.
Bosa, on the other hand, was not pleased with some of the decisions and blasted the officials after the game. Perhaps more intriguing were Bosa’s remarks about Derek Carr after Brandon Staley’s defense repeatedly threw him to the ground.
Joey Bosa slams the officials for yet another egregious holding call, earning him an unsportsmanlike penalty.
As Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa #97 rushes in the first half of the game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Monday, October 4, 2021, Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr makes a no-look throw to Josh Jacobs #28. | Getty Images/Terry Pierson/The Press-Enterprise
Despite the win, Bosa was disappointed after the game. Bosa received an unsportsmanlike penalty in the fourth quarter for expressing his displeasure with a missed holding call–a clear one at that.
Bosa didn’t hold back either, and he’ll almost likely face a punishment as a result of his remarks (h/t Daniel Popper of The Athletic).
“The officials are deafeningly deafeningly deafening Sorry, but you’re deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafening Open your eyes and do your job, for example. It’s terrible. It’s incredible… These people need to step up their game, since they’ve been missing calls left and right for years. To be honest, it’s pathetic.”
Bosa was on his way to sack Carr late in the fourth quarter, but was stopped by Alex Leatherwood. Bosa terrorized the Raiders rookie throughout the game, recording a sack and a forced fumble early in the game.
It wasn’t simply this one call that caused the problem. It was all the missed calls by the officials during the season on one of the greatest pass rushers in the league. They consistently miss it, and Bosa was furious about it, particularly because he was awarded a flag for the play.
After the Chargers’ big win on Monday night, Bosa had some things to say about Derek Carr.
After a strong start to the season, the Raiders quarterback battled mightily against the Chargers’ ferocious defense on Monday night. Carr also enraged everyone earlier this week with some intriguing remarks regarding Chargers supporters.
Regardless, Carr’s final line does not seem to be as terrible as the Raiders offense’s entire performance. He completed the game with a 21-for-34 line for 196 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, due to a late-game interception by Derwin James.
Carr was harassed by Bosa and the Bolts defense, and the LA Pro Bowler chastised him for his difficulties, stating the game goal was to put pressure on him, which they accomplished. (h/t The Athletic’s Daniel Popper)
“We figured if we struck him a few times, he’d be very shaken. And as you can see on (Covington’s) sack, he was curled up into a ball before we even got back there. Wonderful player, great guy… However, we know that if you put pressure on him, he shuts down.”
The Chargers defense ended with four sacks, with five sacks possible if a botched holding call earlier in the game had not been made. As excellent as Carr’s start to the season was, Staley and the Chargers’ defensive game plan was executed well as usual, and Bosa just said what he felt.
Say welcome to the AFC West’s first-place team.
For the time being, the Chargers reign supreme in the AFC West. They beat the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes at Arrowhead in back-to-back weeks before defeating the Raiders.
Three teams in the AFC West have a 3-1 record, but the Chargers have looked like the best team in the league thus far.
With the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens on the schedule, the next two weeks aren’t going to be easy. For the time being, all eyes are on the Chargers’ upcoming game against the Raiders, particularly following Bosa’s remarks against Carr. Unfortunately, everyone will have to wait a while, as the next battle is scheduled for the year’s last game on January 9 in Las Vegas.
Who knows what will happen before then, but Bosa’s remarks must be bothering Carr.
Pro Football Reference provided the statistics.
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