Raiders survive Chargers with clutch PBUs by Isaiah Johnson, replay

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Go ahead, check that first box on the Las Vegas Raiders‘ three-game march through the AFC West.

Because with a 31-26 win at the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, the Raiders not only improved to 5-3 on the season, but, perhaps more importantly, 2-0 in the division. And with the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, who were handed their lone loss of the season by Las Vegas, coming to Allegiant Stadium the next two weeks, the Raiders gave themselves a greater opportunity at the midway point of the season to actually make some legitimate, second-half noise.

Describe the game in two words: Thanks, replay. It came down to two plays in the final seconds and replay proved winners out of the Raiders, as Donald Parham Jr.’s apparent winning touchdown on the final play was overruled when replay showed that he lost the ball on the way to the ground. Either way, the Raiders — who, since realignment in 2002, have played their three AFC West foes in consecutive games just seven times entering this season, never once finishing those stretches with a winning mark — took a step in the right direction.

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