Oct 4, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dominant first half carries Chargers past Raiders

Justin Herbert passed for 222 yards and three touchdowns to help the Los Angeles Chargers notch a 28-14 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night at Inglewood, Calif.

Austin Ekeler accounted for two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) and had 145 scrimmage yards (117 rushing, 28 receiving) for the Chargers. Jared Cook and Donald Parham Jr. also caught scoring passes, Herbert completed 25 of 38 passes and Derwin James had an interception for Los Angeles (3-1).

Derek Carr connected on 21 of 34 passes for 196 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for Las Vegas. Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller caught touchdown passes for the Raiders (3-1).

The result created a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West between the Raiders, Chargers and Denver Broncos. The reigning division champion Kansas City Chiefs are last at 2-2.

The Raiders, who were averaging a league-high 471 yards of total offense entering the game, managed just 213 yards. Los Angeles gained 380 and had a 25-13 edge in first downs.

The start of the game was delayed for 35 minutes due to lightning strikes in the area.

After trailing 21-0 at halftime, the Raiders got on the board when they took the second half kickoff and drove 78 yards on 11 plays. Carr finished the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Renfrow.

The next time Las Vegas possessed the ball, it navigated 81 yards on six plays. Carr hit Waller with a 3-yard touchdown pass to pull the visitors within 21-14 with 1:44 left in the third quarter.

Daniel Carlson missed a 52-yard field-goal attempt for the Raiders with 10:38 left in the game. The Chargers capitalized and made it a 14-point margin with Ekeler scoring on an 11-yard scamper with 5:20 remaining.

James picked off Carr with 3:14 left as Los Angeles finished the impressive victory.

The Chargers dominated the first half, racking up 248 yards and 15 first downs while limiting the Raiders to 51 yards and one first down. In fact, Las Vegas racked up more penalty yards (53) than total offense over the first 30 minutes. The Raiders also had 0 total yards in the first quarter.

The Chargers scored on the first possession of the game, driving 75 yards on 12 plays in 6:59. Herbert capped it with a 4-yard scoring pass to Parham.

Los Angeles increased its lead to 14-0 when Herbert connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Cook with 4:16 left in the half. Herbert hit Ekeler with a 14-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining to make it 21-0.

–Field Level Media

February 7, 2020; Pebble Beach, California, USA; Eli Manning (left) and Peyton Manning (right) walk on the 11th hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Monterey Peninsula Country Club - Shore Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton, Eli Manning to lead alternate Monday Night Football broadcast

Peyton and Eli Manning will headline a new alternate Monday Night Football broadcast starting this fall, ESPN announced Monday.

The Manning-led broadcast will be shown on ESPN2 and will cover 10 games in each of the next three seasons.

ESPN will continue to air its main Monday night broadcasts on ESPN and ABC.

The Monday Night Football MegaCast will be broadcast remotely and feature other analysts, celebrities and a yet-to-be-named host.

“Offering multiple Monday Night Football viewing options for the next three seasons continues our innovation efforts and provides additional value for our fans,” ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement. “Peyton and Eli will bring a different approach, delving into conversation about broader, big-picture topics while also honing in on the game, much like fans do when watching with their family and friends.”

Peyton Manning, 45, was a five-time MVP, a two-time Super Bowl winner and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. He played for the Indianapolis Colts (1998-2010) and Denver Broncos (2012-15).

Eli Manning, 40, also won two Super Bowl championships and played his entire 16-year NFL career with the New York Giants before retiring after the 2019 season.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA;  General view of the NFL Shield logo on the field before Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFL to eliminate Week 1 MNF doubleheader

The NFL is planning to eliminate the Monday Night Football Week 1 doubleheader starting this season and instead make it part of a doubleheader to kick off Week 18, NBC Sports reported.

The one Monday Night Football game would be played at its usual start in Week 1 while two games will be showcased on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, to begin the final weekend of the regular season, per NBC.

The two Saturday Week 18 games — one late afternoon, one evening — would belong to ESPN, per the report. The rest of Week 18 would be played Sunday afternoon culminating with Sunday Night Football.

–Field Level Media