Latavius Murray up, garbage-time defense down in Raiders' win

SAN DIEGO -- A look at the Oakland Raiders players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Sunday's 37-29 win over the San Diego Chargers.


Latavius Murray: Murray had 85 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. It wasn't a mind-blowing day, but after two poor showings this was a strong bounce-back game.

D.J. Hayden: The No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 draft has been much maligned and has struggled at times this season. But he had a good overall game and seems to be playing with more confidence.

Team effort: This was Oakland's first complete game of the season. And we saw the results, a blowout win. The defense has put together two straight strong games, and the offense played well for the first time since Week 3. Those are good signs.


Neiron Ball: The rookie linebacker suffered a knee injury and did not return. It would be a shame if the injury is serious. He was playing a lot on defense the past two games and making the most of it.

Garbage time: The Raiders' offense was the king of garbage time last season. It scored at will when they were desperately behind. This time, it was the San Diego offense that ruled garbage time. It's much better this way, isn't it?

Finishing drives: If there were any complaints Sunday, it was that the Raiders had three field goals. The Raiders need to finish drives with touchdowns, but you know what? It really didn't matter Sunday.