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Sports Raiders D does enough to help Carr lead comeback win

06:05  15 september  2021
06:05  15 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Overall, the Ravens had won 98 straight games dating back to 2004 when holding a lead of 14 or more points in a game, according to ESPN. As a matter of fact, before Monday, the last time the Ravens blew a 14-point lead came all the way back in December 2004 when they lost to the Bengals 27-26 in a game where they had once held a 20-3 lead . If I was a Raiders fan in Vegas, I' d be out on the strip doing cartwheels until roughly 7 am celebrating this win . Maybe even until 7 am Wednesday. Completely bonkers. pic.twitter.com/PmDnvuwhht.

Carr now has 20 fourth-quarter comeback wins through his first seven seasons, which is an NFL record. Sunday's win was Carr 's second fourth-quarter win this season, matching his total from 2019. He had seven such wins in 2016, and led the NFL with four in 2015. Carr finished the day with 381 yards and three touchdowns. The Raiders now are 7-5 and right in the thick of the AFC playoff race thanks to Carr 's heroics and the Jets' head-scratching defense.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — When the Las Vegas Raiders offense stumbled in the first half, the defense held tough to keep the team in the game.

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Down the stretch, the defense didn't wilt and forced a couple of key turnovers that helped the Raiders get the game into overtime and then win it.

After years of being dragged down by a porous defense, there were some promising signs for the Raiders in their season-opening 33-27 overtime win over the Ravens on Monday night that new coordinator Gus Bradley's group may be much improved.

“We harp on the defense so much,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “You hear this, you hear that. I’ve seen a lot of coordinators come in, come out. For them, to make the play at the end to win the game to give us a chance, chance after chance, after chance. ... Just please, just someone praise the defense. They deserve it.”

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If he does , the Raiders won ’t have to think twice about dumping Carr . Drama Queens Jon and Tom could have a great reality show, but which would lead and who would follow? Trade Carr if needed get picks for him.Use picks next year to get Clemson QB with Brady helping tank this year. As such he only really thrived under Bill Musgrave who was smart enough to utilize Carr ’s strengths and not

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Led by an improved Maxx Crosby and newcomer Yannick Ngakoue on the edge, the Raiders put heavy pressure on Lamar Jackson for much of the game.

That helped keep the game close in the first half and then win it in the end. Newcomer Quinton Jefferson forced a fumble from Jackson early in the fourth quarter that set up a game-tying TD from Josh Jacobs.

Carl Nassib stopped Jackson just short of a first down late in regulation to force a tiebreaking field goal and give Carr and the offense just enough time to respond and send the game into overtime.

Then after the offense nearly gave the game away when Carr's pass near the goal line hit Willie Snead in the hands and was intercepted by Anthony Averett, Nassib responded with a strip-sack that set up the winning score on Carr's 31-yard pass to Zay Jones.

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Oakland did not reap any benefits from their March trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers for Brown, who is now happy with the New England Patriots following his requested release Saturday, but Carr didn't let the team's open wound bleed into the regular-season opener. What's most impressive is, like Brown, receiver Tyrell Williams and rookie first-round running back Josh Jacobs are also in their first year with the Raiders . Carr 's ability to lead a cohesive offense filled with new faces is promising for the Raiders moving forward. Williams finished as Oakland's leading receiver with 105 yards and a touchdown on

The Las Vegas Raiders teetered on the edge of the abyss—or a black hole if you will—only to find their way to a miraculous 33-27 overtime victory Monday against the Baltimore Ravens. Fans booed an uninspired first-half effort during the first fully attended football game at Allegiant Stadium since the VIDEO: Derek Carr completes Raiders ’ epic comeback as Lamar Jackson, Ravens collapse.

“They held us in that game, and they did that against a superstar, one of the best players in the whole world at playing football,” Carr said. “They were able to keep us in that football game. I tip my hat, and I love those guys because they were able to give to keep us in there to give us a chance to get our stuff right.”

WHAT’S WORKING

Carr to Darren Waller. After a shaky start when Carr completed just 1 of 7 passes to Waller in the first quarter, the duo found a groove. Carr was 9 for 12 for 92 yards and a TD targeting Waller the rest of the game with the 19 total targets tied for the most in a game by a Raiders player since at least 2009 and tied for the second most of any tight end in that span.

“He is the best player that I have ever coached, so I am going to continue to look for him,” coach Jon Gruden said. "He is a hell of a player, and he deserves some good looks.”

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Young offensive line. The Raiders handed starting spots this year to untested center Andre James and rookie right tackle Alex Leatherwood. Both struggled in the opener with James getting called for two holding penalties, botching a shotgun snap that knocked Las Vegas out field-goal range, and missing a block on a fourth-down run.

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OAKLAND - Derek Carr came back from an injured pinky to lead another fourth-quarter comeback and the Oakland Raiders won their fifth consecutive game, beating the Carolina Panthers 35-32 on Sunday. Carr threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns despite missing a series after the injury Cam Newton led the Panthers (5-6) into Oakland territory on the final drive but Greg Olsen dropped a pass on third down that would have put Carolina in field goal range and Khalil Mack stripped Newton on a fourth-down sack to seal the win . The Panthers scored the first 25 points in the second half after Carr

Carr capitalizes on Jackson's fumble with game- winning TD pass in OT (1:12). Monday night, however, produced mixed results, with sportsbooks that operate in Nevada not faring as well with the hometown Raiders springing a comeback win over the favored Ravens. Caesars Sportsbook reported taking a 0,000 bet on the Raiders +4.5 at -120 odds, and BetMGM's retail sportsbooks in Las Vegas, like the Mirage and Mandalay Bay, also took some large wagers on the Raiders , director of race and sports Jeff Stoneback said.

Leatherwood allowed a sack to Justin Houston, committed a holding penalty and had a false start with the Raiders at the 1 in overtime.

STOCK UP

Pass rush. The main task for new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley this year was building a pass rush. The early results were positive as the Raiders pressured Jackson on 54.5% of his dropbacks, according to NFL NextGen stats. Crosby was particularly sharp with two sacks and a league-high 13 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.

“Maxx backed it up,” Gruden said. "You do it day after day after day and then you get an opportunity in primetime to show where you are, and I thought he showed some things tonight.”

STOCK DOWN

Clelin Ferrell. The fourth overall pick in the 2019 draft was a healthy scratch for the season opener. Ferrell practiced all last week and had no injury designation despite dealing with a bad back earlier this summer. But he has fallen down the depth chart and wasn't even active.

INJURIES

Gruden said he feared the team had several potential long-term injuries to G Denzelle Good (knee), DT Gerald McCoy (right knee), backup quarterback Marcus Mariota (quadriceps) and DE Yannick Ngakoue (hamstring).

DT Gerald McCoy was taken off on a cart in the fourth quarter with a knee injury that appeared to be serious. ... DE Yannick Ngakoue left in the second half with a hamstring injury. ... G Denzelle Good left in the first half with a knee injury.

KEY NUMBER

22. Cerr engineered three game-tying drives in the fourth quarter and the winning one in OT for his 22nd career fourth-quarter comeback.

NEXT STEPS

The Raiders visit Pittsburgh on Sunday to take on the Steelers. The Raiders have lost their past six road games following a Monday night game with the most recent win coming in 2009 at Kansas City.

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