Grant’s View: Raiders Handle Business

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Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr

The Oakland Raiders won their “home game” in London against the Chicago Bears, 24-21. As fans, the first thing we can learn from this game is that Josh Jacobs is the real deal. Jacobs stared the Bears’ top tier defense in the eyes and did not blink. He would record 140 total yards and 2 touchdowns and made it look easy. Jacobs now has the most rushing yards through the first five games by a Raider, and now finds himself fifth in the league in rush yards. The offensive line played a major role in not only created ginormous holes in the line for Jacobs, but also kept Carr off the grass as much as possible.

False Narrative

There were reports of a “revenge game” circling the media before the game started, and it feels as though we are still waiting for the revenge game as former Raider Khalil Mack was silenced all game. Mack was very vocal about this not just being another game but was surprisingly absent during the postgame media session. Mack would finish the game with three tackles and a quarterback pressure to the game. Apart from the actual victory, shutting down Mack was the biggest win of the day for the Raiders.

Hot Start

Similar to the game against the Colts, the Raiders came out firing on all cylinders in the first half and jumped out to a big lead early. Also similar to the Colts game, the Raiders took their foot off the gas in the second half and let their opponents claw back into the game. The Raiders held a 17-0 lead entering the half, but a costly miscommunication led to the Bears recovering a fumble on the Raiders 14-yard line and would score in two plays. Scoring boosted the spirits of the Bears and would go on to score a total of 21 unanswered points.

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Smart Football

As a whole, the Raiders did not make many costly mistakes, but they made more than they would have liked. The team had two fumbles. The Bears punched one out of Trevor Davis’ hands on the goal line. Defensively, the pressure on backup quarterback Chase Daniels was incredible. Team sack leader Benson Mayowa and Maxx Crosby recorded a sack each, while Maurice Hurst recorded two. Mayowa is now tied with Khalil Mack with 4.5 sacks on the season. However, defensive back play needed work. Lamarcus Joyner got Mossed on a throw that probably should have been an interception, and Gareon Conley got worked for two touchdowns on the day.

Issues

This game was by no means pristine. However, the Raiders need to win these, if they intend on making the playoffs. You must win the greasy games,  to show resiliency through the struggles. The Oakland Raiders accomplished that. The Raiders finally head back to Oakland to ride out their bye week. After, they travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers. But until then, revel in this win and enjoy our 3-2 record that not many saw coming.

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