When the Raiders stepped onto their own field, there looked to be a bit of a shift. With the home crowd soundly behind them, Oakland held off a furious Lions rally, to escape with a 31-24 victory. As a result, the Raiders even their record to 4-4. Sitting at .500 this late in the season, the Raiders remain in the hunt for a postseason spot.
After a week filled speculation are questioning, Carr played the way many hoped he could. Facing a shaky Lions’ defense, Carr did exactly what he need to do. In completing 64 percent of his passes, Carr tested Detroit vertically, at a 9.3 yards per attempt clip. More importantly, Carr flashed his newly-found aggressive side with practicality, where he did not turn the ball over. What people saw yesterday is the best version of the Raiders’ signalcaller. After everything Carr endured, he looks more comfortable than he has since he broke his leg.
Jacobs and Ingold
While Josh Jacobs only completed one-half of a season, appreciate his start. With another 128 yards, his season total climbs to 740. Meanwhile, his fullback, Alec Ingold continues to clear the path. Granted, this is early. Roger Craig enjoyed Tom Rathman. In Gruden’s history a quick tenure with the Niners remains on his resume. If you look to his last stint, Mike Alstott gave Michael Pittman all of the daylight in the world.
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On offense, right tackle Trent Brown left the game with a right knee injury. Although David Sharpe filled in admirably, the team is also missing Rodney Hudson. 40 percent of your presumptive starting offensive line makes for a difficult time.
Success stays the antiseptic of flaws. The Raiders won the game, despite Matthews Stafford throwing for 406 yards and three touchdowns. Paul Guenther owes Karl Joseph lunch for saving the defense. With the game hangs in the balance, Stafford drove the length of the field, placing the Lions in position to tie the game. If not for Karl Joseph deflecting a pass intended for Logan Thomas, this game could appear much differently. Coverage lapses, inconsistent pass rush and mental miscues continue to haunt the Raiders.
The Raiders cannot spend too much time to enjoy. The LA Chargers visit Oakland on Thursday. After Los Angeles defeated Green Bay, this game takes a more profound meaning. With another win, the Raiders can start stacking wins.