Instant Replay: Carr leads Raiders to OT thriller over Buccaneers

Instant Replay: Carr leads Raiders to OT thriller over Buccaneers


TAMPA, Fla. – The Raiders have a big game ahead. They play the Denver Broncos next Sunday night, a game magnified by a come-from-behind victory over Tampa Bay.

The Raiders are now 6-2 halfway through the year, with an astonishing five-game winning streak on the road.

The Broncos have also fared well in the first half, and the Raiders just keep winning important games.

They erased a double-digit lead and benefitted from a missed extra point that helped maintain a slim advantage.

The Buccaneers scored late but, as they always do, the Raiders responded.

They won this one 30-24, marking their fifth consecutive overtime victory.

They could’ve won it in regulation, but Sebastian Janikowski missed a 50-yard field goal as time expired. Then he missed a go-ahead, 52-yard field goal in overtime.

Jack Del Rio didn’t give him a third try. They went for it on fourth down, and Derek Carr connected with Seth Roberts on a 41-yard touchdown pass that sealed the deal.

Another big win for the cardiac kids.

This win was the latest, needing overtime to find a way to win. Carr was awesome in this one, throwing for a franchise record of 513 yards and four touchdowns in the victory.

Tampa Bay jumped out to an early lead by doing what the Raiders normally do best. They turned a strip sack into a touchdown, after Noah Spence forced a fumble that the Raiders couldn’t recover.

Russell Shepard caught a 19-yard touchdown pass after that incident, which put the Buccaneers up 10-0.

The Raiders rallied in the second half, and jumped out to a lead late in the third quarter.

The Raiders scored 17 unanswered points, with a field goal to close the first half with two touchdowns in the second.

Donald Penn’s return to Tampa was marked in a special way, with the former Buccaneers left tackle scoring on a 1-yard touchdown catch.

Derek Carr found Amari Cooper from 34 yards out to establish a second-half lead, a play that culminated a seven-play, 67-yard drive in the third quarter.

The Buccaneers responded well, with another Jameis Winston touchdown pass to Cameron Brate. Roberto Aguayo missed the extra point, which kept Oakland ahead by a 17-16 score.

Jaquizz Rodgers ran it in from a yard out with roughly four minutes left in the game, completing a 10-play, 82-yard drive that put Tampa ahead at 24-17.

Sitting it out: Offensive tackle Menelik Watson missed his fifth straight game on Sunday dealing with a calf strain. The Raiders went with Austin Howard for a third straight game, though he allowed a key strip sack in the first half.

The other inactives were predictable, though Matt McCants was a relatively healthy scratch over Vadal Alexander.

What’s next: The Raiders will come home to play a big AFC West game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. It’ll be a welcome respite after so much time on the road in Florida. The bye week comes after that, as the Raiders strive to reach that spot without major injury.

Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection


Raiders sign linebacker with Paul Guenther connection

The Raiders entered this free agency period needing defensive help throughout the depth chart. They signed presumptive starters earlier in this veteran acquisition process, but didn’t stop there.

The Silver and Black have added depth this week especially, signing a key cog in linebacker Emmanuel Lamur on Wednesday afternoon.

Lamur spent the last two years in Minnesota and the previous four in Cincinnati with new Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Guenther was his position coach from 2012-13 and his DC from 2014-15. He also knows Raiders linebackers coach David Lippincott from the Bengals days

Lamur has primarily been a reserve, but Guenther gave him an opportunity to start in 2014. He had 59 tackles and two interceptions in 13 starts that year as a strongside linebacker.

The Raiders have options at that spot, but no firm starter at this stage if Bruce Irvin plays defensive end full time.

Lamur hasn’t played much defense the last two years, but is known as a quality special teams contributor. The Raiders have signed several of those players in an attempt to improve coverage and returns.

All told, the Raiders have signed 14 unrestricted free agents with a shot to make the 53-man roster since last week began. The roster will turnover significantly in Jon Gruden’s return to the Raiders, and it’s possible he signs more players in coming days.

The Raiders are still looking for upgrades at receiver, and might add another bargain defensive lineman.

Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh calls off meeting with Raiders

Ndamukong Suh won’t meet with the Raiders, after all. The star defensive tackle cut Alameda out of his free-agent tour, according to NFL Network, choosing instead to head home after stops in New Orleans, Tennessee and the L.A. Rams.

NFLN reports that Suh had dinner with Rams coach Sean McVay on Tuesday night, and was due in Oakland the following day. The Rams made a solid impression

Suh is reportedly mulling options from all three aforementioned playoff teams, all of which have more working salary-cap space and other stalwarts along the defensive line.

That’s surely a disappointment for the Raiders, who have had interest in Suh dating back to his last free-agent experience in 2015. The Silver and Black couldn’t afford him then. It seems unlikely they can afford him now, with precious little salary-cap space remaining after being active in free agency’s second wave.

The Raiders also hope to lock Khalil Mack up long-term with a massive extension this offseason.

It’s uncertain at this stage whether player or team cancelled the meeting, or exactly why it was called off. The Raiders could still sign a veteran defensive tackle, and/or acquire one early in the NFL Draft.