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Raiders QB Derek Carr explains how he's in sync with coach Jon Gruden

Raiders QB Derek Carr explains how he's in sync with coach Jon Gruden

OAKLAND -- Derek Carr orchestrated yet another fourth-quarter, game-deciding drive in the Raiders’ 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions, but that wasn’t his only moment in the sun.

He was pretty awesome from start to finish.

The Raiders quarterback was 20-for-31 passing for 289 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. In fact, he has thrown just one interception since Week 3, and is in firm command of Jon Gruden’s offense.

That was clear on the game-deciding drive, where he marched 75 yards on seven plays. He was pinpoint accurate, including on a scramble-drill strike to Hunter Renfrow.

That, Gruden said, was Carr’s best yet.

“Derek Carr played great today,” Gruden said. “He made some great throws. That scramble touchdown to Renfrow was as good as Derek Carr has played since I’ve been here.”

Carr was asked why that was the case. His answer was simple.

Time.

“We’re seeing the fruits of Coach Gruden and I being together,” Carr said. “We’ve been given time. This league does not give quarterbacks enough time to develop. This organization has done that. It has given me time. It’s steady. We know who the coach is and who the quarterback is. We have been allowed to grow.”

Carr is halfway through his second season in Gruden's system. He feels more comfortable with every rep, as was displayed Sunday.

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"The more you can be in the same system, the more confident you can be,” Carr said. “I can make that first [31-yard completion to Jalen Richard] because I know where the ball should go based on the coverage I get. There were a few times on blitzes where I know what to do, and we were able to get some big plays on things. ... 

We’re seeing the fruits of good coaching. We’re the types of players who will work hard and do whatever they say.

"That’s all I do.”

Carry chart shows Raiders' Josh Jacobs ran everywhere in win vs. Lions

Carry chart shows Raiders' Josh Jacobs ran everywhere in win vs. Lions

When Raiders coach Jon Gruden needs guaranteed yards, he knows who to go to: Rookie running back Josh Jacobs. 

The former Alabama product carried the ball 28 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns in Oakland's 31-24 win over Detroit on Sunday. It was Jacobs' third game with at least 120 yards rushing and his third multi-touchdown performance. 

As NFL's Next Gen Stats show, Jacobs was all over the field. Whether he ran the ball left, right or up the middle, the rookie wasn't stopped once for a loss. 

The Raiders were down star center Rodney Hudson, who injured his ankle and had to be carted off during Oakland's Week 8 loss to the Texans. That didn't matter for the rookie, though, who broke Marcus Allen's franchise record for most rushing yards in a rookie season (697) Sunday, with eight games remaining in his first NFL season.

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Jacobs now has 740 rushing yards on 152 carries, good for 4.9 yards per carry. He also has scored six rushing touchdowns and has 102 yards receiving. 

At just 21 years old, Jacobs has been Mr. Reliable for the Raiders. Call his number to the left, right or straight up the middle. Good things are guaranteed to happen.

Josh Jacobs breaks Raiders rookie rushing record in win over Lions

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Josh Jacobs breaks Raiders rookie rushing record in win over Lions

Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs is now a record-setter. 

Jacobs surpassed Marcus Allen's record for most rushing yards in a rookie season (697) Sunday, with eight games remaining in his first NFL season.

The 21-year-old has now run for 740 yards this season after rushing for 128 -- and two touchdowns -- in Oakland's nail-biting 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions at the Coliseum on Sunday. Jacobs' six rushing TDs are tied for the third-most by a Raiders rookie, and he needs six more to break Allen's mark of 11 TDs. 

Sunday also marked the third multi-touchdown game of Jacobs' career, putting him in additional elite company.

That's as good of a reason as any for Jacobs to do the "Ickey Shuffle" when he next scores a TD. 

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Jacobs shouldered a bigger load in the running game than he has at any point this season, rushing a career-high 28 times. The Alabama product still averaged 4.3 yards per carry, and he wasn't once tackled for a loss, either. 

Not bad for a former Crimson Tide backup.