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.

NFL Picks: Raiders vs. Cardinals Week 11 score predictions

NFL Picks: Raiders vs. Cardinals Week 11 score predictions

The Raiders (1-8) go into Arizona seeking their second win of the year when they play the Cardinals (2-7) on Sunday. 

With a depleted group of wide receivers, Seth Roberts will need to step up as Scott Bair notes in his four players to watch. Derek Carr will also need protection from rookie left tackle Kolton Miller against Chandler Jones and the Cardinals pass rush

Can Carr out-pass rookie Josh Rosen? Will the Raiders slow down running back David Johnson? We're about to find out and you can watch the Week 11 matchup online right here.

Here's how writers from around the country see the game playing out. 

Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Cardinals 17, Raiders 9

Josh Weinfuss, ESPN: Cardinals 27, Raiders 17 

Pete Prisco, CBS: Cardinals 19, Raiders 16

Cam Inman, Mercury News: Raiders 20, Cardinals 17

Vic Tafur, The Athletic: Cardinals 34, Raiders 17

Raiders will have hands full with Chandler Jones, Cardinals' pass rush

Raiders will have hands full with Chandler Jones, Cardinals' pass rush

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones has more sacks thus far than the entire Raiders defense. That's no joke, and speaks to Jones' effectiveness and the Raiders' lack thereof. 

The Arizona edge rusher has been awesome this year, with 8.5 sacks, three quarterback hits, and 17 other pressures. 

The Raiders, meanwhile, have eight total sacks. Three are credited to since-waived veteran Bruce Irvin, leaving five on the current Raiders roster from three players: Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (three), rookie defensive end Arden Key (one), and defensive lineman Clinton McDonald (one).
That isn’t a deep group successfully getting after the quarterback. The Cardinals, by contrast, boast 13 different defenders with at least half-a-sack. 

It’s a diverse pass rush, and one the Raiders offensive line must be ready to combat. 
“Well it starts with Jones,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “Don’t forget [Markus] Golden either, he has had double-digit sacks. They have two centerpieces that can really get after you. They push the pocket. They’re big inside. It’s hard for the quarterback to step up because of the mass that they have inside. They blitz a lot. I think Cardinals must have 10 guys with a sack. They come from everywhere. It’s a wide-range of problems. It’s good pass rushers, a diverse blitzing scheme. That’s a tough combination in the crowd noise, it’s loud there.”
“There,” is State Farm Stadium, Arizona’s newly renamed indoor stadium that can generate plenty of crowd noise when things are going well. 

That could spell trouble for pass protectors going through a rough patch. They allowed 26 sacks in the last seven games entering Sunday, and at least three in the previous six. The Raiders faced tough pass rushers this season, but never a group quite so deep. The Silver and Black has to be better than before to pick up a second win. 
The offense failed to score a touchdown in the last nine quartrs, despite moving the ball relatively well, and hasn’t held a solid lead in some time. That allowed opposing pass rushers to pin their ears back, and go hard after Raiders QB Derek Carr. 
“We always emphasize pass rush; that’s every team I’ve been on,” defensive end Chandler Jones said, via the Cardinals' team website. “We have had some success rushing the passer, but hopefully we can have more success. Lot of plays we leave out there.”

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The Raiders' pass rush kicked up a notch last week against the Los Angeles Chargers. Maurice Hurst got his third sack, and the defense hit Philip Rivers five times. They had 11 total pressures, after totaling 59 through eight games. 
Can that continue against Arizona? Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther sure hopes so. He doesn’t expect a Herculean effort, but progress is mandatory in his eyes. 

“We just have to keep building off of it,” Guenther said. “We’ll continue to mix things up in there and everything kind of works in conjunction, whether it’s the rush or the coverage or a blitz in the coverage in behind it. So, we have to continue to work on those things and keep putting those things into play.”

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Gruden says the Raiders need “at-bats,” or chances to impact the QB. That involves better run defense to keep a team off schedule – stopping ACardinals running back Davis Johnson will be a chore – and establishing a significant lead for once. 
That has been rare, but the odds will increase if the offensive line can keep Jones, Golden and the Cardinals pass rush at bay.