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Raiders show resilience on game-winning touchdown drive vs. Bears

Raiders show resilience on game-winning touchdown drive vs. Bears

LONDON – The Raiders had a three-score halftime lead and let it slip. The Chicago Bears scored three straight touchdowns in a wacky third quarter when everything that could go wrong did.

The Raiders didn’t fold. They didn’t stress. They marched 97 yards against the ferocious Bears defense and won the game on a Josh Jacobs touchdown run.

The Raiders held on to beat Chicago 24-21 and earned a massive win for the franchise.

The pressure was on in that final drive, but the Raiders never showed it.

Offensive players were confident they could work the ball downfield. There wasn’t much said in the huddle before that long drive began.

Accounts vary, but the consensus was that quarterback Derek Carr said three simple sentences to hone focus.

"This is it. This is us. Our time is now."

Josh Jacobs set the tone on that drive, with a 15-yard run off left guard on the first snap of a 13-play sequence. The Raiders stuck with the run despite the ticking clock and just one timeout.

A fake punt extended the drive – Erik Harris was ruled down upon review after fumbling – and the Raiders took off from there.

Foster Moreau made a huge 23-yard catch thanks to a great play call, and the Hunter Renfrow made a slick move to get the Raiders deep into Bears territory.

Moreau struck again with an excellent 16-yard catch down the left side – Carr threw an absolute dime there – and then Jacobs scored from two yards out by going up and over the Bears defense.

That drive didn’t come out of nowhere. The first half gave the Raiders confidence they could sustain a long drive despite doing next to nothing in the third.

“At the beginning of the game, we were really rolling,” Moreau said. “We just had to find that form again, and we certainly did on that final drive. Momentum is a big thing in football. We had it, and then we lost it in that third quarter. We got it back at the end. The line was phenomenal. Derek made some great throws. We stayed focused, did our job and scored when we had to.”

A common denominator with all of the aforementioned skill players: they’re all rookies showing cool under fire.

“I think we've been talking about our young players since they've been here, the kind of effort that they provide and the smartness that they play with,” Gruden said. “And these are smart guys that are doing a lot of different things. Playing tough positions. Foster Moreau, pass protecting, catching passes down the field. Can't say enough about the rookies.”

That late drive says a ton about this Raiders team. They’re tough and they never quit.

“It just shows you the grit and determination of our young guys,” Carr said. “I consider myself young still, the old guy at 28 on the team. We have a young, good football team.”

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They also have a team gaining confidence through these wins, and learning more about itself each week. Despite all that happened in a crazy game, the Raiders hung tough and put it all together on that final drive.

“It was rough falling behind like we did, but we’re resilient,” left guard Richie Incognito said. “We kept working and kept plugging away and did just enough to get the win.”

Derek Carr praises Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock for Raiders' rookie class

Derek Carr praises Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock for Raiders' rookie class

One week after the Raiders announced Mike Mayock as their general manager, the former longtime NFL draft analyst found his first assignment: The College Football Playoff National Championship. 

Clearly, he liked what he saw at Levi's Stadium. The Raiders selected four players -- defensive end Clelin Ferrell, running back Josh Jacobs, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and receiver Hunter Renfrow -- from the national championship. These players came from winning college programs in Clemson and Alabama, and it showing on and off the field.

Quarterback Derek Carr has taken notice to the maturity of the Raiders' rookie class, giving a round of applause to Mayock and coach Jon Gruden.

"They already understand what it means to be a top-level pro, and their effort and determination is there. The only thing that's gonna stop them is circumstance. These guys are completely understanding of what it means to be a professional at this league, and you have to give a lot of credit to Mr. Mayock and coach Gruden," Carr said on the Raider Cody Podcast.

"They sought these guys out. They interviewed them. They obviously went through that rigorous process with the draft and things like that." 

Mayock and Gruden's draft picks are panning out so far for the 3-2 Raiders.

Jacobs looks like a future star and already has 430 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground. He also has added another 77 yards receiving. Renfrow ranks third on the team in receptions (12) and receiving yards (101). Ferrell missed last game with a concussion. He has 10 tackles, one sack and three tackles for a loss. 

Even late-round draft picks like defensive end Maxx Crosby and tight end Foster Moreau look like contributors for years to come. 

[RELATED: Raiders mailbag: Crosby is high among standout rookies]

Carr and the Raiders are enjoying their bye week after a big Week 5 win over the Bears in London. The QB is staying in shape, though, and had tight end Derek Carrier over for a home workout this week. One of the first subjects they brought up was the team's rookies. 

"They're all professionals. You don't look at these guys as rookies, they're just pros," Carr said. "They get it. They're able to contribute, they know their weaknesses, they know their flaws, they're OK admitting their flaws." 

Through the early portion of the season, the Raiders have surprised many with a winning record after an offseason full of drama and headaches. And their rookies are a big reason why.

NFL rumors: Raiders' Richie Incognito fined for penalties in London

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NFL rumors: Raiders' Richie Incognito fined for penalties in London

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock knew the Raiders weren't signing a "Boy Scout" when they brought in offensive lineman Richie Incogntio this offseason, and Incognito reportedly picked up his first two fines in Silver and Black this weekend. 

The NFL reportedly fined Incognito $21,054 for a chop block and unnecessary roughness in the Raiders' Week 5 win over the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero. 

The offensive lineman served a two-game suspension earlier this season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after threatening to shoot people and punching a hole in the wall at the Arizona funeral home where his father's body was kept. Incognito pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemanors from the incident, and he pleaded guilty to another misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge from a separate incident at his grandmother's home two days later. 

[RELATED: Why Raiders' Crosby ranks high among team's standout rookies]

Including suspensions, Incognito now has forfeited $716,953 in salary in his NFL career, according to Spotrac data. 

The Raiders signed Incognito to a one-year contract this offseason, and he has become a key part of the Raiders' newfound run-based identity. Since Incognito's Week 3 debut, the Raiders ranked sixth in the league in rushing yards (445) entering Sunday.