Carr drives Raiders to victory

By Jeremy Kahn

AP photo Raiders Khalil Mack tackles Jets Chris Ivory

OAKLAND-Derek Carr is proving to the National Football League that he belongs up there with the big name quarterbacks in the 32-team league.

Carr went 26-for-33 for 333 yards passing with four touchdowns, as the Oakland Raiders defeated the New York Jets 34-20 at the Coliseum.

The second-year quarterback tied his career-high with the four touchdowns that was previously set on October 12, 2014 against the San Diego Chargers. Also three of Carr’s four touchdown passes were longer than 35 yards.

Carr became the first Raiders quarterback since Rich Gannon against the Tennessee Titans during the 2002 season to have at least four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

This was Carr’s fourth career 300-yard game of his two-year career, and his third one this season.

“I was impressed with him last year. We knew he was a good young quarterback. We’re going to face young quarterbacks from here on out, so we have to be ready to play and make plays. We didn’t make plays,” said Jets head coach Todd Bowles.

Latavius Murray carried the ball 20 times for 113 yards, as he topped the 100-yard plateau for the second time this season. The previous time Murray topped the 100-yard plateau was against the Cleveland Browns on September 27.

Andre Holmes scored two of Carr’s four touchdowns, as he caught a five-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a season long 49-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Holmes was the first Raiders receiver to have two touchdowns in the first half since Jerry Porter against the Tennessee Titans on December 19, 2004.

This was the second multi-touchdown game for Holmes in his career, with his previous coming on October 12, 2014 against the Chargers.

Taiwan Jones caught his first NFL touchdown pass in the third quarter, as he hauled in a 59-yard pass from Carr that gave the Raiders an insurmountable 28-6 lead. The 59-yard reception was the longest offensive play of Jones’ career, breaking his previous career-high of a 52-yard reception.

“Once I caught that ball, I turned around. I think it was the linebacker coming inside. Part of me thought to cut it back, but I was like, ‘You know what, I’m just going to go,’ Once I hit that gear, I was gone, Like I said, instincts kicked in and I was like, ‘I am going to make a cut back.’ I felt good after that,” said Jones.

Rookie Amari Cooper to impress everyone each week, as he hauled in five catches, giving him 38 on the season. This was the fifth five reception game of Cooper’s career, breaking Marcus Allen’s 33-year old team record that was set in 1982, the Raiders first year in Los Angeles.

Michael Crabtree finished the afternoon with seven catches for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Charles Woodson picked up his fifth interception of the season, his most with the Raiders since he also intercepted five in his rookie season of 1998.

“Just one of many big plays that happened in the game. I think (it was) an overall good game by everybody, Offense was making good plays and they were moving the ball well. It’s great to be to get a turnover and get those guys the ball back when they’re playing so well,” said Woodson.

It was the 65th interception of Woodson’s career, tying with former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Ken Riley for fifth place on the all-time list.

Woodson also moved into second place with the most interceptions since the merger between the AFL and the NFL in 1970. The 18-year veteran trails only current Raiders assistant coach Rod Woodson who intercepted 71 passes in his legendary career.

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