Raiders fall late to Chiefs, 35-31

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

By Shawn McCullough

The Raiders were 28 seconds away from sweeping the defending Super Bowl champions in the season series, but couldn’t hold on.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes hit tight end Travis Kelce for a 22 yard touchdown with 28 seconds left in the game to hand the Raiders a 35-31 loss at Allegiant Stadium.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our football team,” said head coach Jon Gruden. “I wouldn’t trade any of our players for anybody.”

Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr was masterful throwing for 275 yards and three touchdowns including a 4th quarter drive to take the lead late, resulting in a one yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten.

“I felt like we were running efficiently and we were hitting some big plays in the passing game, but it just stinks, man, it wasn’t enough,” said Carr.

“We really feel like we can play with anybody,” said Witten. “That’s the type of team that we expect to have.”

Tight end Derek Waller led the Raiders catching seven balls for 88 yards, including a three yard touchdown catch in the 4th quarter.

“It’s tough,” said Waller. “Losing in any form or fashion is not fun whatsoever, especially like that.”

Running back Josh Jacobs rushed 17 times for 55 yards and scored the first points of the game on a two yard touchdown run.

With the loss, the Raiders fell to 6-4 on the season heading into their next game in Atlanta against the Falcons on Sunday.

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders were outgained by the Chiefs in total yards, 460-364.
  • The Chiefs executed 36 first downs.
  • The Raiders fell to 2-3 at home at Allegiant Stadium.

Raiders making waves in AFC West, beat up Broncos, 37-12

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after running back Devontae Booker (23) scored a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

By Shawn McCullough

Before last week’s Chargers game, head coach Jon Gruden said that the next three games against AFC West opponents would be a crucial stretch.  Well, the Raiders are delivering.

The Raiders improved to 3-0 in the division with a 37-12 win over the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium.

“To put 37 points up, I am excited with how we won the game,” said quarterback Derek Carr. “We are proving that we can win in any type of way, which is great.”

Carr went 16 for 25 and threw for just 154 yards and no touchdowns.

The defense held the Broncos to 66 total rushing yards and forced four Drew Lock interceptions.

“If we can get turnovers the way that we did today on defense, it will bode well for us in the future and making a run at what we really want to do,” said Carr.

Josh Jacobs led the Raiders, rushing 21 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns, while Devontae Booker rushed 16 times for 81 yards and also two touchdowns.

“The game starts with the run and ends with the run,” said Jacobs. “It’s good to see that we put our dominance on the game.”

Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson booted three field goals, one each from 22 yards, 24 yards and 52 yards.

With the win, the Raiders improved to 6-3 on the season heading into their next game at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

“6-3 and 3-0 in the division is a big deal,” said Carr. “But the division still goes through Kansas City and we get them next week.”

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders outgained the Broncos in total yards, 357-313.
  • Las Vegas forced five Denver turnovers.
  • Raiders’ safety Jeff Heath came up with two big interceptions.

Raiders hang on to beat Chargers in Los Angeles, 31-26

Chargers tight end Donald Parham Jr. tries to haul in the game-winning touchdown pass in front of Raiders cornerback Isaiah Johnson at the end of regulation on Sunday. The play was initially ruled a catch before the call was reversed on review. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

By Shawn McCullough

The Raiders started an important three game stretch against AFC West opponents on a high note.

The defense came up with a huge stop to end the game in a 31-26 win over the Chargers in Los Angeles.

With one second left in the game, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert’s 4-yard pass to Donald Parham Jr. was ruled a touchdown, but was reviewed and later ruled broken up by cornerback Isaiah Johnson to secure the win.

“Whenever we pull something out like that, it is so good for the team,” said Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr threw for 165 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Nelson Agholor and Darren Waller.

“Our defense got the one big stop that won us this game,” said head coach Jon Gruden.

Running back Josh Jacobs rushed 14 times for 65 yards and a touchdown, while Devontae Booker added a 23 yard touchdown run.

“I’m definitely proud of the team for how we fought and finished at the end,” said Jacobs.

With the win, the Raiders improved to 5-3 on the season heading into their next game at home against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The Raiders will then face the Kansas City Chiefs at home the following Sunday.

“We are happy to win,” said Gruden. “We are just thrilled to win a game like that, it shows a lot of character.”

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders were outgained by the Chargers in total yards, 440-320.
  • Las Vegas had just two penalties for 10 yards.
  • The Raiders have now won three of their last four games.

Raiders win defensive battle over Browns in winter weather, 16-6

Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (2) watches the ball after kicking a 24-yard field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Cleveland. The Raiders won 16-6. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

By Shawn McCullough

Las Vegas has now experienced a typical cold November day in Cleveland.

In wind, rain, sleet and snow, the Raiders defense held the Cleveland Browns to just 223 total yards as Las Vegas escaped with a 16-6 win in Cleveland.

“We will take any win that we can get,” said head coach Jon Gruden.

Raiders’ kicker Daniel Carlson nailed three field goals from 29, 33 and 24 yards despite the bad weather.

“Probably the windiest game that I have ever played in,” said Carlson. “I had some good operation, good holds, good protection and got some points on the board the rest of the game.”

“Credit to Carlson for being able to kick the ball and make some field goals,” said Gruden. “It was a real obstacle for the kickers.”

The lone Raiders touchdown came on a four yard pass from quarterback Derek Carr to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow.

“I thought that I got my hands underneath it,” said Renfrow. “It turned a little bit at the end, but it was a touchdown and it was good times.”

Carr finished the game going 15 for 24 for 112 yards and one touchdown.

“Whenever you are able to do it the way we did it, everyone has to deal with the conditions, but a team that comes from Las Vegas, the desert, and gets a win, that’s a good feeling especially on the road,” said Carr.

Running back Josh Jacobs led the Raiders on the ground rushing 31 times for 128 yards.

With the win, the Raiders improved to 4-3 heading into their next game on Sunday in Los Angeles against the Chargers.

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders outgained the Browns in total yards, 309-223.
  • Tight end Darren Waller led the Raiders with only 28 yards receiving.
  • Nine different Raiders players caught at least one ball from QB Derek Carr.
  • The Raiders have now won two of their last three games.

Raiders stun Chiefs, win first game at Arrowhead since 2012

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Nelson Agholor, left, celebrates with quarterback Derek Carr after catching a 59-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

By Shawm McCullough

After last week’s loss to Buffalo, Raiders quarterback Derek Car said, “I’m sick of losing”.

That seemed to have sparked his teammates as the Raiders went into Arrowhead Stadium and knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, 40-32.

“I’m really proud of our guys,” said head coach Jon Gruden. “We beat a really good football team.  We had a lot of guys step up.”

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr snapped a personal 6 game losing streak, being 0-6 in his career against Kansas City before the game.

“I have taken a lot of sad walks up that ramp, but not today,” said Carr. “I am going to enjoy this one.”

Carr threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns, one each to Henry Ruggs, Nelson Agholor and Darren Waller. 

“He has been through a lot here as a Raider,” said Gruden of Carr. “This was certainly a big win for him.”

Ruggs returned from missing two games with a hamstring injury, catching two balls for 118 yards including a 72 yard touchdown.

“It just shows that we are not here to lay down, we are here to compete,” said Ruggs.

The Raiders last beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in a 26-16 win on October 28, 2012.  Carson Palmer was the Raiders quarterback in that game.

“What better opportunity to see what this team is made of?,” said Carr. “This team is legit.”

With the win, the Raiders improved to 3-2 on the season heading into their bye week.

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders outgained the Chiefs in total yards, 490-413.
  • Raiders’ running back Josh Jacobs rushed 23 times for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Eleven different Raiders players caught at least one ball from QB Derek Carr.
  • The Chiefs loss ended a 13 game winning streak.

 

Raiders drop second straight game in 30-23 loss to Buffalo

Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer, left, and cornerback Josh Norman, right, guard Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Las Vegas. Poyer was called for pass interference on the play. (AP Photo/David Becker)

By Shawn McCullough

The Raiders lost for the first time at their new home, Allegiant Stadium, in a 30-23 defeat to the Buffalo Bills.

“I give our guys credit, we scored 23 points today,” said head coach Jon Gruden.  “You know, we played pretty good at times on offense.”

Las Vegas moved to within one point of taking the lead at 17-16 in the third quarter, but Buffalo scored 13 unanswered points to break the game open later in the second half.

Quarterback Derek Carr went 32 for 44 for 311 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Jason Witten and Nelson Agholor, but Carr was frustrated after the game.

“I’m sick of losing,” said Carr. “I’m sick of working as hard as I do and as we do and going out there and losing.  I mean, it sucks.  Enough is enough.”

Second year running back Josh Jacobs was held to just 15 carries for 48 yards, while tight end Darren Waller led in receiving, catching nine balls for 88 yards.

“I guess it is just a credit to their defense,” said Jacobs on a lackluster rushing game. “They were flying in all of the gaps.”

Waller committed a huge fumble in the Raiders’ first possession of the fourth quarter, which later led to a two yard touchdown run by Bills running back Devin Singletary to put the Bills up 14.

“My fumble was pivotal,” said Waller. “We were going down the field to take the lead and it was the turning point.”

With the loss, the Raiders fell to 2-2 on the season and will next travel to Kansas City to face the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs on Sunday.

“If anybody has played a tougher schedule than us, tell me who has,” said Gruden. “We played Monday night against the Saints, across the country on a short week against the Patriots and the Buffalo Bills are undefeated and a playoff team. And we are not going to get any sympathy next week going to Arrowhead.”

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders outgained the Bills in total yards, 383-336.
  • The Raiders turned the ball over twice and QB Derek Carr was sacked x times.
  • Nine different Raiders players caught at least one ball from QB Derek Carr.
  • TE Darren Waller was targeted 12 times.

 

Raiders lose first game of the season to New England, 36-20




Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) gets a poke in the eye as he closes in to sack New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

By Shawn McCullough

The Raiders simply couldn’t overcome mistakes as they fell to the New England Patriots, 36-20, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

The Raiders fumbled the ball away three times and couldn’t convert multiple times in the redzone.

“There are some issues that add up to a loss,” said head coach Jon Gruden.  “I am proud of our team for fighting and I like the effort.”

Las Vegas kept the game close in the first half, trailing just 13-10 at halftime, but the Patriots rolled off 23 points in the second half.

“We came in at halftime and we felt good, but coming out, obviously it got away from us,” said quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr threw for 261 yards and two touchdowns, one each to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow and tight end Foster Moreau.

“I like our team,” said Gruden.  “We are a young team, but we do not lack confidence.”

“We are always confident,” said Carr.  “We didn’t play our best game, but we made it a game.”

Josh Jacobs led the Raiders on the ground, rushing 16 times for 71 yards.

“We had a couple of drives where we moved the ball very well,” said Jacobs.  “We have to just work on redzone execution and try not to beat ourselves in certain situations.”

With the loss, the Raiders fell to 2-1 on the season and will next return home to face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium.

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders were outgained in total yards, 406-375.
  • Tight end Darren Waller was held to just two catches for nine yards.
  • Nine different Raiders players caught at least one ball from QB Derek Carr.


Raiders shock Saints in Las Vegas debut, 34-24

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes in the first half during the Raiders’ first home game against the New Orleans Saints at Allegiant Stadium Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Photo: Steve Marcus)

By Shawn McCullough

The first NFL game ever played in Las Vegas was a good one for the Raiders.

Las Vegas rolled to a 34-24 win over the New Orleans Saints at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

“Thrilled for being a part of our first win here in our stadium against a great team,” said head coach Jon Gruden.

Quarterback Derek Carr led the offense going 28 for 38 for 282 yards and three touchdowns.

“I am really proud of our guys to sticking with our rules and trusting the game plan,” said Carr.  “We got a lot of good football players.  We got a lot of good football character guys.”

“This guy is a great quarterback,” said Gruden about Carr.  “We have surrounded him with better players.”

Down 10-0 in the 1st quarter, Carr hit fullback Alec Ingold on a three yard pass for the first touchdown in Las Vegas Raiders history at Allegiant Stadium.

“I was real thankful that that preparation, the hard work, my coaches and my teammates trusted me to get that number called,” said Ingold on his touchdown catch.

After later falling down 17-7 in the 2nd quarter, the Raiders rolled off 24 straight points including a one yard touchdown pass from Carr to tight end Darren Waller.

“Our offensive balance right now is amazing,” said Waller.  “We could see it coming from training camp.”

Waller caught 12 balls for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Up just one score at 31-24 with 3:28 left in the game, Gruden called on kicker Daniel Carlson to seal the win with a 54 yard field goal.

With the win, the Raiders improved to 2-0 on the season and will next travel to Foxboro on Sunday to face the 1-1 New England Patriots.

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders were outgained in total yards, 424-375.
  • New Orleans committed 10 penalties for 129 yards, while the Raiders had just 3 penalties for 13 yards.
  • Running back Josh Jacobs rushed 27 times for 88 yards.
  • Raiders owner Mark Davis was not in attendance and held a watch party at the team’s Henderson headquarters.

 

Las Vegas era begins with huge win for Raiders 34-30

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) celebrates after scoring during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Photo credit: AP Photo/Brian Blanco

By Shawn McCullough

Everyone expected the Raiders offense to be more explosive this season, but it was the defense that saved the game for Las Vegas.

The defense stopped the Panthers on 4th and 1 late in the game to preserve a 34-30 win over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

With the Panthers driving and down 34-30 with under two minutes left in the game, Carolina faced a 4th and 1 at the Las Vegas 46 yard line and rushed Alex Armah up the middle, only to be stuffed for no gain by the Raiders defense.

“They got the stop when we needed it,” said head coach Jon Gruden on his defense.  “Fourth quarter defense is going to be a big part of winning in this league.”

The Raiders were led by second year running back Josh Jacobs who rushed 25 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns.

“It’s big to get a win in the first year in Las Vegas and not only that, for Oakland too to let them know that we are still here and we still want to win games,” said Jacobs.

The Raiders left Oakland this season to play in Las Vegas.

“That was a championship effort by a lot of guys,” said Gruden.  “I am just really happy to get a win for the Las Vegas Raiders, first win of the history of the Raider franchise in Vegas and hopefully our fans saw something that they liked.”

Quarterback Derek Carr was instrumental in moving the ball for the Raiders all game, throwing for 239 yards and one touchdown to wide receiver Nelson Agholor.

“Derek Carr was great today, that’s what we asked of him,” said Gruden about Carr.  “In a game like this, we didn’t know much about our opponent, but he made a lot of plays.”

“I’m so happy for our fans and I am proud of our guys to pull through,” said Carr.

The Raiders fell down 30-27 with 8:29 remaining in the game, but remained composed and drove 75 yards in nine plays for the game winning six yard touchdown run by Josh Jacobs.

With the win, the Raiders improved to 1-0 on the season and will make their debut at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas next Monday night against the New Orleans Saints.

Game Notes:

  • The Raiders were out-gained in total yards, 388-372.
  • Las Vegas committed only three penalties for 40 yards.
  • Tight end Darren Waller led the Raiders with six catches.
  • Rookie WR Henry Ruggs caught three balls for 55 yards, while rushing two times for 11 yards.

 

Oakland Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Rams spoiled Raiders’ home opener; Raiders made some roster moves

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On the Raiders podcast with Tony:

1. A strong defensive first half wasn’t enough for the Raiders, who lost to the LA Rams 33-13 during ESPN’s Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 1.

2. Jared Cook’s 180 receiving yards in Raiders vs. Rams were the most by a tight end in franchise history.

3. The Raiders signed wide receiver Johnny Holton to their practice squad. In a corresponding move, they terminated the contract of defensive back Terrell Sinkfield.

4. Raiders coach Jon Gruden provided an update on the injury of long snapper Andrew DePaola. This isn’t the way the Raiders wanted to start the season, but tight end Lee Smith stepped in as the emergency long snapper.

5. The Raiders signed free agent wide receiver Martavis Bryant and long snapper Trent Sieg. In corresponding moves, they placed long snapper Andrew DePaola on the Reserve/Injured List and have waived wide receiver Keon Hatcher.

Tony does the Raiders podcasts each Thursday for SportsRadioService.com