RAIDERS JAGUARS: The Oakland Raiders remain undefeated on the road after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-16. The Raiders are now 5-2 and the Jaguars 2-4. Coming into the game, the Raiders were the NFL’s lowest ranked defense, giving up over 400 yards per game. Oakland turned in a much stronger performance today, allowing Jacksonville to gain 344 yards but only 1 TD along with interceptions by CB David Amerson and FS Reggie Nelson.
Up 6-3 early in the second quarter, with the offense not doing much, Raider OC Bill Musgrave called an End Around to rookie WR Johnny Morton that gained 29 yards. That play seemed to spark the offense, at least in the first half, as they would drive to the Jaguar 2. On second down from the 2 yard line, RB Latavius Murray ran left behind FB Jamize Olawale, knifing through for a TD. 9 of the drive’s 11 plays were runs.
The Raiders second TD was a 2 yard slant pass to WR Michael Crabtree with 14 seconds left in the first half. Two plays prior, QB Derek Carr hit Crabtree for a 56 yard over the shoulder catch that he hung onto despite being tackled as he pulled the ball into his body.
Late in the 4th, up by 10, the Raiders faced 4th and 24 from their own 38. LS Jon Condo snapped the ball at the feet of Punter Marquette King. Fearing the kick would be blocked, King took off around the right side, picking up the first down. Latavius Murray followed up a few players with a 9 yard TD run.
*The Raiders held Blake Bortles to 3 yards passing the first quarter and 57 in the first half. He would finish the game 23-43 for 246 yards with 1TD and 2 interceptions.
*Chris Ivory’s 42 yard run in the 2nd quarter was the Jaguar’s longest run of the year and only their 2nd over 20 yards. The Jaguars finished the game with 105 rushing yards.
*WR Amari Cooper had 1 catch for 6 yards in the 1st half. He ended the game with 4 receptions for 29 yards. WR Michael Crabtree caught 8 passes for 96 yards and 1 TD.
*The Jaguars moved the ball to start the 2nd half but had to settle for a 44 yard field goal. On their next three drives, all in the 3rd quarter, the Jaguars gained 11 total yards. The Jags started two of those drives from their own six yard line due to terrific punts by Marquette King.
*The Jaguars were clearly frustrated. In a span of less than 3 minutes, they were called for 3 personal fouls in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Both DT Manilik Jackson and CB Jalen Ramsey would be ejected in the final minutes of 4th. The Jags did fight back, scoring on a 9 yard pass to TE Julius Thomas with 4:12 left in the game, making the score 26-16. The ensuing onside kick went out of bounds, giving the ball to Oakland.
*The Raiders offense fell asleep in the second half. Up until the 4 minute mark in the 4th quarter, they had gained a total of 38 offensive yards. Assisted by Jaguar penalties, they did convert two field goals. After king’s 27 yard run on 4th and 24, the Raiders did go on to score another TD.
*Oakland Kicker Sebastian Janikowski made all 4 of his field goal tries with a long of 52.
*Derek Carr completed 23 of 37 attempts for 200 yards and 1 TD. Latavius Murray led all rushers with 18 carries for 59 yards and 2 TDs. Oddly enough, the Jacksonville Jaguars out-gained the Oakland Raiders 344 yards to 317. Khalil Mack had the games only sack, his third of the year.
*The Raiders have opted to stay and practice in Florida as they prepare to face the 3-3 Buccaneers next week in Tampa.