Las Vegas – Put on Derek Carr’s shoes. It’s extra time. Paydirt a few yards away. You throw a tight spiral that passes through the receiver’s hands at the goal line, then bounces off the defender’s shoulder pads and pops for a soft interception. Disaster.
That’s how you lose. One team’s miracle is another team’s nightmare.
It’s like, ‘Holy crap! Not like this! Carr said, reframing his thoughts after what turned out to be a dramatic victory Monday night.
The Las Vegas Raiders played their first real game in front of a live audience at their glittering new home, Allegiant Stadium, since the franchise moved here last year. And what a start, the marquee billing is well worth it (now that it’s over). Then they took off from relegation twice to force them to work overtime Baltimore Ravens finished, 33-27After they seemed to win, they were destined to lose, and then they ended up winning after all.
An “emotional roller coaster” is what Raiders called the run after Josh Jacobs.
The Raiders won when Carr overpowered an all-out attack by connecting with Zay Jones for a 31-yard touchdown set up by Lamar Jackson’s second-half flop. Just when Carr thought the game had gotten away, he got a reprieve.
“I feel like my career,” was evaluated by an 8 year old vet, and occasionally bruised. “Yay! Crap.”
The ending was so bizarre that minutes before the game actually ended, players engaged in the congratulatory handshakes, bro hugs, and brief court conversations that are typical after games, believing that the Raiders had won the OT in a 33-yard touchdown. by Brian Edwards.
Not so fast. Domain scanning. Replays showed Edwards landed shy of a yard from the goal line.
Now this is the place, where the stadium is located in the shadows of the famous Las Vegas Strip, where you can get odds on anything.
The odds of a team intercepting the end zone after getting the first goal and the goal from the 1 yard line? I suspect this looks like some movement 1 of 955,000.
No wonder Raiders coach John Gruden, contemplating the fortune swing, declared he “almost died.”
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Somewhere, Al Davis, the late owner of the Raiders and foes of the NFL, might be laughing at all of us.
I mean, it’s very fitting that something weird happened when the Raiders celebrated some new milestones. After all, this is the privilege he has Holy RollerAnd Immaculate reception And tuck base in its records. So, the new pitch, a new episode of Weirdness makes perfect sense.
Then again, there were some soccer basics in action, too.
Carr passed 56 times for 435 yards, and with the exception of the VOT selection that wasn’t his fault, he didn’t stop him. He found his amazing tight end, Darren Waller, 10 times for 105 yards. Hunter Renfrow (6 grabs, 70 yards) deserves mention for his 27-yard tip-toe post down the sideline that got his juices flowing early in the OT. He forced the kicker, Daniel Carlson, to work overtime by nailing 55 yards with two seconds on the clock in regulation. The defense hit Jackson in the two fouls that led to the touchdown. First, in the fourth quarter, D-intercepting Quinton Jefferson had the ball clear, resulting in a 15-yard TD run by Jacobs. in the Old Testament, Karl Nesib ran around the corner and took off the ball, which gave the Raiders the ball at the Ravens’ 27-yard line.
The Raiders’ defense, which gave up 189 flush yards, featured heavily in the clutch saying something about the growth needed if this team is to eventually thrive – as promised – under Gruden. There’s another new D coordinator in the mix at Gus Bradley and he’s complemented by Rod Marinelli, whose NFL record is built on producing D lines. There is still a lot of work to do with the defense. But the unit certainly did not collapse in a time of crisis.
It all added to the Raiders winning the kind of game they probably would have lost last year, when they fizzled out on their stretch and finished 8-8.
No, this team wouldn’t go far if it had to climb over and over from 14-0 holes. However, there is also something to be said for the determination shown by the conquistadors as a kind of first impression for the home fans.
“Who cares how we do it?” Car maintenance. “Let’s just win.”
They played with fire. No, they played with the towering flame in the arena behind one of the end zones, and they didn’t get burned.
But at this point, the raiders are still playing with the house’s money.