December 17, 2017

Raiders Defeat Giants, 24-17

Week 13 had the Giants paying a visit to Oakland to take on the Raiders.  It was the first time in 210 games that we wouldn’t see Eli Manning on the field.  Geno Smith was named the starter.  Truthfully, I don’t think that made much sense at all.  The Giants were decimated with injuries to their wide receivers and offensive linemen.  How the hell is that the fault of Eli?  After this game, both Head Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese were fired.

After the Giants punted on their first possession, the Raiders took over at their 40-yard line.  Lynch got a carry on first down.  He got another one on second down.  On third and short, he got another carry and took it 51 yards for a touchdown.  After what I saw there, I thought the Raiders were going to blow the Giants out of the building.  But that wasn’t the case.  After that score, there was a punt-fest happening in Oakland.

With a little over four minutes to go in the first quarter, Smith started to look like he knew what he was doing.  A couple of passes to Engram and some good running by Gallman and Darkwa put the ball at the one.  Darkwa competed the drive as he literally walked into the end zone.

After the Raiders failed to get a first down on fourth and one, the Giants took over and had the ball near midfield.  They moved the ball to the Oakland 29.  That’s when disaster happened for the Giants.  Smith was sacked by Irvin and the ball was knocked loose and  recovered by Bowman at the 31.  The Raiders managed to get a field goal and take a 10-7 lead.  With time running short in the first half, the Raiders got into punt formation.  The Giants brought some heavy pressure up the middle and King was tackled for a loss of 11 yards.  That gave the Giants the ball at the Oakland nine-yard line.  On second and goal from the four, our good friend Khalil Mack made an appearance.  He sacked Smith and took the ball away from him at the same time.  There’s no doubt the Raiders dodged a couple of bullets in the first half.  As the teams headed for the locker room, the Raiders were clinging to a 10-7 lead.

Guess what happened for a good portion of the third quarter?  The answer is not a damn thing.  Marquette King and Brad Wing were getting some good exercise as they kept punting their teams out of trouble.  If you want to get creative, you could say it was the King and Wing Show.  With three minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Raiders put together a drive and moved into New York territory.  Carr completed a pass across the middle to Holton.  He was hit by Brandon Dixon and the ball was knocked loose.  It was recovered by Landon Collins of the Giants.  But they couldn’t capitalize on the turnover and punted again.

That’s when the Raiders realized getting up by ten points is much better than being up by three.  Carr completed passes to Patterson, Roberts and Holton on the way to the end zone.  DeAndre Washington capped off the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run.  But the Giants would put together a nice drive of their own.  They marched right down the field with relative ease and Smith found Engram in the end zone.  That made the score 17-14 with five minutes to go in the game.

It didn’t take long for the Raiders to score again.  Carr connected with Patterson on the left side and it looked like he might take it all the way.  But he was tripped up by Collins and ruled down at the New York nine-yard line.  Still, that play was good for 59 yards and was exactly what the Raiders needed.  Three plays later, Carr found Holton in the end zone.  That put the Raiders up 24-14 with three minutes to go.  The Giants would add a field goal, but the onside kick was recovered by Washington.  Carr took a knee and the game was over with the Raiders winning 24-17.

Just like last week against Denver, it wasn’t pretty, but all that matters is the final score.  I also feel very confident when I say the Raiders would not have forced those fumbles if Norton was still the defensive coordinator.  Pagano has brought a much more aggressive approach and it’s working.  One other thing to note was the horrible day Jalen Richard had returning punts.  He fumbled three times, but was able to recover them before the Giants could get their hands on the ball.

For the Giants, Smith completed 21 of 34 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown.  Those numbers aren’t bad, but he also lost two fumbles.  The Giants found it hard to run the ball.  As a team, they rushed for only 65 yards on 24 carries.  Darkwa was the leading rusher as he gained 32 yards on 14 carries with one touchdown.  Smith’s favorite target was Engram.  He finished the game with seven catches for 99 yards and one touchdown.  Landon Collins was the leader in solo tackles with seven.  He also had a fumble recovery.

For the Raiders, Carr completed 22 of 36 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown.  Those are pretty solid numbers considering Crabtree and Cooper didn’t play.  Lynch had his first 100-yard game as a Raider and ran for 101 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown.  All totaled, the Raiders rushed for 119 yards on 29 carries.  Leading the way in receiving yards was Patterson with four catches for 97 yards.  NaVorro Bowman continues to play well and he led the team in solo tackles with eight and he also recovered a fumble.

Up next for the Raiders is a trip to Kansas City.  The Chiefs lost again and the AFC West now has three teams with 6-6 records.  Sheesh!  Talk about AFC mediocrity!  Still, the Raiders need to keep winning and it won’t be easy with three of their last four games on the road.  But the first thing they have to do is beat Kansas City.  Until then, take it easy.

The Raider Guy



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