Raiders complete comeback to stay perfect in OT
The Las Vegas Raiders stayed perfect this week, beating the Miami Dolphins 31-28 in overtime.
For the first time since their last Super Bowl round of the 2002-03 season, the Raiders started a 3-0 season. Much has changed since that year. It was the first year without Jon Gruden after his first tenure with the franchise. Since then, the franchise has also moved… for anyone who lived under a rock and didn’t know it.
Raiders QB Derek Carr plays at MVP level. He currently leads the league with 1,203 passing yards. He also has six touchdown passes and makes over 65% of his passing attempts.
In Sunday’s victory over the Dolphins, Carr completed 26 of his 43 attempted passes for 386 yards and two touchdowns. Even after Miami returned in the fourth quarter, Carr was able to keep his cool and lead his team into overtime.
After falling into a hole early, the Raiders had to pull through. Las Vegas ended up behind the Dolphins 14-0 after just ten minutes of the game. The turning point was when the Raiders were able to secure safety just before the end of the first quarter. After that, they scored 23 unanswered points to take a 25-14 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.
“The defense is going to keep us in this situation,” Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow said of the early drag. “We just have to go out, make plays, move the ball and keep our defense off the field. We did and luckily they had great security to get us to 14-2.
Wide receiver Bryan Edwards was the main receiver for both teams. He caught three of his five targets for a high 89 yards. His biggest catch came during winning practice in overtime. Facing a second and 15, Carr threw a 34-yard pass to Edwards, which put the Raiders on the Miami side.
“I’m so proud of their work ethic,” Carr said of his receivers. “It shows during the games. I gain confidence in them. They were our rookies at camp, they deserved it. They have proven it every day. Now we go into the matches and they make huge plays for us. “
With Josh Jacobs out for the second week in a row, the Raiders turned to Peyton Barber to lead them in the ground game. Barber finished with 23 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown. He had 47 rushing yards just in the overtime quarter to help the team secure the victory.
The Miami Dolphins were deprived of their starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, who was placed on the injured reserve list due to fractured ribs. In the first year, Dolphin Jacoby Brissett started as a quarterback. He finished with 215 passing yards, while completing 32 of his 49 passing attempts.
Running back Myles Gaskin led the way on the field for the Dolphins. He finished the day with 13 runs for 65 yards.
“Well, I would just like to thank our fans,” said head coach Jon Gruden. “Our Raiders fans made a big difference today.”
The Raiders’ next game is Monday night when they travel to Los Angeles to face the Chargers. Kick-off is scheduled for 5.15 p.m.
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