The Raiders, meanwhile, showed why they are a Super Bowl contender, and Carr and Mack showed why they deserved those MVP chants that were reverberating throughout the Oakland Coliseum.
The Raiders were once again held to a field goal, bringing the Buffalo Bills’ lead to 10-6 with 2:50 left in the first half. They don’t give up, they actually turn into their rampaging real selves. This is something Taylor just does not do. “We don’t panic, we don’t sweat”. “It was one of those situations where everything they did went right and we just couldn’t make a play”.
But when Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was asked about each after Sunday’s win, his praise was much more effusive for Mack than Carr. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make a stop when we needed it. Yes, they were playing superb football on both sides of the ball against a star-studded Oakland team on the road.
Rawls finished with 106 yards on 15 carries, quiet in the second half after briefly being checked for a concussion.
If he does, in fact, return to the Raiders this season, Smith will join a pass rush that already features Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin on the edges.
With their first winning record in 14 years secured, the Oakland Raiders are moving closer toward reaching the postseason for the first time since that 2002 campaign.
“Reminds me a little bit of a guy I played against named Barry Sanders”, said Del Rio, who played 11 seasons as an National Football League linebacker.
“I don’t care if it’s ugly, pretty”.
“I come early, and I see him being here too. sitting there with a notebook of plays and looking over everything that we are going to call during the game”. In an offensive struggle of a first half the Bills would not give up the lead for long putting together the only touchdown drive of the first half following the Raiders score. On the road against the Oakland Raiders, they carried a lead from the end of the first quarter, straight through to nearly midway through the third. I know what type of team we are.
“It felt good, man”.
“To be honest, I don’t think there’s anything that’s just magical that you’re just in the zone and it’s working”.
According to ESPN, when trailing in the second half or in overtime Carr has thrown 13 touchdowns this season… and zero interceptions. There’s no question, you hate to ruin that kind of day from Shady.
Golden Tate exploited a coverage breakdown on third-and-long for a 66-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Detroit (8-4) was clinging to a six-point lead.
Oakland scored touchdowns on three straight drives, including scoring strikes from Carr to Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper for his 11th career fourth-quarter comeback.
And on first down, Mack deflected Taylor’s pass and safety Nate Allen intercepted, giving Oakland a first down at Buffalo’s 16.
Matt Barkley, making his second start with Jay Cutler sidelined by a season-ending shoulder injury, went almost the entire first half without a completion.
The Chargers (5-7) were trying to get back to.500 for the first time since Week 2.
The Raiders also had success on the ground with Latavius Murray scoring on two TD runs and even capitalized on two rare turnovers by the Bills to put the game away. They remained alone in first place in the West, one game ahead of the 9-3 Kansas City Chiefs.
“You can feel it-December is what you remember”, guard Kelechi Osemele said.
Buffalo has fallen apart numerous times over the years. “The game was in our hands, we just lost it”. “Because if we make the plays we’re supposed to make, we can score a lot of points”. Added PFF: “Carr is now No. 5 in PFF’s season grades among QBs at 88.4, and the ability of the Raiders’ offensive line to keep him clean has played a big role in his success”.