Derek Carr threw for 351 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Raiders on Sunday, including a touchdown to Seth Roberts with under a minute to play in regulation to put his Raiders ahead for good, 37 to 33.

The game got off to a hot start for the Oakland offense, with a 68 yard touchdown pass from Carr to Amari Cooper on their first series.  Cooper already had two drops in the game and had gone to the bench briefly.  The rookie showed some moxie and came up big. He went on to catch 7 balls for 109 yards and a touchdown.  His fellow starting receiver Michael Crabtree also had a touchdown reception with 9 catches for 111 yards total.

The pass protection for the Raiders was steller, with Carr having plenty of time to survey the field.  The running game was just productive enough to be a threat, with 15 runs by Latavius Murray for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Oakland had two 10 point leads in the game. One in the 1st quarter at 10-0, and one in the fourth quarter at 30-10. Both times, the Ravens offense was able to score on the Raiders. Joe Flacco threw for 384 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The pass rush for the Raiders was scarcely seen, and produced zero sacks.  The young secondary was tested, and while they gave up lots of yards and points, did have some bright moments and broke up some passes.  Neiko Thorpe stepped up and had a real impact.  T.J. Carrie and D.J. Hayden had some moments. They caught a huge break when Steve Smith caught a potential TD out of bounds late in the 4th quarter.  He was wide open and Flacco was a off a bit. They settled for a field goal to go ahead 33-30, setting up Carr for the comeback.

But the defense overall needs work, especially when it comes to getting after the QB. They need work everywhere, really. Joe Flacco had whatever he wanted most of the day.

In a big win for the Raiders (their first win in September since 2013), the team may have found an identity.  They upgraded the skill positions for a more potent offense.  With the looks of the defense, the team’s calling card may be having to win with a high powered offense led by budding star Derek Carr at quarterback.

Luke Straub

Spark Sports NFL Analyst

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