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Raiders Recap: Big but ugly win in Mexico City

Oct 30, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) runs with the ball in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Buccaneers 30-24 in overtime.
Oct 30, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) runs with the ball in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Buccaneers 30-24 in overtime.

The Oakland Raiders climb to 8-2 with a exhilarating 27-20 victory of the Texans. In a game marred by dropping passes, inefficient running and blown coverage, Oakland did just enough to secure the victory.


MVP – Derek Carr


Derek Carr’s poise is not of this world. When Oakland trailed, there was no sense of desperation. Carr methodically dissected the Texas defense for 295 yards passing on 21/31 passing and three touchdowns. The most impressive aspect of Carr’s night is seeing him excel in the face of a hellacious one-man pass rush. Texas DE Jadeveon Clowney continuously harassed Carr. Save for the atrocious pick, Carr rallied Oakland late, which is becoming par for the course.


LVP – Hands/Hayden


Hands. Basically, Seth Roberts doesn’t possess working ones and DJ Hayden’s are overactive. Roberts’ drops are usually of the big play variety. There has to be a vision issue. How can his concentration and coordinator be this wretched? Roberts seems prone to one drive-killing, cringe-inducing drop per game. If the Raiders did not win tonight, the hope for Andre Holmes increases.

Hayden is a completely different mess. Whatever goodwill his recently improved play fostered is rapidly diminishing. Hayden doesn’t conceal his penalties. He will blatantly clutch, grip, spin and turn opposing receivers. The galling part is seeing him look at the official with utter bewilderment. Houston began to spot Hayden and work the ball towards him. Maybe this is a one-game aberration, but Hayden isn’t good enough to compensate for terrible technique. He displayed a poor break on the ball, sloppy angles, and little to n instinct.


Key Stat – 10


This is the number of total tackles from Raiders’ LB Bruce Irvin. After failing to seal the edge on an early running play , Irvin settled in and played his most complete game as a Raider. His explosion seemed in line with his Seattle days. While the Texans’ linemen were dropping like flies due to injury, Irvin continued the pressure. If he can replicate similar numbers on a weekly basis, the Raiders‘ linebacking situation steadily improves.


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What this Win Means


At 8-2, Oakland sits alone atop the AFC West. After ten games, first place is an extraordinary feeling. Yet, the hope is the Raiders remain hungry. With three division games remaining, the time to gain standings separation is now. Putting space between division rivals will assist with better playoff seeding. In my two years of writing for Cover32, I’ve only dreamed of the playoffs. This victory is one step closer.


Up Next


The Raiders travel back to Oakland to host the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are missing standout MLB Luke Kuechly, who entered into the league’s concussion protocol. Cam Newton is a stellar athlete, behind a struggling offensive line.

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