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What a game for the Raiders Sunday in Oakland. And what a very different experience in how it played out. In many ways it was like night and day from the first three weeks. And that turned out to be a very good thing.In each of the Raiders’ first three games Cheap Reggie Nelson Jersey , they scored on their opening drive, never trailed in the first half, didn’t score more than 13 points in the first half, took a lead into the half, and lost the game in the 4th quarter. In this one they did none of those things. They went three-and-out on the first two drives, trailed 9-7 early in the second quarter, trailed at the half 17-14, and took a lead in the 4th quarter.They would lose that lead in the 4th quarter and even see the Browns pull away, taking an 8-point lead.With 4:20 remaining, the Raiders went on a drive, needing a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie it. That means it was four-down territory. They would get as close as the 6-yard-line only to see the drive end with Derek Carr throwing wide of Amari Cooper in the end zone for a turnover on downs.That looked like it could be the game ending play. With 1:51 remaining, the Browns took the ball at their own 9-yard-line, needing just one first down to seal it. In third and two, Carlos Hyde ran it and was ruled to have picked up the first down. It again looked to be over. Then the call was reversed. And with 1:28 remaining, the Raiders would get the ball back at their own 47-yard-line.That’s plenty of time and not far to go. But the odds were not in the Raiders favor. It’s a position Derek Carr found himself on several occasions in their big 2016 season. That year, Carr led the Raiders to nine come from behind wins, seven of which were 4th quarter comebacks with five game-winning touchdowns.Remember those? It seems like a long time ago now considering what the Raiders looked like throughout the 2017 season and how they fell apart in the second half of each of their first three games this season.This game was already shaping up to be a complete departure from those first three games this season, so there wasn’t a feeling when the Raiders took the field that they were going to blow it the same way they did. But again, they needed to get the ball in the end zone twice to come away with a win, so no easy task. But not entirely unfamiliar for Carr.“I’ve been through a lot of things in five years,” said Carr. “The start of this year and half of this game has been some of the hardest stuff I’ve ever had to deal with http://www.raiderschea...tic-marshawn-lynch-jersey , because it’s frustrating thing. I feel the best — physically, mentally, all of those things that I ever have. But then I screw something up somwhere along the way. I’ll tell you this though — one thing I just said and looked to our guys and said fight. Whatever we do we’re going to fight. However this thing turns out, whether I throw three more picks or we go win this game, I promise you I’m going to fight.”Carr rallied his team, took the field, and drove the Raiders down the field and finished it with a touchdown pass to Jared Cook from 7 yards out. They then lined up for two and he went to Jordy Nelson out left for the tie. Former Raiders cornerback TJ Carrie was all over him and Nelson showed incredible strength and concentration to wrestle the ball in for the completion and the comeback was complete. The improbable comeback sent the two teams to overtime tied at 42-42.Once again, Carr drove the Raiders down the field and into scoring position, with the biggest play going to Amari Cooper for 36 yards — a play that put Coop over 100 yards on the day. A sack made the field goal a 50-yarder and for a moment Gruden considered punting it. But Carr convinced Gruden to give the new rookie kicker a shot. Matt McCrane, signed this week, came out to attempt the field goal off the dirt and for the second time in the game, he missed it wide left.The Browns would get the ball with the opportunity to win it on a field goal of their own, but went three-and-out to give Derek Carr another shot to be the hero.Passes to Jared Cook for 24 yards and Coop for 14 yards helped drive the Raiders back into field goal range at the 25. An 11-yard run off a pitch to Marshawn made that field goal a lot less of a gamble considering the two misses by the rookie McCrane earlier in the game. McCrane converted from 29 yards out and the Raiders got their first win of the season in similar fashion to most of their 12 wins in 2016.“For our team to close one out the way that we did, it did feel like old times,” said Carr. As for Derek Carr, he threw the ball all over the yard, putting up 437 yards and 4 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. He had two receivers go over 100 yards — Coop (114) and Jared Cook (110). They were the leading receivers in the first two games of the season, so it was a welcome sight to see them show up again and in the same game. Having two standout receivers happened fairly often between Coop and Michael Crabtree.The last time the Raiders won a game in overtime was October 30, 2016. That game Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree both went over 100 yards. And as you might recall, it was Seth Roberts who made the game-winning 41-yard touchdown catch.Also just like in 2016, the Raiders offense had to score a lot of points to pull it out. They put up 45 points in this game after averaging 17.3 points over the first three weeks. This game alone brought up their points per game for this season to 24.25. They averaged 26 points per game in 2016.Disclaimer: It’s important not to get ahead of ourselves here. This is one game. It’s a positive to see this team come back and win against a tough Browns squad. It does not signal the start of a playoff run. It merely shows shades of something they had not yet shown and got them their first win. The next step would be getting a lead and keeping it and not having to worry about giving anyone heart problems.Follow @LeviDamienMarshawn Lynch upset at being denied ball at goal line and ‘cute’ play leads to interception http://www.raiderschea...tic-rashaan-melvin-jersey , Gruden says ‘he and I have a lot in common’ Late in the third quarter on Sunday in what had been a dominating performance by the Chargers, the Raiders had a chance to pull within 20-10 with first and goal from the one-yard line. Everyone in the stadium including the Chargers defense knew the ball was going to Marshawn Lynch, except it wasn’t. Instead, Jon Gruden elected for a play action pass, and quarterback Derek Carr threw it right into the arms of Melvin Ingram to all but end the Raiders chances of a comeback. “We haven’t thrown the ball in a goal-to-go situation all year,” Gruden said. “It was first-and-goal, the decision there was to throw it. If it isn’t open, you throw it away. It didn’t work out. We expected that we’d have a wide open receiver on the play and obviously that will be second-guessed, rightfully so . . . I’ll live to hand the ball off on the next play, possibly.”This isn’t the first time Lynch has been deprived the football at the one-yard line, as an almost identical play cost the Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX. “I done seen it happen to me on the game’s biggest stage,” Lynch told ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez after the loss to the Chargers Sunday. “Now it’s happened in a regular-season game. It’s alright, though.”Lynch was told the stat that since the start of Super Bowl XLIX, teams with Lynch have now thrown four times from the one-yard line and are 0-4 including two interceptions. “That’s cute,” he replied. Heading into Sunday’s game, the running back nicknamed ‘Beastmode’ had forced 20 missed tackles, five more than the next closest rusher, earning an NFL-best 105.4 elusive rating from Pro Football Focus. An incredible 254 of his 300 rushing yards came after contact. His ‘unreal performance’ against the Browns in week three carried the Silver & Black to their first victory of the 2018 season. So for Gruden to refuse giving the ball to him in a short-yardage situation is inexcusable, yet it continues to happen.In week two, the Raiders were up 19-10 in Denver early in the fourth quarter with fourth and inches at the Broncos 33. But rather than lean on Lynch in one of the biggest plays of the game, Gruden elected to run a play action bootleg to fullback Keith Smith who dropped the pass. The following week against the Dolphins Cheap Jordy Nelson Jersey , Oakland was in a fourth and goal situation from the one-yard line. Gruden gave the ball to Smith who was stuffed and failed to convert.Later in the game on third and goal from the one-yard line, Gruden called Lynch’s number who skied over the Dolphins defense for a touchdown. “With [RB] Marshawn Lynch, we love to give him the ball but we had shown some things and they showed on film that this should be good and obviously they covered it and it didn’t work out,” explained Carr after the game. “But it’s been five games now where we’ve just — pow, pow, pow — so you have to throw a play action or else they’re all going to commit on him and it’s going to get stuck.”That’s all fine and good, except the “pow, pow, pow” plays that weren’t successful were ran with Smith rather than Lynch. After Carr’s goal line interception, Lynch was visibly upset taking off his helmet and looking like he wanted to throw it. While Gruden understands his frustration, it won’t stop him from passing on the goal line again.“I don’t want to see anybody get upset, I want everybody to be happy,” Gruden told the media on Monday. “It won’t be the last pass I call on first and goal either. I think that’s the best time to throw down there. I regret that it was intercepted. It turns out to be a horrible call. But we were down 20-3, Melvin Ingram’s your middle linebacker in a jam front and I wanted to throw a play action pass on the one foot line. My opinion is it shouldn’t have been intercepted, we shouldn’t do that right down there, but we did, and Lynch is frustrated, I think I threw my visor and my headset, so I think he and I have a lot in common.” One thing they don’t have in common is Lynch’s role with the team in short yardage situations. Lynch’s agent CJ LaBoy perfectly summed up Gruden’s flawed logic when he tweeted, “You have the greatest and most ferocious/feared short yardage back of all time...and you don’t give him the ball at the goal line?”

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