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Postby elaine95 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:01 am

BALTIMORE (AP) — Understanding that 27 carries a game is way too dangerous for an NFL quarterback , Lamar Jackson may do things differently in his second NFL start Sunday.Playing in place of the injured Joe Flacco last week, the former Louisville star slithered, juked and bulled his way for 117 yards rushing to lead the Baltimore Ravens past the Cincinnati Bengals 24-21.“I didn’t know about it until after the game,” Jackson said. “I was like, ‘I ran 27 times?’ I was shocked myself. So, I was like, ‘Dang, maybe I do have to get down.'”Or perhaps the rookie will decide that passing might be the way to go when the Ravens (5-5) face the Oakland Raiders (2-8).“We did whatever it took to win,” Jackson said. “Hopefully, I’m going to start throwing the ball more.”With Flacco out with a sore right hip for at least one more week, Jackson hopes to utilize both his feet and right arm when operating the run-pass option that has suddenly become a staple of the Baltimore offense.“They played a different style of football,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said after watching tape of the Cincinnati game. “They were able to adapt, and it’s a real credit to all those Ravens. But (Jackson) is tough to prepare for. You don’t know what he’s going to do, but you do know what he’s capable of doing and it’s scary.”With Jackson and rookie running back Gus Edwards (115 yards rushing) leading the way, the Ravens snapped a three-game skid and got back in the playoff hunt.The Raiders ended a five-game losing streak against Arizona last week, and quarterback Derek Carr wants to keep the momentum going.“I want to mess up the draft . I don’t want the first pick,” Carr said. “I want to win all these games. I want everyone to be mad at me for that.”Some other things to know about the Raiders-Ravens matchup:ROCKET RICHARDThere haven’t been many positives for Gruden in his first season back in charge of the Raiders, but the play of running back Jalen Richard has been one of them.Richard leads the team with 51 catches this season and has been counted on as a runner more after Marshawn Lynch went on IR with a groin injury last month. Gruden called Richard the team’s MVP so far.“He’s a guy that I think someday could run for 1,000 yards and catch 1,000 yards worth of passes,” Gruden said. “He’s a guy we can line up in the slot, we can line him up out wide. He might not be the biggest back, but he plays big. He’s very quick and decisive, and he’s got great vision.”FAST AND STRONGCombining speed and strength, Edwards, an undrafted free agent, burst onto the scene last week with a huge performance.“Size and speed are a good combination,” coach John Harbaugh said of Edwards. “He has good acceleration, he runs hard, he’s a north/south guy, and he’s 240-plus (pounds). Yes, he’s doing a good job, and he has that big back-type build, which is a big plus.”RELIABLE ROOKIESeventh-round receiver Marcell Ateman fared well in his debut for Oakland last week, catching four passes for 50 yards, including a 32-yarder on the game-winning drive.Ateman got his first chance because of injuries to Martavis Bryant and Jordy Nelson. Nelson might be back this week, but Brandon LaFell is out for the season with an Achilles injury — meaning the Raiders will need more from Ateman again.“I was really pleased with Ateman,” Gruden said. “It wasn’t too big for him. He was confident. He was under control. He was calm. He made some plays.”UNUSED WIDEOUTSJackson’s propensity to run means fewer catches for Baltimore receivers, but with they’ll gladly trade receptions for wins.Long-ball threat John Brown said: “I haven’t played with a quarterback that runs that much. But, at the end of the day, that’s his style of play, and he’s making the plays. Everybody is happy with it.”MISSING CRABMichael Crabtree was Carr’s most trusted receiver during their three years together in Oakland. Whenever Carr needed to find someone for a key first down or touchdown, Crabtree was usually the player he looked to first. Crabtree’s 217 catches and 24 TDs on passes from Carr are the most of anyone.The Raiders released Crabtree in March and he signed with Baltimore, where he has 42 catches for 479 yards this season.Crabtree expressed no desire to extract revenge against his former team.“Next game. We’re on the end of a stretch right here, so every game counts for us ,” Crabtree said. “The next game is the Raiders.”Raiders late game heroics give Derek Carr that old 2016 feeling again 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, 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, 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 @LeviDamien

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