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Raiders-Jaguars week 7 recap, final score: Raiders flip the script, beat down Jags 33-16

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The Raiders did in Jacksonville what the Chiefs did to them in Oakland last week.

A sluggish game early for the Raiders offense, picked up in the second quarter leading to two touchdowns. Meanwhile the Jaguars started sluggish and stayed that way.

Even still the Raiders led throughout. They scored on their second drive through the air, with the big play going to Seth Roberts for 26 yards. They reached the 7-yard-line, but settled for a short field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

The Jaguars drove to the Oakland 20-yard-line, and were looking to tie it up. Blake Bortles went for the end zone and David Amerson picked it off for a touchback to keep the Jaguars scoreless.

The Raiders offense couldn’t do anything with it and punted the ball away. But Jaguars return man Rashad Greene muffed it and Andre Holmes recovered it to give the Raiders the ball back at the Jacksonville 17-yard-line. Once again, the offense was stagnant and settled for a field goal and a 6-0 lead.

On the following drive, the Jaguars would get on the board for the first time. Set up by a 42-yard run by Chris Ivory around the right side. It was the longest run by any Jaguars player all season. Ivory had just 75 yards on 31 carries (2.4 ypc) coming into the game.

That’s when the Raiders offense came to life. They stayed on the ground for most of the next drive to go 75 yards in 11 plays for the touchdown. The first play of the drive saw Johnny Holton on the end around from right to left for 29 yards. Nine of the eleven plays on the drive were runs, including the 2-yard touchdown run by Latavius Murray to finish it off.

Another Jaguars field goal would make it 13-6 with 1:49 remaining. And just as Derek Carr and the Raiders have done many times this season, they ruled the 2-minute drill. At their own 42-yard-line, Carr had open field to run it, but saw Michael Crabtree with a step on his defender and aired it out. Crabtree pulled it in over his shoulder and the Raiders were in business at first and goal at the 2-yard-line. Carr went back to Crabtree for the touchdown.

A 20-6 halftime lead became 20-9 with the Jaguars driving into scoring position on their first drive of the second half. But just as the Raiders defense had done in the first half, they stopped the Jaguars offense and kept them out of the end zone.

Neither team could get anything going on offense the rest of the third quarter. But the Raiders defense and special teams won the field position battle and led to a field goal late in the quarter.

Two Jaguars drives began and ended inside their own ten-yard-line off of two 60-yard punts by Marquette King. The second series ended with a 7-yard loss on Khalil Mack’s third sack of the season. The Jaguars punted out of their own end zone again, with this punt returned by Jalen Richard to the Jaguars’ 37-yard-line. The Janikowski 44-yard field goal gave the Raiders a 23-9 heading into the fourth quarter.

A big return from Jalen Richard was called back with two holding penalties, bringing it back 30 yards. Then on the ensuing drive, Malik Jackson shoved Derek Carr -- who did quite the acting job – and was called for roughing the passer. Jackson was NOT happy about the call and had a few choice words for the officials. They tacked on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and just like that, the Raiders got those 30 yards back. They added another field goal to make it a three score game at 26-9.

From there it was a matter of time. The Raiders ran clock on offense, and went into prevent on defense. That, of course, meant the Jaguars would drive for a touchdown. First it was a 39-yard catch by Arelious Benn thanks in part to a Keith McGill missed tackle. Then it was what should have been an interception by Malcolm Smith in the end zone, but Julius Thomas took it away from him for the score.

That touchdown put some window dressing on a blowout, bringing it to 26-16 with 4:12 remaining.

In those final minutes, the Jaguars were starting fights with every whistle. It had Donald Penn called for unnecessary roughness defending his teammates and Johnny Holton and Jalen Ramsey both ejected.

A low snap to Marquette King on a punt had the former wide receiver take off around the right side for a first down. With the ball at the Jacksonville 35, the Raiders decided to put clock bleeding aside for a moment and score again. Carr went to Amari Cooper up the right sideline for 18 yards. Then Latavius Murray finished it off with a run up the middle for the touchdown and a 33-16 lead.

The game would be sealed on a Sean Smith pass defended that was intercepted by Reggie Nelson.

The Raiders improve to 5-2 on the season while the Jaguars 2-game winning streak is snapped to drop them to 2-4.