This game started out looking pretty competitive. The Raiders even had the lead a couple times. But the goal was always to try and keep Aaron Rodgers from having scoring opportunities and eventually the Raiders failed at that task and they failed miserably.
The opening drive, the Raiders ran the ball four straight times to get into field goal range. The big run was a 42-yarder by Josh Jacobs. The first pass attempt from Derek Carr fell incomplete and Daniel Carlson came out to hit a 45-yard field goal to put the Raiders up 3-0.
The Packers offense took the field for the first time and immediately drove for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. The Raiders didn’t answer immediately, but the defense held up the next trip out to give them another shot.
After a 1-4 start on Carr’s first two drives, he caught fire, going 9 for 9 for 87 yards including a touchdown pass to Foster Moreau to put the Raiders up 10-7 early in the second quarter.
Once again the Packers would answer the Raiders score with one of their own. They went on an 11-play 82-yard drive culminating in Aaron Rodgers throwing his second touchdown of the day to retake the lead at 14-10.
With 3:27 left in the first half, the Raiders had plenty of time to drive to take the lead at the half. For this, Carr got top target Darren Waller involved, first on a 16-yard pass along the left sideline and then a 48-yard pass over the middle. That pass over the middle was behind him and forced Waller to make a correction that slowed him up just enough to get tripped up at the three-yard-line. But the Raiders were still in scoring position.
Josh Jacobs picks up two yards on the next play to put the Raiders in second and goal from the one. Then Carr dropped back, couldn’t find a receiver, and decided to take it himself. He tried to get to the pylon and dove for it, doing what he should never do, he lost the ball in the air and it went through the end zone and out of bounds for a touchback.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because he did the same thing in 2017 in a loss to the Cowboys.
You would hope he’d have learned from the previous instance, but he didn’t. And the turnover not only cost the Raiders a score, but gave the ball to the Packers at the 20-yard-line with over a minute left in the half.
Now it was the Packers who had time to score before halftime. And that’s just what they did, capping it off with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Kumerow. And just like that, instead of it being a 17-14 Raiders lead at half, it was a 21-10 Packers lead. And the Packers would have the ball to start the second half too.
As you might have expected, Rodgers picked up right where he left off in the second half. On the first play he found Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 59-yard completion. Four plays later, he ran a play action fake to the left that completely fooled the Raiders defensive front as he ran a bootleg to easily trot in for the score.
Down 28-10, the Raiders would try to make a game of it. Carr would move the Raiders offense down the field, once again going to his top receiver Waller several times, including the touchdown from seven yards out. It was Waller’s first touchdown as a Raider after two previous near touchdowns earlier in the game — one called back by a David Sharpe holding penalty, the other one getting caught from behind near the goal line.
It was an 11-point game which meant the game was within reach, but the defense would need to step up and stop Aaron Rodgers at least once. It did not. Rodgers once again drove right down the field for the score to give the Packers a 35-17 lead heading into the 4th quarter.
A long drive by the Raiders had them in first and goal from the 7-yard-line. They got the ball to Josh Jacobs on every play after that, leading to fourth and goal from the one-yard-line. The play call was the same goal line dive play that led to a touchdown against the Bears. But the Packers played it perfectly and spun Jacobs around to keep him out of the end zone and turn the ball over on downs.
The defense would hold for the Raiders to give them great field position when they got the ball back. A nifty pluck by Marcell Ateman would pick up 36 yards and put the Raiders at the 15-yard-line. Then Carr threw for Waller in double coverage in the end zone and was intercepted.
Just for kicks, Rodgers would come back in and throw a 74-yard touchdown bomb to Valdes-Scantling to go up 42-17. It was Rodgers’s 5th passing touchdown and 6th touchdown overall.
When the offense came back out, it was with Mike Glennon at quarterback. Both teams went three-and-out as they were just trying to get this one over with. Then a 32-yard punt return by Trevor Davis put the Raiders at the Green Bay 40, so Gruden let Glennon air it out. He would throw a 17-yard touchdown to Darren Waller for the final score of 42-24.
Rodgers would finish 25 of 31 for 429 yards with 5 passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Marquez Valdes-Scantling would have 133 yards and a touchdown on two completions.
Josh Jacobs led the Raiders in rushing with 124 yards on 21 carries. Darren Waller had his second 100-yard game, putting up 126 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Packers improve to 6-1 on the season while the Raiders drop to 3-3.