There have been a few games this season for the Raiders in which they started out competitive, and even holding a lead only to lose it and let the game get away from them. None got quite so much away from them as this one.
They had the lead twice in the early going. First 3-0, then 10-7. But that lead was lost in the second quarter and by early in the third, it had been extended to 28-10. Three of the Raiders’ trips into the end zone resulted in no point – two on turnovers, the third on a failed run on fourth and goal from the one. Aaron Rodgers scored six touchdowns, five through the air, and finished with a perfect passer rating.
Yeah, not much to be happy about. But as per usual, we’ll start there before detailing the failings.
Despite being the Raiders leading receiver coming into this game, Darren Waller had yet to score a touchdown. That changed, even though it took a few tried to get it.
He looked to have scored a touchdown early in the second quarter when Carr found him wide open on the left side, but a holding penalty on David Sharpe brought it back. It would end up being fellow tight end Foster Moreau who would get the TD a few plays later.
The very next drive, Waller again broke open and looked like he had a sure touchdown, but Carr’s pass was behind him, forcing him to turn completely around to get it which led to him being tripped up at the 3-yard-line. This time they wouldn’t score anyway as two plays later Carr fumbled the ball through the end zone for a touchback.
Come the third quarter, with the Raiders now down 28-10, Waller finally found paydirt. First he had an 18-yard catch, then a 12-yard catch, and ultimately, on third and two from the 7, Carr found him in the back of the end zone for the score.
The Packers would answer to go up 35-17, but Waller continued to do work. An 8-yard catch was followed by a key block on a 27-yard run by Josh Jacobs. That drive ended with the Raiders failing to get into the end zone on fourth and goal from the one.
Waller would find the end zone again, though it was late in the fourth with the game well out of hand. He finished with 7 catches for 126 yards and 2 TD’s.
The very first play of the game, he took the ball inside the left tackle and laid a charge into a Packers’ safety to pick up nine yards. After picking up the first down on the next run, he went on a magnificent run in which he broke three tackles on his way to picking up 42 yards. He got banged up on one of those runs and came out of the game and the drive stalled, leading to a field goal.
He had four carries for 13 yards on the Raiders’ next scoring drive. Later he had 23 yards on five carries on the next scoring drive in the third quarter. He added a 27-yard run on the next drive, though his dive on fourth and goal at the one was stopped for no gain to turn the ball over on downs.
Jacobs finished with 124 yards on 21 carries.
Kolton Miller – Didn’t allow any sacks and had a couple run blocks as well.
Foster Moreau – Had two catches for 24 yards and the Raiders first touchdown.