The Las Vegas Raiders got back into the win column on Thursday afternoon ending a three game skid, beating the Dallas Cowboys 36-33 in overtime behind an impressive offensive performance to improve to 6-5 on the season.
After failing to score more than 16 points the previous three weeks, the offense finally got back on track putting up over 500 yards on offense and scoring 36 points. It was a superb performance from quarterback Derek Carr given his most talented weapon Darren Waller exited the game in the second quarter due to a knee injury and never returned.
Dallas was short-handed as well, missing their top two wide outs Amari Cooper and Ceedee Lamb due to injury. But Dak Prescott still managed to keep the Cowboys in the game and finished with an impressive stat line of 375 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
While Carr racked up 373 yards through the air, the rushing attack was on full display — tallying 143 yards on the ground — their highest mark of the season. Josh Jacobs led the way with 87 rushing yards and a touchdown off 22 carries.
Yellow flags were constantly being thrown around the field. Both teams were penalized 14 times throughout the game which resulted in 276 total penalty yards, including a crucial pass interference by the Cowboys defense that set up the Raiders game winning field goal in overtime.
When Carr throws for over 300 yards this season, the Raiders are 6-0. Despite the improved defensive unit, this team relies heavily on their offense to get it done each week. The lack of consistency has been obvious this season, but it’s hard to imagine all the distractions that have taken place hasn’t affected that.
Recently acquired wide receiver DeSean Jackson torched the Cowboys like he used to during his time in Philadelphia. Jackson gave the Raiders an early lead in the first quarter when he caught a crossing route and took it 56 yards for a touchdown. The Raiders are hoping that having legitimate speed back at the Z receiver spot can reignite this offense moving forward.
Jacobs was asked if he had ever seen a 35-year-old run as fast as Jackson. "Shit, I didn’t even know he was 35," Jacobs said. "He looks so effortless too. I’m like, ‘Bro, you just be gliding.’ That’s crazy."
Pulling off a win on a short week as road underdogs against a respectable team just might have been the jolt the Raiders needed to get back on track. They host the Washington Football Team in week 13.