His peers sure do appreciate the Pro Bowler.
"We all know Maxx is a tremendous player — truthfully, a top 10 defensive player in this league," Duron Harmon said. "Week in and week out, he gives us great energy and plays the right way. He just took over the game when we needed him to. That’s why he’s the player he is." Duron added "If he keeps playing like that, we’re going to be a more and more successful defense."
Talk about a final stat line: Crosby was credited with six tackles (two for loss), two sacks, three quarterback hits, the forced fumble and blocked field goal.
"It’s the little things in football," Crosby said. "The tiny details between winning and losing that we had been missing. Just go out and play for each other with passion — things that require no talent. Everybody is good in this league. Everybody knows football. Everybody knows how to play football."
Sometimes you MAY have to remind them, Maxx!!!
"But it’s the little details that we had today. We had the juice … We’ve been through a lot. I’m just proud of all the guys. They worked their asses off."
They definitely improved in the 4th Quarter.
Crosby also blocked two kicks against the Broncos in Week 17 of the 2020 season, which were the last two blocks for the Raiders in any game.
He is the first Raiders player with a sack, forced fumble and blocked field goal in the same game since 2000 and became the third player in franchise history with at least 30 sacks and 200 tackles in their first four seasons.
MVP! MVP! MVP!!! (Well, maybe a tie with Jacobs and Adams (:)
It appeared that newcomer CB Tyler Hall also made a bit of an impact after recently bringing him up from the practice squad.
Hall had three tackles, including a sack of Russell Wilson. The sack, incidentally, moves him ahead of defensive end Chandler Jones in that category (.5).
Hall, whom the Raiders signed in early October to the practice squad, played at Wyoming and has played with the Falcons and Rams in the first two years of his career
"I just wanted to capitalize on my opportunity. Just trying to make the most of it," Hall said. "Getting that sack was (exciting). There’s things I need to improve on, but it’s all about getting the win. Big game, division game, trying to get our feet back on track. We all fought together today to the end of the whistle."
DT Jerry Tillery was also newer blood recently added to the team. He logged only one tackle but is just getting his feet wet.
"These coaches and the guys on the team have accepted me and brought me along," Tillery said. "I got a small bite of the apple relative to the playbook this week, and I have to earn that trust. I have to earn the trust of the coaches and my teammates, and they’ll be able to have the whole pie, to extend my metaphor."
JUST BRING IT, JERRY!
I guess MORE players deserve that MVP award than I thought. The Offensive Line was OUTSTANDING without our starting LT Kolton Miller. Jermaine Eluemunor was giving all that he could by protecting Carr and helping Josh Jacobs rush for 109 hard yards on a so-called #1 Defense. You have come a long way from Pre Season, sir!
"I am so happy for (Eluemunor)," Carr said. "If there’s one guy that gets, you know, jokes at him all the time, it’s him, but he always comes to work."
Eluemunor has moved all around the offensive line this season, spending time at guard and tackle. In the process, he’s quietly put together a solid season.
"Whatever you ask him to do … play guard … play tackle," Carr said. "The confidence he has, the level of his play since he got here to where it is now, I’m just so proud of him. I need him, and he stepped up in a mighty big way."
RIP DC KICKING STREAK!
Dan Carlson made three field goals in the second half of a 22-16 overtime victory over the Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High, including two from more than 50 yards and a 25-yarder with 16 seconds left in regulation to force OT
It was his lone miss of the day, however, that ended his streak of 41 consecutive made field goals, three short of tying the NFL’s all-time record.
"It was fun to chase after," Carlson said of coming up short of Adam Vinatieri’s mark, which was set in 2015 and 2016. "Obviously, when I’m older, I’m sure I’ll be like, ‘Dang, I wish I had gotten that.’ But I was able to come back and make a couple kicks later, and we got the win. That helps a lot."
"I kind of jammed myself and pushed it," he said. "It happens. It was going to happen eventually."
After going the rest of last season without a miss, Carlson decided not to cut his hair. It now hangs to about his shoulders, and he said his wife, Katherine, has been wanting him to cut it.
"I guess I have to cut it now," he said. "That was kind of the deal with my wife."
Doesn’t anyone remember SAMSON AND DELILAH? DON’T DO IT DC!!!
His buddy Punter AJ Cole was also saddened by the miss.
"I’m disappointed, obviously," Cole said. "It will be nice to get some individuality back and kind of be my own person again, but it’s sad."
At least Teammates still supported Carlson heavily after the misfire.
"Some of the guys were like, ‘Keep your head up,’" he said. "Especially some of the younger guys who hadn’t seen it in a while. But I’ve been doing this for so long. I’ve had lots of misses and lots of makes. It’s all about the next one. So I’m glad I was able to respond."
He added "Every kick matters, but you have to trust the operation, and those guys up front did a great job protecting, too," Carlson said. "We blocked one of theirs down there earlier, and that’s the difference in the game. So the other 10 guys are as much a part of every kick as I am."
Long snapper Trent Sieg said the entire group wanted the record for Carlson.
"I was just happy to be along for the ride," Sieg said. "But now it’s a new streak, and it’s at three in a row. We’re on our way.
"I just hope he doesn’t take too much off. He looks way better with long hair."
Lol Everyone is a critic..
A big shoutout also goes to Foster Moreau last Sunday.
Foster had spent much of the game as an extra blocker helping Jermaine Elumenor, who was starting in place of injured left tackle Kolton Miller. But with the game on the line, the Raiders turned the tables by releasing Moreau as a receiver on a CRITICAL 33 YARD PLAY in OT.
"Foster made a great read," coach Josh McDaniels said.
"The window he found so I could throw it to him was unbelievable," Carr said.
I always knew Foster had great hands..if he was a tad bit faster, he’d be unstoppable!!!! Regardless.. that catch set up the eventual winning TD.
"Big-time playmaking is contagious," Adams said. "We talk about that all the time. Somebody getting that spark, getting it going."
"One of the biggest things we’ve been emphasizing lately is just getting back to having a lot of fun out there," Adams said.
Hell, you guys weren’t the only ones having fun!
NOW PLEASE..CONTINUE TO BRING SMILES TO RADIER NATION!!! (So what if you can’t see mine!!!!)