LAS VEGAS (AP) – Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr found inactive tight end Darren Waller on the sidelines in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles to let him know “how bad” he is. it wasn’t about having his best target on the pitch.
“I joked, ‘that’s 20 targets that I have to pay other targets now,” Carr told Waller.
Carr threw for 323 yards, completing 31 of 34 passing attempts with a touchdown, and Las Vegas beat the Eagles, 33-22.
Carr’s 91.1% completion percentage was a career-best percentage and the second-best one-game percentage in NFL history behind Drew Brees (96.7%), on a minimum of 30 attempts.
“We can all see the relationship he and (offensive coordinator) Greg Olson have with this offense, it’s really coming to fruition,” said Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia. “Off the pitch, Derek is the voice of the Raiders right now. Players always want to listen to it. … He’s a great leader on and off the pitch.
The Raiders (5-2) defeated Philadelphia 443-358 in a dominating performance that saw Las Vegas score on five straight possessions following the end of its first series with Carr intercepted inside the Eagles’ 5-yard line.
It was Las Vegas’ second straight win with Olson calling offensive games, and since former coach Jon Gruden stepped down on Oct. 11 due to offensive emails he sent before he was hired in 2018.
Under Bisaccia, the Raiders dominated Denver and Philadelphia 67-46 collectively, and both 869-779.
The Eagles (2-5) lost their second in a row and for the fifth time in six games.
Joining Waller on the sidelines after running for 29 yards on six attempts, including a touchdown, was running back Josh Jacobs, who sustained a chest injury.
Career-high tight end Foster Moreau, who recorded six receptions for 60 yards, and Kenyan running back Drake, who rushed for 69 yards on 14 attempts, including one touchdown, took the place of the Pro Bowlers. .
“Our team rose to the challenge of not having Darren and certainly Foster stepped up and played really well,” said Bisaccia. “It was a complete team effort from start to finish.”
Leading up to Carr’s second interception in the red zone of the season, the Eagles ran for 62 yards in eight games on the game’s first down. Jalen Hurts found rookie running back Kenneth Gainwell in the middle for 13 yards.
Las Vegas scored the first of their points on a 30-0 streak on their second possession early in the second quarter. Carr hit Moreau for a touchdown from 18 yards. Jacobs added an 8-yard touchdown when he scampered around the left edge on the Raiders’ next possession.
Four different Raiders scored touchdowns as Drake and Bryan Edwards found the end zone in the third quarter.
And while the Raiders ‘offensive line had its best performance of the season – it allowed no rampages – Las Vegas’ pass rush continued to haunt the quarterbacks. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue had two sacks, the 12th multi-sack game of his career and the second such performance this season.
After his touchdown, the Eagles’ next six possessions ended with a punt, punt, fumble, end of first half, punt and fumble. Las Vegas had take-out in back-to-back games for the first time since doing so three times in a row in 2019.
“We threw the ball at these guys,” Philadelphia tight end Dallas Goedert said. “We knew what they were going to do defensively. We started the game with good training. We just have to convert and keep driving throughout the game. ”
It was a reunion of former National Champions, as Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (2017-20) and offensive lineman Landon Dickerson (2019-20) teamed up in Alabama with Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (2016-18), wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (2017-19) and offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood (2017-20). Together, the quintet has seven National Championship rings, Smith and Leatherwood have two, and Dickerson, Jacobs and Ruggs each have one.
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Jason Kelce has started 112 straight games in the regular season, the longest active streak among NFL crosses. Kelce, who gave advice to disgruntled Philadelphia 76ers goaltender Ben Simmons, saying “I’m just playing better, man” last week, was called up for a critical unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a third down. The Eagles lost one later and the Raiders extended their lead to 23 points in their next practice.
Eagles: Miles Sanders limped and ate in the first quarter, barely able to put pressure on his right leg, after being tackled by Denzel Perryman. Sanders did not return due to an ankle injury. JJ Arcega-Whiteside was injured in the third quarter with a back injury.
Raiders: Jacobs left at the end of the second quarter with a chest injury, after his touchdown, and didn’t come back.
Eagles: visit Detroit next Sunday
Raiders: Let them go next week and won’t play until Nov. 7 at the New York Giants.
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