Oakland Raiders 24 vs. New York Giants 17 – Anthony Zaragoza (@ZaragozaAnthony)
- It wasn’t a pretty performance by Derek Carr, but it got the job done. Carr led the Raiders offense with two fourth quarter touchdown drives to hold off Geno Smith and the Giants 24-17. Carr was 22-37 with 287 yards and one TD pass. The former Fresno State star had his moments in this game that could have cost the team (two passes that should have been intercepted). Nonetheless, Carr showed his leadership when the team needed him the most, even without his top two targets in this game. Carr has a great matchup next week versus the Chiefs.
- Beast Mode! The veteran running back group, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 101 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown, his first 100 yard game since 2014. Lynch also added through the air two catches for 20 yards. The bulk of Lynch’s damage did come in his first quarter touchdown run, where he showed his burst through the heart of the Giants rush defense. If you’re looking to shop Lynch around, right now is the perfect time to do so.
- It was a rough afternoon for Jalen Richard. Richard had three fumbles, all on punt returns, versus the Giants. Luckily for the Raiders, the team recovered all three. Unfortunately, Richards usage on offense was affected by his unsure hands in this game. The 2016 UDFA received two touches on the day, one rush and one catch for nine yards total. This is a game Richard and his owners hope the coaching staff forgets quickly.
- In a game missing both Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, Jared Cook was positioned for a high volume afternoon against the struggling Giants. That was not the case for the former Packer. Cook only had one reception for nine yards on Sunday. Cook exited the game for a series early in the game and could never fully recover. Clive Walford, the backup TE, made some nice grabs and seemed to be Carr’s favorite target on the day. Monitor this situation moving forward, as the Raiders liked Walford a lot in 2015.
- One of the defensive stars in the Raiders victory against the Giants was former Seahawk Bruce Irvin. Irvin strip-sacked Smith on Sunday and amassed eight tackles. Irvin now has three sacks and two forced fumbles in the Raiders last two games. It appears Irvin is starting to heat up with new Defensive Coordinator John Pagano calling the plays now.
New York Giants
- The Geno Smith experiment did not work, at all. Smith did his best with what he had Sunday, displaying his running ability and putting some pressure on the Raiders defense. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome his two lost fumbles and three sacks. Smith threw for 212 yards and one touchdown. I can’t imagine Smith will make another start this season. So if you picked him up last week, for whatever reason, he is free to drop as he will serve no value in the future for the Giants.
- The running game was nonexistent for the Giants on Sunday. A big part of that was Orleans Darkwa‘s inability to break the first tackle. Darkwa was limited to only 32 yards on 14 rushes. He did salvage the afternoon with a rushing touchdown for his owners. Playing on a one year deal this season, it will be interesting to see where Darkwa lands next season. The former Tulane star is worth a stash to find out.
- Sterling Shepard was not able to take advantage of the Raiders soft secondary this past weekend. Shepard followed up his 11 catch performance last week with only three catches for 56 yards on Sunday. Shepard did break off a nice 47-yard catch that displayed his explosive speed, but that was the extent of his day.
- Evan Engram balled out in Oakland and had himself a career game on Sunday. Engram set career highs in receptions (7) and yards (99) this past weekend, with some highlight reel material as well. Smith favored the former Mississippi star and confirmed his upward trend this season. Engram is practically a wide receiver out there and it looks like he will be a focal point in this offense for years to come.
- Once again, Landon Collins was all over the field for the Giants. Collins led the team in tackles with nine and was a constant pest to Carr and the Raiders offense. With so many stars out for the Giants, Collins has been rock solid for New York this season.