Last Thursday, the Oakland Raiders won a thriller on the last play against their division rival Kansas City Chiefs, 31-30.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 417 yards and three touchdowns. His last pass was the game-winning touchdown which left no time remaining. It was Carr’s first game passing for over 300 yards this season.
Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper had over half of Carr’s yards with 210 receiving yards and two touchdowns. It was the first time Cooper had eclipsed triple digits in yardage this year.
The Raiders will be on the road next week when they take on the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are coming off of a close victory at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If the Raiders can contain Bills running back LeSean McCoy, they will have a much better chance of winning.
Even after beating the Chiefs last week, the Raiders are still 3-4 and last place in their division. They must begin piling wins to have a chance at the playoffs.
There has been much criticism driven towards Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing this year. Last week it seems as if he must have heard it because that was the first time this year we’ve seen the Raiders offense look as explosive as they were last season.
After the Bills, the Raiders will play the Miami Dolphins on the road. The Raiders have lost their last five games against the Dolphins. In those games, they’ve been outscored 157-73.
If they can pick up back-to-back wins on the road they will be 5-4 heading into a Mexico City matchup against the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.
The Raiders need these next two games on the road if they want to contend for a spot in the playoffs. In the coming weeks we’ll see how resilient this team truly is.
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