by Josh Dubo AP Pro Football Writer
LAS VEGAS – Derek Carr throws a 31-yard touchdown pass to Zay Jones after the Raiders lose their first right of overtime, defeating the Baltimore Ravens, 33-27, on Monday night in the team’s first game with fans in Las Vegas .
Carr’s second touchdown pass of the game came after Karl Nasib’s strip sack of Lamar Jackson on the Ravens’ 27-yard line. Luck made big news this season when he became the first active NFL player to come out as gay.
The Raiders had thrown an interception after driving to 1 in the early possession of overtime and made another mistake with the delay of the game prior to a field-goal attempt.
Coach John Gruden then sent the offense back on the field and Carr struck Jones in the next game for a game-winner, ending a fragile Allegiant Stadium crowd of 61,756. Gruden won, in a way, slapping fans in the region at the southern end of the black hole.
The Raiders started 14–0 when the Raiders led at least 14 points in 2004, ending a 98-game, regular-season winning streak for the Ravens.
The loss capped a tough stretch for the Ravens, who injured cornerback Marcus Peters along with JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill, the top three running backs for the season.
He had won the last five openers by a margin of 177–26, but he came up short in this nail-biter, thanks to a strong play from Carr, who threw 435 yards and two touchdowns, taking 34 of 56 attempts to an interception. completed with .
“It reminded me a lot of my career,” Carr said of the up and down game. “…I’m grateful for this group because on both sides we made plays to help us lose it and win it, but in the end the only thing that matters is the score we talked about . I’m glad we won.”
Overtime came after a wild back-and-forth fourth quarter, in which the Raiders rallied to tie the score on three separate occasions, with Carr driving Las Vegas to a 55-yard field goal in the final 37 seconds.
The Ravens had taken the lead when Jackson ran for 28 yards to help set up Justin Tucker’s 47-yard field goal.
The Raiders first found a forced fumble by Quinton Jefferson against Jackson to set up Josh Jacobs’ 15-yard TD run, which tied the score at 17. The Ravens responded when former raider Latvius Murray ran a play 8 yards after Jackson found Sammy. Watkins is mismatched for a 49-yard pass.
Carr added Henry Rugs III on a 37-yard pass, setting up a 10-yard touchdown to Darren Waller with 3:44 to play.
Jackson’s touchdown pass to Marquis Brown in the first half was a brilliant individual effort. He survived pressure from Max Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue and scrambled before finding Brown in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard score.
According to NFL NextGen data, Jackson took 7.84 seconds to throw for the fifth longest yardage on a touchdown pass in the past five seasons and 27 yards for his highest ever on a TD throw.
go for it
The Ravens went for it twice in fourth place in the first half, receiving a 35-yard TD run from Tyson Williams on one of the first. KJ Wright stuffed Murray on the second.
The Raiders were stopped in the third quarter by Jacobs on the fourth and a run at the Ravens 13.
The Raiders got off to a slow start to the offensive after most of their starters were seated in the preseason. A holding penalty and a botched snap spoiled a promising first drive that saw the Ravens reach 21 before going backward and ending in a punt.
The Raiders then punted on the next three drives, the first time in 15 years they punted on the first four drives of the season.
He found a groove late in the half with a 75-yard drive by Jacobs’ 2-yard run and then got a 34-yard field goal from Daniel Carlson to make it 14-10 at the break.
crows: Guard Tyre Phillips was taken off the field on a car late in the first half after suffering a leg injury and did not return.
Attacker: Guard Denzel Good was out in the first half with a knee injury. … Nagakoue was ruled out due to a hamstring injury in the second half. …defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was dropped on a cart with a knee injury in the fourth quarter.
The Ravens hosted Kansas City on Sunday night. Baltimore has suffered four straight losses against the Chiefs, including all three matchups between Jackson and Patrick Mahomes. … The Raiders go to Pittsburgh on Sundays.