Raiders victory and Chiefs loss highlights weird week in AFC West
By Ellen Mathis
The Oakland Raiders took on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and finally secured their second win of the season in a 23-21 win on a last second field goal from Daniel Carlson. The Raiders were headed towards the first overall pick in the draft, but they can’t even be good at being bad. Despite the arguing and bickering that was observed on the sideline between Derek Carr and head coach Jon Gruden, the Raiders pulled it off in the end.
While Carr didn’t have a bad day, it was dumb mistakes on the Cardinals side that ultimately cost them. Two interceptions from Josh Rosen resulted in Raiders’ touchdowns and an unnecessary roughness penalty negated a 57 yard touchdown run from David Johnson.
Oakland did its best, however, to lose this game by calling two timeouts in a row in the second quarter. The Raiders then failed to convert what was turned into a 3rd and 7 and Carr and Gruden had it out on the side line. Nevertheless, the Raiders pulled it out in the end at the foot of Daniel Carlson. Good for him as he was cut by the Vikings for missing a field goal attempt.
The Raiders lost wide receiver Brandon LaFell in the second half to a torn Achilles and he is now done for the season. In addition, cornerback Leon Hall hurt his back. That injury seems to be less serious.
Next week, the Raiders travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. The Ravens have been the talk of the NFL after finally starting Lamar Jackson with Joe Flacco sidelined. Jackson is a huge run threat as demonstrated in their win over the Bengals in which Jackson carried the ball 27 times and ended with 117 rushing yards. While the Ravens have been shaky this season, the Raiders have been dreadful. I don’t see the Raiders pulling out a win in this game. Game time is 12:00 p.m.