Don’t look now, but the Oakland Raiders are 5-4, alone in second place in the AFC West, and very much a major player in the AFC Wild Card race. And the division? We can’t rule that out just yet either.
On Thursday night, the Raiders picked off Philip Rivers twice in the early going to take an immediate 10-0 lead and then proceeded to withstand charge after charge after charge, eventually hanging on for a 26-24 win thanks to rookie running back Josh Jacobs, who granted the Raiders their two-point lead with an 18-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter, and a defense that sacked Rivers five times and intercepted him three times. Derek Carr threw for 218 yards and a touchdown and most importantly, didn’t turn the ball over in an otherwise sloppy game that included 20 penalties split between the two teams. And rookie defensive end Clelin Ferrell racked up 2.5 sacks after entering the game with only one career sack.
We’ll have takeaways from the game up shortly, so be sure to check back later.