LAS VEGAS — Derek Carr threw a 31-yard TD move to Zay Jones after the Raiders squandered their first possession of additional time, beating the Baltimore Ravens 33-27 on Monday evening within the workforce’s first recreation with followers in Las Vegas.
Carr’s second TD move of the sport got here after Carl Nassib’s strip sack of Lamar Jackson on the Ravens 27. Nassib made large information this offseason when he grew to become the primary lively NFL participant to come back out as homosexual.
The Raiders had thrown an interception after driving to the 1 on the opening possession of additional time and made one other blunder with a delay of recreation earlier than a area purpose strive.
Coach Jon Gruden then despatched the offence again on the sector and Carr hit Jones on the subsequent play for the game-winner.
The Raiders trailed 14-0 early, ending a 98-game, regular-season successful streak for the Ravens when main by no less than 14 factors relationship to 2004.
The loss capped a tough stretch for the Ravens, who’ve had a run of accidents that sidelined prime three operating backs J.Ok. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill, in addition to cornerback Marcus Peters, for the season.
They’d gained the previous 5 openers by a margin of 177-26, however got here up quick on this nail-biter because of a robust recreation from Carr, who threw for 435 yards.
The additional time got here after a wild back-and-forth fourth quarter that featured the Raiders rallying to tie the sport on three separate events, with Carr driving Las Vegas to a tying 55-yard area purpose within the last 37 seconds.
The Ravens had taken the lead when Jackson scrambled 28 yards to assist arrange Justin Tucker’s 47-yard area purpose.
The Raiders earlier obtained a compelled fumble by Quinton Jefferson in opposition to Jackson to arrange Josh Jacobs’ 15-yard TD run, tying the sport at 17. The Ravens answered when former Raider Latavius Murray ran it in from 8 yards one play after Jackson discovered Sammy Watkins on a mismatch for a 49-yard move.
Carr then related on a 37-yard move to Henry Ruggs III that arrange a tying 10-yard TD to Darren Waller with 3:44 to play.
Jackson’s TD move to Marquise Brown within the first half was a spectacular particular person effort. He escaped strain from Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue and scrambled earlier than discovering Brown behind the tip zone for a 10-yard rating.
In response to NFL NextGen stats, Jackson took 7.84 seconds to throw for the fifth longest on a TD move prior to now 5 seasons and scrambled 27 yards for his most ever on a TD.
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The Ravens went for it twice on fourth down within the first half, getting a 35-yard TD run from Ty’Son Williams on one of many first. Murray obtained stuffed by Ok.J. Wright on the second.
The Raiders obtained stopped on a fourth-and-1 run by Jacobs on the Ravens 13 within the third quarter.
The Raiders obtained off to a sluggish begin offensively after sitting most of their starters within the preseason. A holding penalty and botched snap spoiled a promising first drive that reached the Ravens 21 earlier than going backwards and ending in a punt.
The Raiders then punted on the subsequent three drives, marking the primary time in 15 years they punted on the primary 4 drives of the season.
They discovered a groove late within the half with a 75-yard drive capped by Jacobs’ 2-yard run after which getting a 34-yard area purpose from Daniel Carlson to make it 14-10 on the break.
Ravens: G Tyre Phillips was taken off the sector on a cart late within the first half after injuring his leg and did not return.
Raiders: G Denzelle Good left within the first half with a knee damage. … Ngakoue left within the second half with a hamstring damage. … DT Gerald McCoy was taken off on a cart within the fourth quarter with a knee damage.
Ravens: Host Kansas Metropolis on Sunday evening. Baltimore has misplaced 4 straight in opposition to the Chiefs, together with all three matchups between Jackson and Patrick Mahomes.
Raiders: Go to Pittsburgh on Sunday.