Raiders Comeback To Beat Titans 24-21; Derek Carr Drives Team 90 Yards For Go Ahead Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Oakland Raiders found a way to pull out a win on a wet, rainy day.  Derek Carr threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 1:21 left.  The Raiders stopped a three-game skid by edging the Tennessee Titans 24-21 Sunday.

The Raiders (5-6) had a 17-6 lead in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter with just minutes remaining they found themselves behind 17-21.

Offensive Coordinator/Play Caller Bill Musgrave went ultra conservative after the 17-6 lead.  Almost every Raiders offensive series started with two runs on first and second down followed by a desperate 3rd down pass. Most passes were at or behind the line of scrimmage.  Bubble screens were used in back to back drives.  The team went 3-and-out multiple times during that stretch. The play calling was confusing seeing that the Raiders only had a 3-point lead for most of the second half. The young cast on offense struggled to get in any rhythm until Musgrave finally took the reigns off Carr on their final offensive drive with a 4-point deficit.   To add to the offense stalling out, Derek Carr fumbled the ball on a Center exchange with back up Tony Bergstrom. The Titans took advantage of the short field and scored the go ahead touchdown with 4:13 remaining.

“I’m really proud of the way they guys stayed in it,” Oakland coach Jack Del Rio said. “It was tough. There was a reason to be discouraged. You’re in control of the game, you fumble it and all of a sudden they go down and get a score. And it’s `Oh my gosh, what are we going to do?’ Well, we’re going to go down there and find a way to get it in there and get a score.”

The Titans (2-9) lost for the ninth time in 10 games after rallying to take a 21-17 lead. They thought they had a game-saving play when safety Michael Griffin broke up a pass in the end zone on fourth down.

But officials flagged B.W. Webb for holding on the other side of the field.

Del Rio said rookie Amari Cooper was held. Webb tried to find the official, saying later he never held the receiver. Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said he had no idea where the flag came from and did not agree with the penalty.

“The one call is the call, it changes the game, changes the outcome of the game,” Mularkey said. “It’s frustrating, very frustrating.”

Carr said he started yelling instantly about the flag. Two plays later, Carr hit Roberts for the winning touchdown. He finished with 330 yards and three TDs in his sixth 300-yard passing game this season.

“We get another chance, and we go win it,” Carr said. “Finally, we won today and it just feels good.”

Nate Allen ended the Titans’ last chance by intercepting rookie Marcus Mariota with 43 seconds left. Mariota took the blame for not looking elsewhere.

“I’ll find ways to get better and help our team win some games,” he said.

Roberts finished with six catches for 113 yards and two TDs, and Cooper had seven receptions for 115 yards. Khalil Mack had two sacks for the Raiders, who outgained Tennessee 407-249 and held the ball for nearly 35 minutes.

The Titans now have lost 11 straight on their home field and are tied for the third-worst home skid. Mariota threw for 218 yards and three TDs, but he was intercepted twice, with the last one coming with no receiver in the area.

Oakland’s mistakes helped Tennessee turn a game where the Raiders had been cruising into a frantic finish.

The Raiders were flagged 11 times for 94 yards, with two of those penalties keeping Tennessee TD drives alive, and Carr himself set up the Titans’ go-ahead TD by fumbling a snap. Defensive end DaQuan Jones fell on the ball for the Titans, and Mariota threw a 1-yard TD pass to Jalston Fowler to make it 21-17 with 4:41 left.

Carr briefly left after taking a shot from Jones on the opening series of the game. But the second-year quarterback returned in time to throw for 187 yards and a touchdown by halftime and Oakland led 10-6 at the break.

Game notes
Carr joined Rich Gannon (10 in 2002) and Carson Palmer (six in 2012) as the only Raiders quarterbacks with six or more 300-yard passing games in a season. … Denico Autry blocked Ryan Succop’s first extra-point try for the first miss by the Titans since 2006 and the first missed extra point in Succop’s career. The Titans kicker had been perfect on his first 205 attempts, including all 18 this season. … Crabtree now has a TD catch in five of his past six games. … Oakland is 4-0 when being flagged for 10 or more penalties.

San Francisco 49ers Place QB Colin Kaepernick On Injured Reserve; Promote QB Dylan Thompson To Active Roster

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The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have placed QB Colin Kaepernick on the Injured Reserve List, and promoted QB Dylan Thompson to the active roster from the team’s practice squad.

Thompson (6-3, 218) originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of the University of South Carolina on May 5, 2015. He was released by the team on September 5, and then signed to the team’s practice squad the following day.

A 24-year-old native of Boiling Springs, SC, Thompson set the South Carolina Gamecock record and led the SEC with 3,564 passing yards last season.

Thompson will wear number 13.

Kaepernick (6-4, 230) appeared in nine games (eight starts) this season and threw for 1,615 yards and six touchdowns while adding 45 rushes for 256 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

Press Release Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign DE Shelby Harris To Active Roster

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed DE Shelby Harris to the active roster from the practice squad, the club announced Thursday.

Harris was originally drafted by the Raiders in the seventh round (235th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. This season, he has been active for one game (Oct. 25 vs. San Diego) for Oakland, where he recorded four tackles (two solo). He spent most of the 2014 season on the team’s practice squad. For his career, the 6-foot-2, 290-pounder has played appeared in two games for the Raiders.

The Milwaukee, Wis., native played in 33 games at Illinois State over three years, posting 173 tackles, 14 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed.

Additionally, the Raiders have signed WR Jeremy Ross to the practice squad. Ross has played in 39 career games for the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens. He has totaled 39 receptions for 469 yards and two touchdowns, 54 kickoff returns for 1,389 yards and one touchdown and 63 punt returns for 759 yards and one touchdown.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Statements On Suspension Of Aldon Smith

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NFL Statement

Aldon Smith of the Oakland Raiders has been notified that he is now suspended without pay for a minimum of one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Under the terms of the policy, Smith will be eligible to apply for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before the one-year anniversary of the suspension.

[Note: The NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse is posted on nflcommunications.com. After logging in, click on “About NFL” from the homepage and then “NFL Policies.”]

Raiders Statement

Aldon has been a positive addition to the Raiders. He remains prominently in our long term plans and we will continue to support this member of our family as he gets the help that he needs.

Aldon Smith Statement

First, I want to thank the Raiders, my teammates, the fans, our coaches and our owner for supporting me throughout all of this.

I am taking this time to work on myself and become the man I need to be, my team and organization needs me to be, and I know I can be.

I had lost my love for the game and it led me to some poor choices, but I am thankful to the Raider organization for believing in me this season and will continue to better myself and grow from my experiences. I look forward to rejoining the team next year.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento Kings Demarcus Cousins Named Western Conference Player Of The Week

SACRAMENTO, CA —- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week after leading the Kings to a 3-1 record, averaging 32.5 points (.456 FG%, .474 3PT%, .765 FT%) , 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks in 36.3 minutes per game.

Cousins recorded double-doubles in three of the last four games including two of which were 30-point, 10-roubound efforts. He has recorded 30 or more points in the each of the last three games, all Kings wins.

Cousins scored a season-high 40 points in a 111-109 win vs. Brooklyn on 11/13. In the third quarter, Cousins scored 19 straight points for the Kings, the most consecutive points scored in the last 10 seasons by a Kings player.

Currently this season, he is averaging a team-high 28.0 points (.443 FG%, .448 3PT%, .756 FT%), team-high 11.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, team-high 1.3 blocks and 31.9 minutes per game while starting all seven games that he has played in.

This is the third time in his career Cousins has been named Western Conference Player of the Week. The two previous times were Jan. 13, 2014 and Nov. 24, 2014.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Kings Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign TE Gabe Holmes To Active Roster

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed TE Gabe Holmes to the active roster, the club announced Friday.

Holmes returns to the active roster for his second stint this season, having spent the majority of his rookie campaign on the team’s practice squad. He was inactive in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals before being waived (Sept. 15) and signed to the practice squad (Sept. 17).

The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May 2015. He played in 49 games at Purdue, totaling 65 catches for 685 yards and six touchdowns.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

San Jose SaberCats to Postpone Open Tryout

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Due to unforeseen maintenance issues, the San Jose SaberCats will postpone the Open Tryout on Saturday, November 14th. A reschedule date has yet to be determined.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused to any of our registered or potential attendees.

We will be refunding everyone who has already registered and will not process any more applications.

For questions please call 408-564-0984.

Press Release Courtesy of the San Jose SaberCats Media Relations

Raiders Fall 35-38 In Pittsburgh; Antonio Brown Breaks Franchise Record

PITTSBURGH, PA.- The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Oakland Raiders 38-35 on an 18-yard field goal with :02 left in the game. The old school rivalry didn’t disappoint. With over 1,000 yards of total offense combined it was a high flying score fest with defenses getting burned nearly every tick of the clock. The Steelers physical defense caused five forced fumbles three were recovered by Pittsburgh. Despite four turnovers the Raiders had it’s opportunities to win the game thanks to Derek Carr and a recently potent Oakland Offense.

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QB Derek Carr

Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr  threw for 301 yards on 24-of-44 passing (54.5 percent) with four touchdowns and one interception, giving him a passer rating of 96.9.

Carr is the second Raider with four 300-yard games through the team’s first eight contests (Rich Gannon in 2002).

Carr now has 19 touchdown passes on the season, the most by a Raider through eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Carr has thrown 11 touchdowns of 20-or-more yards.

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Carr is the third Raider with four touchdown passes in back-to-back games and the first since the 1970 merger (Cotton Davidson in 1964 and Tom Flores in 1963).

Carr entered Week 9 leading the NFL in first-half touchdown passes and tossed two more today to improve his season total to 13 with only one interception (13.0 TD-INT ratio).

Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was having a big day as well throwing to what appeared to be Superman without the cape. Big Ben was 24-of-44 passing for 334 yards and two touchdowns before being knocked out of the game with a foot injury.

Antonio Brown

Wide receiver Antonio Brown had a franchise day he had 17 receptions for 284 yards.  He also added 22yards on the ground.

Running back DeAngelo Williams ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers rolled up 597 yards of total offense.

Cooper and Crabtree Over 45 Receptions, Four Touchdowns

Wide Receivers  Amari Cooper (45) and Michael Crabtree (47) are the first pair of Raiders to be on pace for 90 receptions each through eight games since Charlie Garner and Jerry Rice in 2002.The pair has also combined for nine receiving touchdowns this season, four by Cooper and five by Crabtree.

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WR Michael Crabtree

Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree hauled in seven passes for 108 yards (15.4 avg.) and two touchdowns for his 11th career 100-yard game and third of the season.

He has 100-yard games in back-to-back outings within a regular season for the first time in his career.

Crabtree hauled in two touchdowns in a game for the fifth time in his career and the first time since 2012. He now has five touchdowns on the season and 31 career scores.Crabtree has caught a touchdown pass in three straight games for the second time in his career (2012).

Amari Cooper

Wide Receiver Amari Cooper finished the day with seven receptions for 88 yards (12.6 avg.) and one touchdown.

Cooper set the franchise record for receptions by a rookie, passing Zach Miler (45 in 2007). With his sixth reception, he passed Tim Brown (43 in 1988) for the most by a rookie wide receiver in team history.

Cooper hauled in his fourth receiving touchdown of the season on a 15-yard pass from Carr.

Latavius Murray

Running Back Latavius Murray averaged 5.65 yards per carry on 17 attempts for 96 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter. Murray’s first carry of the game went for 44 yards, his sixth rush of 20-plus yards this season.

Seth Roberts

Wide Receiver Seth Roberts had three crucial catches in the game, totaling 73 yards (24.3 avg.) with a 36-yard long.

All three of Roberts’ catches were for at least 18 yards, and he had a 19-yarder and a 26-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

Jamize Olawale

Fullback Jamize Olawale recorded a career-long 19-yard run for his first career rushing touchdown, bringing the Raiders back within seven points in the fourth quarter.

Clive Walford

Tight End Clive Walford caught his second career touchdown on a 1-yard reception from Carr in the third quarter, tying the game at 21-21. Walford is the 10th tight end in team history to catch at least two touchdowns as a rookie.

David Amerson

Cornerback David Amerson intercepted his first pass as a Raider in the third quarter, giving him three career interceptions. He finished with eight solo tackles, three passes defensed and the one interception with one return yard.
Aldon Smith

Linebacker Aldon Smith got to Ben Roethlisberger on a third-and-10 in the fourth quarter for the team’s first sack of the game, giving him 2.5 sacks this season and 46.5 sacks in his caree