Raiders Stumble in Cincy

Nicholas Cothrel

The Raiders came into Cincinnati looking to build off of the success they had over the Pittsburg Steelers. Last week the Raiders offense was humming and they looked to keep the ball rolling.

The Raiders faced off against Bengals quarterback Jeff Driskel, who is taking the snaps under center in place of the injured, Andy Dalton. Driskel didn’t light up the stat sheet by any means, but he did earn his first victory in the NFL. Driskel lead the Bengals to a new record of 6-8. Driskel went 14/33, 130 yards and one passing touchdown to Tyler Boyd. Boyd hauled in four catches for 38 yards before injuring his knee and leaving the game in the second quarter.

The Bengals win today, put their five game losing streak to rest. Cincinnati is still at the bottom of the AFC North but isn’t out of the playoff race yet, but could use a lot of help to wiggle their way into the wildcard spot.

Carr finished the game 21/38, 263 yards and one touchdown. Carr also went another game without throwing an interception, which sets the Raiders franchise record with 278 consecutive passing attempts without getting picked off.

Carr received a lot of criticism of his playing ability early in the season for throwing interceptions, taking sacks and killing plays by throwing balls away. Since then, Carr has quieted those haters by elevating his game and being one of the most efficient quarterbacks. Carr has a 68 percent completion percentage and has only thrown eight interceptions.

The Raiders offensive line was missing some key pieces, due to injury. Gabe Jackson and Kelechi Osemele both were inactive for todays game, so Chaz Green and Denzelle Good got the start at the two guard positions.

Lets not forget, both offensive tackles for the Raiders are rookies as well. Kolton Miller (first round pick) and Brandon Parker (third round pick) have been battling the edges to keep Carr protected in the pocket.

Raiders tight end Lee Smith caught his third touchdown of the season, in his third consecutive game. Smith, respectively being known as a blocking tight end is finding ways to get open in the end zone and Carr is building trust with his veteran tight end.

Bengals running back Joe Mixon shredded the Raiders defense totaling 129 rushing yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns. Mixon has now gone 100 yards in back-to-back games and is currently on pace for his first 1,000 yard rushing season.

Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard was around the ball all day on defense. Hubbard came through the offensive line totaling two sacks, one tackle for a loss and one forced fumble.

Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins was a force, bringing Carr down three times and stopping the ball carrier for a loss four times.

The Raiders offensive line collectively allowed five sacks. Carr has now been sacked a career-high 47 times.

The Raiders are currently slated as the number two pick for the 2019 NFL Draft, only trailing the Arizona Cardinals for the number one pick.

The Raiders remaining games on the schedule contain the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs.

(Photo: Oakland Raiders/ Tony Gonzales)

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