Shorthanded Raiders roll over Eagles, 33-22

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Oct 24, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The shorthanded Raiders were missing two of their biggest offensive weapons against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. So, obviously, they scored on five straight drives in the second and third quarters on their way to a 33-22 win over Philadelphia.

Star tight end Darren Waller was inactive for the game after he was injured in practice on Friday. At halftime Sunday, leading running back, Josh Jacobs was injured and wouldn’t return.

Even without two of his favorite weapons, Derek Carr still had a big game, throwing 323 yards on 31-of-34 passing with two touchdowns. Kenyan Drake rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries and Jacobs still had 29 yards on 6 carries in the first half.

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Oct 24, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Foster Moreau (87) runs the ball against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (2) during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Foster Moreau, filling in for Waller, had 6 catches for 60 yards and a touchdown, while Hunter Renfrow added 7 catches for 58 yards. Bryan Edward caught a touchdown pass as well.

“(I found out) just a few hours before kickoff,” Moreau said. “I worked my butt off with Darren the last 48 hours. He’s our standard and a big leader on this team… He was awesome on the sideline.”

The shorthanded Raiders defense also played well, limiting the Eagles to 22 points, with 15 allowed late in the fourth quarter. Denzel Perryman had 8 tackles while Corey Littleton and Johnathan Abram each recovered fumbles.

The Raiders were up 17-7 when the Eagles tried an onside kick to start the second half, but Alec Ingold recovered at the Philadelphia 41.

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Oct 24, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake (23) runs the ball ahead of Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Eric Wilson (50) during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With a short field, the Raiders needed only six plays and 3:12 to increase the lead to 24-7. Drake rushed from four yards out for the touchdown.

The Raiders forced a three-and-out and took over at midfield after a 15-yard punt return by Renfrow.

The Raiders drove those 50 yards on seven plays and converted a fourth and goal from the 1-yard line as Carr hit Edwards on a slant for the score. Daniel Carlson missed the extra point and the score was 30-7.

The Eagles then drove to the Raiders 1 yard line but Hurts fumbled the snap and Littleton recovered to end the threat.

After a Raiders punt, the Eagles ended their scoring drought when reserve back Boston Scott scored from 1 yard out with 11:38 left in the game to make the score 30-14.

The Raiders answered with a time-consuming, eight-play drive that ended in a Carlson 40-yard field goal to increase the lead to 33-14 with 7:22 left in the game.]

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Oct 24, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) is brought down by Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) and defensive end Clelin Ferrell (99) as defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson (77) moves in during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With 3:50 left in the game, the Eagles cut the lead to 33-22 as Hurts connected with Jealon Reagor for a 17-yard touchdown. Hurts completed the two-point conversion with a pass to Dallas Goedert.

Shorthanded Raiders take 17-7 lead into halftime

The Raiders took the 14-7 lead just before the half when Jacobs bounced left and turned the corner for an 8-yard scoring run.

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Oct 24, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The drive took 10 plays and covered 96 yards and took 4:26 off the clock. It was the Raiders’ second touchdown in three possessions of the first half.

The Eagles then turned the ball over when Quinton Jefferson stripped Kenneth Gainwell and Johnathan Abram recovered at the 29-yard line.

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Oct 24, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders safety Johnathan Abram (24) celebrates the fumble recovery against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders took over with 1:34 left in the half, and six plays later, Carlson kicked a 28-yard field goal to increase the lead to 17-7.

The Raiders tied the score at 7-7 with 11:20 left in the second quarter when Carr connected with backup tight end Foster Moreau from 18 yards out.

The touchdown capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive in which Carr went 6-for-6 for 59 yards.

Shorthanded Raiders again start slow

The Eagles jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, taking the opening kickoff 67 yards on eight plays, capped by a Hurts touchdown pass to rookie Kenneth Gainwell from 13 yards out.

The Eagles never faced a third down on the drive that included four Miles Sanders runs for 34 yards.

The Raiders answered with a long drive of their own (11 plays, 67 yards), but Avonte Maddox intercepted Carr at the 5-yard line.