The Las Vegas Raiders kept their playoff hopes alive with the 16-14 victory in the Raiders vs Browns game on Monday afternoon as it shed some light on the Silver & Black. We literally have praised Daniel Carlson all season long and he has been money game after game. Carlson’s game winning 48-yard field goal sealed the deal in a pandemic postponed week in the NFL.
A win is a win, but it doesn’t go without saying the Cleveland Browns were depleted this week without starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, coach Kevin Stefanski, receiver Jarvis Landry, edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, and a number of other players. Browns’ third string QB Nick Mullens had the start and threw for 147 yards with his lone touchdown coming toward the end of the fourth quarter on a 4th & 5 to tight end Harrison Bryant.
Nick Chubb, the lead running back for the Cleveland Browns, finished with 91 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders ground game wasn’t too strong in this week’s outing but some Josh Jacobs put up 52 yard on 15 carries while Peyton Barber ran for 34 yards on 5 carries. Both Derek Carr, who threw for 236 yards and a touchdown with 1 pick, and Marcus Mariota had some ground play. Even safety Dallin Leavitt had a rush.
Raiders’ receiver Hunter Renfrow wasn’t able to extend his 100-yard streak and only caught receptions for 32 yards. Carr’s touchdown went to Bryan Edwards early in the game on a 5-yarder at the end of the first quarter. Enough with the stats, let’s talk about the game winning drive.
Down 13-14, it looked like all hope was lost when Carr threw a pick on a pass intended for Zay Jones with three minutes left in the game. Thank goodness the Raiders defense clutched up and brought another offensive possession back. This time around, Carr connected with Jones to bring in special teams at the 30-yard line. On a 48-yard field goal straight down the middle, Daniel Carlsonowski won the game. Game, blouses.
With the Kansas City Chiefs most likely taking the division, the Raiders are sitting third in the AFC West under the San Diego Chargers but above the Denver Broncos who they will face off against next Sunday, December 26. Even though it may look like it was all over last week, there’s still playoff potential as the Silver & Black are currently in 10th place in the AFC Wild Card race. Fingers crossed.