The Sunday morning matchup between Raiders vs Giants was a defensive game all throughout with New York Giants safety Xavier McKinney making big plays. Following the news of Henry Ruggs III earlier during the week, the 16-23 loss was a tough pill to swallow for the Silver & Black.
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was the first to light the scoreboard with a 30-yard touchdown pass to tight end Evan Engram. Jones finished the night with only 110 yards on 15 out of 20 passing attempts. He also added 17 rushing yards on 4 carries.
With Saquon Barkley out another week, backup running back Devontae Booker started and gained a total of 122 scrimmage yards. Rookie receiver Kadarius Toney had a lot of hype going into this game but only saw one lone target from his quarterback. It’s possible last week’s thumb injury might still be lingering.
On the dark side, Derek Carr finished the game with 296 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 picks. Josh Jacobs had a decent night with 76 yards but did not find the end zone. Finally healthy, tight end Darren Waller was back in the mix on Sunday and caught 7 receptions for 92 yards. Hunter Renfrow was the recipient of the Raiders’ lone touchdown during the first quarter.
Most of the game was a tale of two kickers, Raiders’ Daniel Carlson and Giants’ Graham Gano, who scored 3 field goals a piece. Xavier McKinney’s big play came during the Raiders’ first possession in the second half where Carr threw straight at him on a 3rd & 7.
Even though they just came off a bye week, let’s give the Las Vegas Raiders a little break and hope they rebound next week. The Week 10 matchup will be against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, November 14.