In a 30-6 victory in the Raiders vs Giants Week 9 matchup, the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Daniel Jones-less New York Giants on Sunday to reach a record of 4-5. Running back Josh Jacobs led all running backs that day with two touchdowns and 98 yards on the ground through 26 carries. Wait what’s that smell? Must be the sweet smell of victory…and locker room cigars.
A number of Silver and Back jerseys lit up the locker room post game with cigars in celebration of the team’s first victory in three weeks. Following the firing of coach Josh McDaniels, general manager Dave Ziegler, and offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi, there was surely something different about the air at Allegiant Stadium, amidst the clouds of smoke.
The win was due to a complete team effort. Three of the Raiders’ eight sacks were recorded by defensive end Maxx Crosby. The blowout 24-point differential was the Raiders’ biggest margin of victory since defeating the Denver Broncos 37-12 on November 15, 2020.
“We talked about pride and poise and getting back to being ourselves,” said interim coach Antonio Pierce. “Everything that’s going on is in front of us, not behind us. The team effort you saw today is what we displayed in practice Thursday and Friday.”
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones injured his right knee after just one play in the second quarter. His replacement Tommy DeVito threw for 175 yards and one touchdown, while running back Saquon Barkley rushed for 90 yards on 16 carries. The Giants’ defense gave up almost as many points in a single day to the Raiders as it had in their last three outings against the Silver and Black.
This week, backup QB Aidan O’Connell was given the starting nod over Jimmy Garoppolo and Brian Hoyer. Pierce stated that going forward, it would be Aidan’s job. Out of 25 throws, AOC completed 16 for 209 passing yards.
Looking forward, there’s no doubt the Raiders can spark up a win streak in the coming weeks. The team will stay at home to host Week 10’s showdown versus the New York Jets.