Giants red zone defense stout in 23-16 victory over Raiders. Raiders sign Desean Jackson after win
After a tough year off the field it seems like the Raiders only sanctuary has been the football field. Sunday Raiders made countless mistakes that resulted in a 23-16 loss to the now (3-6) New York Giants. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had one of his worst career performances. Carr threw a pick six, also had three turnovers. The sloppiness didn’t end there with a missed short field goal, bad red-zone play and giving up multiple first downs on third and long.
Safety Xavier McKinney was the MVP for the Giants as he intercepted Carr twice including the pick six that Raiders never recovered from. McKinney was on the field only one day for practice this week, after a false-positive for COVID-19 and had to stay away from the team as per the protocols. Former Raiders running back Devontae Booker had 99 yards before leaving the game with a hip injury.
This was a tough loss for the Raiders they are now 3-16 coming off of bye weeks since 2003 which is the worst record in football. However, all hope is not lost for Raiders as they head into a matchup with Chiefs next week 5-3 with a new weapon in Desean Jackson. The Raiders offense on Sunday had limited contributions from their wide receivers. Jackson fills a void giving Raiders a field stretcher since releasing Henry Ruggs after his DUI arrest.
The Raiders had five receivers active on Sunday (starters Bryan Edwards and Zay Jones, slot man Hunter Renfrow, Dillon Stoner and Marcell Ateman). They had a combined eight catches for 69 yards. Raiders wide receivers had a hard time breaking separation. So the need for a new receiver was pretty clear. Jackson, a 14-season veteran, has struggled staying healthy the last few seasons. He has just 31 catches since the start of the 2019 season. He had eight catches for the Rams this season, but did average 27.6 yards per catch. So, he does offer the Raiders an element they need: a vertical speed option.
Raiders hope to have Jackson ready for a Sunday night primetime game against rivals the Chiefs