OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Derek Carr avoided a sack, stepped up in the
pocket and found Brandon LaFell for a go-ahead 6-yard touchdown
pass late in the third quarter for the Oakland Raiders.
He then let out a scream in his most boisterous celebration of the
season, letting out the pent up frustration from one of the more
trying weeks of his career.
It proved to be short-lived relief as the Raiders collapsed again
in the fourth quarter and lost for the sixth time in seven games
this season, falling 42-28 to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Carr’s no-good, very bad week that started with a trade of his No.
1 receiver Amari Cooper, featured reports questioning his toughness
and his teammates’ belief in him as well as his long-term future
with the Raiders ended with another loss.
”I had to answer some funny questions, but you know I know that
you guys have to do your jobs,” Carr said. ”It’s nothing
personal, I know that. It was different. If I’m being honest as a
human, it was hard. A lot of the stuff that was going around, I was
like, `Man, that’s just not true and that hurts.’ Especially just
as a man, not even a football player. My goodness, enough is
enough. Just to be able to go out here and play football again.”
Carr played well, throwing three touchdown passes and running it in
for a fourth score. He completed 17 straight passes at one point
and played turnover-free for just the second time this season.
But it wasn’t enough to get the Raiders (1-6) out of their rut
thanks to an even better performance from Andrew Luck and the Colts
(3-5), who broke the game open with three touchdowns in the fourth
”I think he’s the strength of this team and I’m excited about
him,” coach Jon Gruden said.
Here are some other takeaways from the game:
MOST POINTS IN NFL HISTORY
Vinatieri set the record as the NFL’s top all-time scorer in the
first half. He kicked a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter to
tie Morten Andersen with 2,544 points and then added a 25-yarder
late in the second to set the record. Vinatieri scored three more
points, giving him 2,550 for his career.
”I never thought I’d play that long,” said the 45-year-old
Vinatieri, who is in his 23rd NFL season. ”I never thought I’d be
standing here talking to you guys about all-time records. But I
love my teammates – all of them – for the last 20-something years,
unselfishly going out there and helping me do my job. A lot of
great memories along the way. I think that’s the best part about
this day – less the record and more that we got the record in a
TIGHT END TRIO
Luck threw TD passes to tight ends Mo Alie-Cox, Eric Ebron and Jack
Doyle, making the Colts the first team since the 1970 merger to get
TD catches from three tight ends in the same game. Doyle’s
10-yarder put the Colts up for good but the most impressive was the
first, a 26-yarder with one hand by Alie-Cox.
”I don’t get too emotional on the sideline, but I got pretty
jacked up after that catch,” coach Frank Reich said. ”That was
unreal. That catch will rival anything that we’ll see. Big time.”
Colts running back Marlon Mack followed up last week’s career-best,
126-yard performance against Buffalo with an even better one. He
ran for 132 yards and two TDs. This is just the sixth time the
Colts have had a 100-yard rusher during Luck’s seven NFL seasons
and the first time since Joseph Addai did it in 2007 that a back
topped the century mark in consecutive games.
”Definitely as a running back, more carries you feel like you get
more comfortable in the game,” Mack said. ”That really, truly
helps you out. Even if you do get less, you have to make what (they
give you) work.”
The game turned in the fourth quarter when Doug Martin fumbled on
the first play from scrimmage after Luck’s TD pass to Doyle had
given the Colts the lead. That set up Mack’s second TD run and
spoiled what had been a promising day for Martin in his first start
in place of the injured Marshawn Lynch. Martin had 13 carries for
72 yards and caught two passes for 17.
”To fumble like that at the end, it sucks but a lot of guys went
out there and played their hearts out,” Martin said. ”They put it
all out there on the field.”