By: Malaika Bobino
Oakland, CA – Cecil Short III fumbled on the opening possession in overtime. It was only fitting the Oakland Raiders took advantage of that opportunity for their second win of the season. After rallying back from being down fourteen points, they found a way to get it done.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 40-yard field goal for the win and the Raiders defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-23. Unlike last weekend when they lost 23-20 in the final seconds against the Atlanta Falcons. Oakland got contributions from both the defense and offense.
“Am I pleased with the way we played, especially in the first half? Absolutely not,” coach Dennis Allen said. “But any time you get an opportunity to win in the NFL, you can’t ever take that for granted.”
The Jaguars completely dominated the first half with two touchdowns and one field goal. Blaine Gabbert found Short III in the end zone for a 42-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Phillip Adams fumbled a 50-yard punt return and Rashad Jennings recovered.
Jacksonville scored their second touchdown in the second quarter when Jennings rushed for 5-yards. It was mistake after mistake for the Raiders. Carson Palmer’s shovel pass intended for Denarius Moore was intercepted by Derek Cox. Josh Scobee kicked a 50-yard field goal to give the Jaguars a 17-3 lead.
But despite the number of turnovers by Oakland they stayed in the game. Janikowski kicked two field goals, one in the first quarter for 21-yards and a 33-yard FG in the second quarter with 0.34 seconds remaining in the half. After halftime is when they turned things around.
“An ugly win is better than a pretty loss,” said Palmer. “But we hung in there and defense played great giving us the ball back. It’s just good to get out of here with a win.”
Carson’s no huddle offense led to an 8-yard touchdown to Moore. That was the spark the offense needed, the Raiders next two scoring drives were assisted with penalties by Jacksonville and that also helped.
After the Oakland used their final timeout, Aaron Ross was called for interference when Palmer threw deep in the end zone to Darrius Heyward-Bey. That put the Raiders in position for Carson’s 1-yard touchdown and tied the game 23-23.
“In my book, there’s no such thing as a ugly win,” Richard Seymour said.
Oakland’s defense did something they weren’t able to do last week. They not only prevented the Jaguars from scoring but forced a turnover to give them the ball back. After Sebastian missed a 64-yard field goal the game went into overtime.
Jacksonville opened up with the ball on their on 19 with running back Rashad getting crushed on the first play by Roland McClain. Quarterback Chad Henne threw a short pass Cecil for 8 yards but got stripped by Lamar Houston and cornerback Joselio Hanson recovered on the Jaguars 21 yard line.
Palmer knelt on the ball at the 22 to set up Janikowski’s field goal for the win. Although, it was a tough start for the offense in the beginning going 69 yards on 26 carries. Carson completed 26 of 46 passes for 298 yards.
Star running back Maurice Jones-Drew got injured on the first drive with a left foot injury was a tough loss. Then quarterback Gabbert left the game in the second quarter with an injured left shoulder. Jacksonville only managed two first downs behind Henne in the second half.
“We’re finding ways to not win these games instead of finding ways to win,” said coach Mike Mularkey. “At some point it’s got to turn, and the only people that can make that happen, starting with me, is in that room. At some point, you have to draw the line and go, ‘enough is enough.’ When we get to that point, you’ll see different outcomes, but we’re not there obviously.”