Marshawn Lynch ejected from Chiefs vs. Raiders game

Tricia Pearson
October 23, 2017

The Raiders are now 3-4 on the season and only two games back of the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders had struggled to get the ball downfield while being held to 17 or fewer points in four straight games but Carr repeatedly beat the Chiefs with deep passes.

On a third and four, with just under three minutes left in the game, Mack ran right through Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher sending Smith retreating to Denico Autry, who met up with Mack for a drive-ending sack to set up an 11-play, 85-yard Oakland drive spanning the game's final 2:25. Marshawn Lynch carried the ball twice in the game before he exploded in the second quarter with actions that resulted in his ejection after Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters had a late hit on hit on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Long before going in the direction of the sure-handed Crabtree for the victor and the leaping 6-foot-5 tight end to set it up, Carr and offensive coordinator Todd Downing made a concerted effort to get Cooper involved early, going at the two-time Pro Bowler on Oakland's first offensive play of the game - albeit a pick up of just 12 yards.

Derek Carr looked more like himself than what we have seen the past few weeks, and Amari Cooper finally showed up in this game. Tight end Jared Cook also had over 100 yards in the game, and Michael Crabtree finished with three receptions and the most important touchdown of the game. Despite having some drops against the Chiefs, he brought in 11 passes for 210 receiving yards.

KICKING WOES: The Raiders were hurt last week when a bad snap by Jon Condo led to a missed extra point by Giorgio Tavecchio in a 17-16 loss to the Chargers. Oakland's defense stepped up, and that could be a turning point this season.

Gordon Hayward Unlikely To Return In 17-18
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Oakland had trailed by 9 at the start of the fourth.

The Raiders were one play away from being 2-5 and riding an atrocious five-game losing streak. The return team had just two chances to return anything, and those returns were negligible.

The next play, Carr threw it to Cordarrelle Patterson in the back of the end zone, and caught it out of bounds.

The Raiders entered Thursday night with a daunting task before them.

Then the Raiders won it.

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