Maxx Crosby finally “got to the quarterback” on Sunday

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Raiders head coach Jon Gruden elected to punt on a fourth-and-eight from the Bengals 33-yard-line with two minutes to play in Sunday’s game and he told reporters after the 17-10 win that he made that choice because he believed in his defense.

It didn’t take long for the defense to pay back that trust. Maxx Crosby sacked Ryan Finley on first down and Trayvon Mullen picked off a pass on second down to seal the victory.

The sack was the fourth of the game for Crosby, who came into the game with 2.5 sacks and a handful of near misses that left Gruden feeling confident that a day like this was coming for the 2019 fourth-round pick.

“We’ve been talking a lot about the factor grade here,” Gruden said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Finally someone will count the sacks and write a nice story about him. He’s been near the quarterback. He’s been hitting the quarterback. He’s been batting balls down from the quarterback and today, he got to the quarterback. . . . He’s gotten stronger, he’s gotten better and he’s got a great future here.”

Sunday’s win was the Raiders’ third straight and it moved their record to 5-1 when playing as the home team. They’ll be on the road against the Jets next Sunday and more of the same from Crosby would help them continue their push for a playoff spot.

14 responses to “Maxx Crosby finally “got to the quarterback” on Sunday

  1. He’s been high energy since preseason. He actually has more sacks than KMack. Most sacks for a Raider through first 10 games. The 4 sacks were most for a Raider rookie ever. Now keep it going.

  2. Crosby is going to be a beast. If we can land a top-notch CB and LB in the next first round, I think we’ll be set. Go Raiders.

  3. This rookie class. Amazing. Crosby destroying olines, Renfrow catching 3rd downs, Moreau catching red zone TDs, Ingold still perfect on 3rd/4th &1, Mullen clinches the game… Jacobs you all know about. Ferrell starting to emerge.

  4. Once this dude has an offseason or two with a NFL training team working on his body, he is going to be a nightmare.

  5. montrealraider says:
    November 18, 2019 at 9:54 am
    This rookie class. Amazing. Crosby destroying olines, Renfrow catching 3rd downs, Moreau catching red zone TDs, Ingold still perfect on 3rd/4th &1, Mullen clinches the game… Jacobs you all know about. Ferrell starting to emerge.
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    Plus Jonathan Abrams is probably as good as any of them. Getting him back next season will be like having a 3rd first round pick next year.

  6. 4-1 in Oakland. Had to go to London for other home game. Still, be nice if construction was delayed in LV, playing w a great home field advantage in Oakland. Mr Davis, tear down those tarps for lady 3 games.

  7. unrelentingpursuit says:
    November 18, 2019 at 10:22 am
    “he’s got a great future here”
    Until he becomes an all-pro and his contract comes up and the Raiders trade him for draft picks.
    – – – – – – – –
    We can cross the bridge when the time comes. Unlike Mack who still had another year left on his deal, and was making plenty of coin, he wanted it early. Regardless anytime anybody offers you 2 #1’s for anything besides a great QB, you take those picks every time. So Maxx, here hoping you become an all pro, and also hoping you are not the greediest guy in the nfl.

    In the interim i am buying a #98 jersey

    Go Raiders! Beat the Refs!!

  8. Mike Mayock – GM of the year, if only for his first draft class.

    John Gruden – Coach of the year. Only because we weren’t supposed to be this good.

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