Raiders hold off Panthers rally, win 34-30

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New Panthers coach Matt Rhule has experience in the Big 12, which is going to come in handy. If his team’s going to win games this year, they’re going to have to be shootouts.

The Raiders took an easier-than-it-looked 34-30 win over the Panthers, who are going to struggle to stop people all season.

Josh Jacobs ran for 93 yards and three touchdowns, as the Raiders held the Panthers at bay despite a fourth-quarter rally.

Derek Carr was 22-of-30 for 239 yards and a touchdown, playing an efficient if not spectacular game.

The biggest questions for the Raiders will be about injuries, as right tackle Trent Brown left with a calf injury early and didn’t return, and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski left with a pectoral injury and didn’t return. Then backup right tackle Sam Young left with a groin injury, leaving them thin up front.

The Panthers’ defense was young and new to begin with, and cornerback Donte Jackson left with an early injury and didn’t return. That stretched thin a secondary that wasn’t great to begin with.

Teddy Bridgewater moved them efficiently at times, Christian McCaffrey had 134 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns (but didn’t get the ball on a late fourth-and-1 attempt which failed), and the Panthers showed they should be able to score points this year.

Stopping the other guys will remain the bigger issue.

15 responses to “Raiders hold off Panthers rally, win 34-30

  1. You can see there’s a little bit of awkwardness without a preseason. I think things will work out and look smoother and more efficient and precise as time goes on. Way to be for the defense to come up big on 4th and short when they had to. The future is very bright for the Raiders. They should have a good season and potentially make the playoffs as a wild-card if they can avoid the injury bug.

  2. Maybe Trent Brown is just TOO big?? He seems to be a magnet for lower leg ailments. What a shame because he’s an absolute earth-mover when healthy! 🙁

  3. Kolton Miller and Richie Incognito completely dominated the left side of the line of scrimmage. Miller looks bigger and stronger, and he’s healthy. It’s his 3rd year and he looks like an all pro. Looked like Art Shell.

  4. The wire or rope was on the field on the punt with 9:15 to go in the third quarter. Trenton Cannon ran out of bounds during the return and was flagged on the play. He must have snagged something on the sideline. You can see it wrapped around him when he made the tackle. A bunch of players were trying to get it off of them after the play.

  5. Carr carried the team to the playoffs prior to breaking his leg, then fracturing his back the following season. He’s back close to being as healthy as he was back then, and playing like a playoff caliber QB. Problem is the D this year….they will need some luck making the playoffs due to lack of D….DC is spot on though.

  6. We let that game be closer than it needed to be, but I’m glad we got the win. We need our rookie receivers to step up.

  7. Efficient game from O, just (barely) enough from D. Going forward, Carr will have to both develop more confidence in WRs & throw downfield. Too many check-downs but it’s the 1st game w/out a preseason so very understandable. Front 7 on D had too many arm-tackle attempts & too many holes for an elite RB; have to improve.

  8. on carr, “efficient if not spectacular game.”

    must be soo hard for florio to actually give a direct compliment instead of something wishy washy like what was written in this article..

    just say it. It was a winning performance that yielded a 107 passer rating!
    efficient… ? really? is that the best you can do.

    just more shade, and backhanded ness.. it never stops.

    i’m sure when the superbowl trophy is in vegas it will be about the opponent not playing well…

    #carrquietsthecritics

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