Oak­land Raiders

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - AFC WEST - Con­tribut­ing: Lind­say H. Jones

Although Oak­land lost at home to the Los Angeles Rams 24-21 on Aug. 19, the good news was the re­turn of QB Derek Carr and RB Mar­shawn Lynch’s first runs as a Raider.

Carr, who broke his right leg in the next to last game of the 2016 reg­u­lar sea­son, com­pleted seven of nine passes for 100 yards, two touch­downs and a passer rat­ing of 113.0.

“It was so nice to be out there,” he said. “What a priv­i­lege it is to be able to walk out that ramp. Last time I was here I didn’t get to do that. I’d be ly­ing to you if I said it wasn’t emo­tional. It really was.”

Lynch car­ried twice for 10 yards. While Lynch sat for the na­tional an­them, Carr put his hand on the back of DE Khalil

Mack through­out it. “We wanted to show them that it’s OK for a white kid and a black kid who come from two dif­fer­ent neigh­bor­hoods to grow up and love one an­other and be best friends,” Carr said, ac­cord­ing to the Las Ve­gas Re­view-Jour­nal.

Rookie watch: Safety Shalom Luani (seventh round) had three tack­les in 20 snaps, while LB Ni­cholas Morrow ( un­drafted) had two tack­les plus one on spe­cial teams, a tackle for loss and a pass de­fensed. As­sis­tant head coach/de­fense John Pagano said of Luani, “You never, ever want to over-coach a guy that has great in­stincts.”

Note­wor­thy: After be­ing ar­rested two days be­fore the game and charged with felony as­sault and felony bat­tery with se­ri­ous bod­ily injury, CB Sean Smith started and played 26 snaps (36%) Satur­day. Smith, who is ac­cused of beat­ing up his sis­ter’s boyfriend, faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of seven years in prison if con­victed.


Raiders QB Derek Carr went 7-for-9 for 100 yards and two TDs against the Rams in Week 2 of the pre­sea­son. “It was so nice to be out there,” said Carr, who was in­jured late last sea­son.

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