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Three takeaways from Raiders win on Sunday Night Football in Miami

Oakland wins 27-24 on big night for Carr, Cook, Lynch to improve to 4-5

John Dickinson
November 06, 2017 - 5:26 am

Raiders offense kept drives moving, threw beyond sticks

The Raiders offense had struggled mightily on third down this season but that wasn’t the case in Oakland’s 27-24 win over Miami. The Raiders converted on 8-of-15 third downs for the game and stayed on the field long enough to get points on the board. Many of those conversions went for big gains on intermediate and deep throws. Derek Carr connected on passes of 35, 14, 16 and 29 yards to pickup first downs.

Marshawn Lynch can be a factor after all

Marshawn Lynch had his most impactful game as a Raider since Week 1 rushing for 57-yards on 14 carries including a 22-yard TD run to give the Raiders a 20-9 lead in the third quarter.

That was how it was supposed to look for Lynch with the Raiders more often this season. Even if he is getting stuffed early, as he was Sunday night, the threat of him breaking off a run can lead to play action and deeper throws down the field for Derek Carr and his receivers.

Then as the game goes on Lynch can be a finisher by actually breaking off a run or two against a tired defense already trailing in the game and not knowing what to expect run vs. pass.

It’s not the yardage total for Lynch that is important but the type of attempts and how they help set up the rest of the Raiders offense.

Kenyan Drake’s fumble could go down as a turning point in the Raiders season

If the Raiders go on to make a playoff run the offense will surely garner much of the credit and deservedly so, but the biggest play on the field Sunday night may very well have been Karl Joseph, Sean Smith and Bruce Irvin converging on Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake and forcing a fumble that was covered up at the bottom of the pile by TJ Carrie.

The Dolphins were leading 6-3 and moving it toward the end zone to potentially go up two scores with the Raiders offense struggling after a promising first drive stalled out for just a field goal.

The Raiders offense cashed in with a 6 play, 81-yard drive capped by a Johnny Holton 44-yard TD reception on a throw from Derek Carr. The Raiders went up 10-6 and never trailed again the rest of the night.

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