Recap: A blow to the head of Indianapolis’ Colts tight end Jack Doyle courtesy of Raiders’ linebacker Vontaze Burfict cost the latter the remainder of the 2019 NFL season via suspension. As far as the Raiders’ task on Sunday, Jon Gruden’s team was looking to cool off the Chicago Bears as the franchises squared off at London, England.
And Oakland got on the board first as rookie running back Josh Jacobs scored from 12 yards out. Gruden’s club would open up a 17-0 lead at intermission but by the third quarter had fallen behind by four points. In the final minutes, Derek Carr would lead a 97-yard drive, capped off by Jacobs’ second score of the day with 1:57 to play.
Next Week: Gruden’s club has some time to rest after their trip to London. The Raiders return to action in Week 7 and face the Packers at Lambeau Field. To say this infrequent series has been lopsided as of late would be a gross understatement as the silver and black has dropped seven consecutive games to Green Bay dating back to 1990.
Playoff hopes: For the first time the second half of 2017, the silver and black has strung together back-to-back wins. Now Gruden’s club gets to relax a bit before taking the field again. The Raiders pushed the Bears’ defense around and that’s an encouraging sign for a team that is one win victory from matching last year’s win total.
Recap: Promising quarterback Kyle Allen would make his third consecutive start in place of Cam Newton as the rejuvenated Panthers hosted the Jaguars for the first time since 2011. Ron Rivera’s club was looking to win its third consecutive game and got off to a strong start as running back Christian McCaffrey scored on the ground and through the air and rookie Brian Burns returned a Gardner Minshew fumble 56 yards for a score as the team opened up a 21-7 second-quarter advantage. McCaffrey finished the game 237 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns. Still, Rivera’s team struggled to put a game Jacksonville team away but did hang on for an exciting win.
Next Week: Rivera’s team makes the trip to London and will clash with the rival Buccaneers for the second time in five games as Carolina looks to avoid being swept in this divisional series for the first time since 2016. Back on a Thursday night in Week 2, the Panthers fell to their NFC South rivals courtesy of a frustrating 20-14 setback.
Playoff hopes: From 0-2 and struggling on offense with a less-than-healthy Newton to three straight wins, the Panthers have become a big-play team on both sides of the ball, although their defense still has some issues on the back end. Rivera’s team is above .500 for the first time this season and Allen has been a very pleasant surprise.
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