The Las Vegas Adventurers are at their best start since 2002. Coach Jon Gruden isn’t about to quibble over how they win. Reigning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Daniel Carlsonthe 22-yard field goal as time expired in overtime took the Raiders to a 31-28 victory over Miami dolphins to Sunday. It was the second time in the Raiders’ first three games – both at home – they overcame a two touchdown deficit to win in overtime. They also did it against Baltimore in Week 1 on a Monday night.
âI don’t apologize for winning these games no matter how we won them,â said Gruden. “When you lose 14-0 and score 25 unanswered points in the NFL against a team like this, something goes right.” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr found Bryan Edwards for 34 yards before Peyton Barber set up 27- and 8-yard runs to put Las Vegas on Miami’s 11-yard line. This ultimately established the winning score for Carlson, who missed an extra point in regulation and scored two field goals in the extra frame.
Las Vegas is the first team to open 3-0 against teams that have all won 10 or more games in the previous season. Carr, who finished 26 of 43 passes attempts to 386 yards and two touchdowns, used his talented receiving depth for the third game in a row. The eight-year veteran completed passes on nine targets, led by Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller, who each had five receptions. Renfrow also scored a touchdown.
Josh Jacobs absent
With star running back Josh Jacobs sidelined with an ankle injury, the recently signed Barber led the game on floor with 111 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. âI think he did more than just run – we went to him as the third fullbackâ¦ all missions, he ran hard,â said Gruden. âI don’t even barely know this guy. But I gave him a big hug and a play ball. “
And as the Raiders’ offense prevailed Miami 497-330, it was their special teams and defense that sparked the comeback after Miami scored the game’s first 14 points. A play after Zay Jones ran down the field on a punt to bring the ball down to the 1-yard line, cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. surprised Miami wide receiver Jaylen Waddle on a screen pass into the end zone for safety.
âThat little moment where Zay just puts the extra effort, an extra burst, to go and pin that ball, I mean it gets us two points and getting back on the road,â Carr said. “He made a huge play for us on the special teams at that point.”
Carlson started a 50 yard field goal to get the Raiders in the nine. Then, after a defensive save, Las Vegas came in for 95 yards to reduce Miami’s lead to 14-12. Full-back Alec Ingold was rewarded with calling his number after recovering Barber’s fumble at the goal line in the previous game.
The Raiders scored on their next two possessions when Carr and Renfrow connected for 12-yard strike and Barber dove over the field for a one-yard touchdown to open a 25-14 lead.
The dolphins weren’t done, however. After Miami’s Jason Sanders scored a 46-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter, Jacoby Brissett rushed on the fourth and the goal for a one-yard touchdown with: 02 left in regulation. Brissett passed to William Fuller for the 2-point conversion, forcing overtime.
The teams traded field goals in overtime ahead of the winner Carlson. The Dolphins chose to score a field goal fourth and second in the Las Vegas 32. It tied the game with 2:49 left, but Miami never got the ball back.
Brissett, playing in place of injured Tua Tagovailoa, finished 32 of 49 for 215 yards. Waddle led Miami with 12 receptions for 58 yards, while Mike Gesicki had 10 assists for a team-high 86 yards.
“There was definitely a little lull in the second and third quarters”, Miami coach Brian Flores said. âWe just couldn’t do much offensively. (Brissett) became a lot more comfortable as the game progressed, stepping up in the pocket and making some big throws in the end. But it wasn’t enough. We have to play better at all levels. “
LIKE THREATS IN FAIR
When linebacker Elandon Roberts covered 85 yards for one in six touchdowns, he extended a best 25-game streak in the NFL with a takeaway for the Dolphins.
Edwards has six catches for 101 yards in regulation this season; he has four catches for 109 yards in overtime. Edwards’ 109 yards in overtime are the most important in a season for a player since at least 1991.
Dolphins: host Indianapolis next Sunday.
Raiders: travels to Los Angeles to face the Chargers on October 4.