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Quick Snap: Raiders Hold On For Big Win Over New York Giants

And just like that, the Raiders are back atop the AFC West; well, tied for first anyway.

Following the Kansas City Chiefs loss to the New York Jets, combined with the Silver and Black's 24-17 win over the New York Giants, Head Coach Jack Del Rio's squad is now tied with the Los Angeles Chargers for first place in the division.

The final quarter of the season just got very, very interesting, so with the Raiders now back at .500, here are four, quick takeaways from the Week 13 win.

1. The Beast ate early and often

It took just three plays against the Giants defense for Marshawn Lynch to make his presence felt.

Facing a 3rd and 1, Derek Carr lined up under center, handed the ball off to Lynch, and then watched No. 24 rumble into the end zone for the Raiders first score of the afternoon.

"Beast Mode" was barely touched on the 51-yard run, so give props to the Raiders offensive line, particularly Kelechi Osemele who helped spring Lynch free.

The first quarter touchdown was the fourth in as many games for the former California Golden Bear, and by game's end Lynch had eclipsed the century mark for the first time as a Raider.

2. The defense started hot yet again

The Raiders defense has looked rejuvenated the past two weeks with Assistant Head Coach – Defense John Pagano at the helm.

After delivering arguably their best defensive effort of the season last week against the Denver Broncos, the group followed it up with another strong outing Sunday afternoon against Geno Smith and the Giants.

Aside from one drive in the first half that resulted in an Orleans Darkwa touchdown, Pagano's group was stout in the first half, allowing just seven points to the Giants, ensuring that the Silver and Black headed into the locker room with the lead.

With 30 minutes in the books, the Raiders had allowed just 100 total yards to the G-Men, and that pattern didn't deviate in the second half either.

Without two of its top playmakers, the Silver and Black's offense had to scratch and claw for everything Sunday afternoon, but the defense made sure they had time to work out the kinks.

3. Khalil Mack was active

So often we hear that Khalil Mack's impact on the football game can't be measured by just looking at the stat sheet, and that was certainly the case Sunday afternoon against the Giants.

Mack was a fixture in the backfield for most of the day, and he made sure to make life incredibly difficult for Geno Smith for the duration of the Week 13 clash.

Even on the plays where he didn't bring down Smith, he made sure to make his presence felt, both in the backfield as well as against the run.

And in the biggest moments, Mack stepped up.

After the Giants set up shop inside the Raiders 10-yard line following a botched punt attempt, Mack made sure that New York would not take the lead, sacking Smith, literally ripping the football out of No. 3's hands.

Mack is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and Sunday afternoon he showed why.

4. The Giants didn't roll over

Give the Giants some credit; entering Sunday's matchup with the Raiders, they were seven games under .500 and very easily could have rolled over after falling behind early.

Combined with a surprise at starting quarterback, and no shortage of rumors surrounding their future, one could understand if Ben McAdoo's team came into Sunday a little unfocused, but, alas it was quite the opposite.

While the Raiders eventually came away with a W, the Giants made life difficult for the Raiders the entire way.

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