Back to .500.
Sunday afternoon, the Oakland Raiders defeated the Indianapolis Colts on the road to register their first away win of the 2019 season. It was a big boost for the Silver and Black, considering they were riding a two-game losing streak, and it gave them momentum heading into Week 5.
It’s hard to win at this level and the Raiders did it by controlling much of the clock, most notably with a nine-minute drive in the third quarter. Coach Gruden pounded the rock all afternoon and it resulted in Josh Jacobs surpassing 100 total yards for the second time this season.
Let’s recount yesterday’s action by breaking down the Snap Counts from Week 4.
|R Incognito||G||67 - 100%||5 - 17%|
|K Miller||T||67 - 100%||5 - 17%|
|R Hudson||C||67 - 100%|
|D Carr||QB||67 - 100%|
|T Williams||WR||62 - 93%||1 - 3%|
|D Waller||TE||61 - 91%||2 - 7%|
|T Brown||T||55 - 82%||4 - 13%|
|J Devey||G||52 - 78%||4 - 13%|
|T Davis||WR||37 - 55%||9 - 30%|
|J Jacobs||RB||36 - 54%|
|F Moreau||TE||31 - 46%||19 - 63%|
|H Renfrow||WR||28 - 42%||2 - 7%|
|A Ingold||FB||25 - 37%||15 - 50%|
|J Richard||RB||19 - 28%|
|D Good||G||15 - 22%||5 - 17%|
|K Doss||WR||15 - 22%||1 - 3%|
|D Washington||RB||13 - 19%||8 -27%|
|D Sharpe||T||13 - 19%||5 - 17%|
|D Carrier||TE||7 - 10%||25 - 83%|
|E Harris||SS||78 - 100%||19 - 63%|
|K Joseph||SS||78 - 100%||11 - 37%|
|D Worley||CB||78 - 100%||8 - 27%|
|G Conley||CB||78 - 100%|
|L Joyner||FS||76 - 97%|
|T Whitehead||LB||71 - 91%||5 - 17%|
|C Ferrell||DE||66 - 85%||5 - 17%|
|N Morrow||LB||62 - 79%||17 - 57%|
|M Crosby||DE||45 - 58%||14 - 47%|
|A Key||DE||42 - 54%|
|J Hankins||DT||40 - 51%||5 - 17%|
|M Hurst||DT||37 - 47%||5 - 17%|
|P Hall||DT||37 - 47%|
|J Mauro||DE||24 - 31%|
|C Liuget||DT||21 - 27%|
|V Burfict||LB||17 - 22%||1 - 3%|
|T Mullen||CB||6 - 8%||7 - 23%|
|K Wilber||LB||2 - 3%||23 - 77%|
|K Nixon||CB||23 - 77%|
|C Riley||FS||20 - 67%|
|D Leavitt||SS||15 - 50%|
|D Carlson||K||11 - 37%|
|T Sieg||LS||10 - 33%|
|A Cole||P||10 - 33%|
|J Phillips||LB||9 - 30%|
|A James||T||2 - 7%|
Josh Jacobs paces the RBs
The Raiders first-round pick has been an established feature role all season, but with two talented individuals in Jalen Richard and DeAndré Washington, Coach Gruden wants to get them in the mix as well. Jacobs led the way with 36 snaps (54%), accounting for more than half of the reps, while Richard and Washington played 19 (28%) and 13 (19%) snaps respectively. The trio racked up 114 rushing yards between them and had no problem picking up chunk gains against the Colts defense. They’ll face tough sledding in Week 5, however, against the Chicago Bears dominant defensive front.
Trevor Davis: Next Man Up
It was a little over a week-and-a-half ago that the Raiders traded for Trevor Davis. The wide receiver/return specialist out of Cal Berkeley joined the team hoping to contribute, and Sunday he got his opportunity. In the wake of J.J. Nelson being unable to play, Davis rose to the occasion by playing in 37 snaps (55%) and made possibly the biggest play of the game, running a jet sweep 60 yards to the house. Davis remains determined to show he’s more than just a speedster.
Trent Brown battles through
Coach Gruden has alluded to the fact that starting right tackle Trent Brown has been banged up the last couple of weeks, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking the field. Sunday against the Colts, the Greatest Underdog participated in 55 snaps (82%), leaving for part of the game to tend to an injury.
Erik Harris ices the win
There are few players in the league who do everything a coach could ask of his players the right way, and Erik Harris is one of them. Sunday against the Colts, Harris played every snap (78) and his veteran savvy was needed for every one of those 78 plays, especially in the 4th quarter. With the door still slightly ajar for the Colts, Jacoby Brissett was trying to move his team downfield, but failed to see Harris lurking in the middle of the field. Harris jumped the route and took the interception into the end zone for a pick-six, the first of his career.
Lamarcus Joyner gets more involved
After questions from the media last week about whether or not Joyner should be playing more, the former Los Angeles Ram silenced the critics by playing 76 snaps (97%). I don’t think you’ll find anyone who will disagree that Joyner’s impact transcends the field, and when he’s on it you can see his impact bright as day. He finished Sunday’s game with seven tackles, two tackles for loss, and one pass defensed, which should’ve been an interception.
Maxx Crosby has his best performance yet
He might not have a sack, but fourth-round pick Maxx Crosby was a man on a mission yesterday. The defensive end totaled two tackles, two passes defensed, and one quarterback hit. Those numbers might not look staggering to you, but if you watched the game you’d know that his contribution was more than what’s reflected in the stat sheet.
Check out photos from the Raiders' regular season matchup against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.