It took just north of 68 minutes of game time, but the Oakland Raiders tallied their first win of 2018, knocking off the Cleveland Browns 45-42 in an overtime thriller at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
In a game certainly not short on drama, the Silver and Black erased a two-score, second half deficit, ultimately forcing an extra frame following a successful Jordy Nelson two-point conversion.
Head Coach Jon Gruden and Co., simply had to have it Sunday afternoon, and give them credit, as they scratched and clawed for a result against a much-improved Cleveland Browns team.
Up next is a trip to Southern California for a Week 5 tilt with the Chargers, but before we look too far down the road, let's review the playtime percentages from the game with the Browns, and see what the numbers tell us.
|G Jackson||G||92 - 100%||9 - 21%|
|K Miller||T||92 - 100%||9 - 21%|
|R Hudson||C||92 - 100%|
|D Carr||QB||92 - 100%||7 - 16%|
|K Osemele||G||84 - 91%|
|J Nelson||WR||80 - 87%|
|A Cooper||WR||80 - 87%|
|J Cook||TE||76 - 83%|
|B Parker||T||57 - 62%||8 - 19%|
|M Lynch||RB||50 - 54%|
|M Bryant||WR||40 - 43%|
|D Penn||T||35 - 38%||3 - 7%|
|J Richard||RB||34 - 37%||8 - 19%|
|L Smith||TE||30 - 33%||24 - 56%|
|S Roberts||WR||30 - 33%|
|D Carrier||TE||17 - 18%||38 - 88%|
|K Smith||FB||13 - 14%||30 - 70%|
|J Feliciano||G||8 - 9%||18 - 42%|
|D Martin||RB||6 - 7%|
|D Harris||WR||4 - 4%||30 - 70%|
|T Whitehead||LB||82 - 100%||4 - 9%|
|R Melvin||CB||72 - 88%||8 - 19%|
|M Gilchrist||FS||67 - 82%||10 - 23%|
|M Lee||LB||65 - 79%||34 - 79%|
|J Hankins||DT||57 - 70%||4 - 9%|
|R Nelson||FS||55 - 67%||9 - 21%|
|G Conley||CB||55 - 67%||4 - 9%|
|F Rucker||DE||53 - 65%||6 - 14%|
|A Key||DE||50 - 61%||4 - 9%|
|M Hurst||DT||50 - 61%|
|L Hall||CB||47 - 57%|
|C McDonald||DT||43 - 52%||4 - 9%|
|B Irvin||DE||38 - 46%||4 - 9%|
|E Harris||SS||35 - 43%||34 - 79%|
|E Lamur||LB||35 - 43%||14 - 33%|
|F Brown||DE||29 - 35%||3 - 7%|
|D Rodgers-Cromartie||CB||28 - 34%||34 - 79%|
|D Johnson||LB||22 - 27%|
|P Hall||DT||19 - 23%|
|N Morrow||LB||1 - 1%||30 - 70%|
|K Wilber||LB||34 - 79%|
|M McCrane||K||17 - 40%|
|J Townsend||P||15 - 35%|
|T Sieg||LS||15 - 35%|
DC Four Hunnid – For the third time in his career, Derek Carr surpassed the 400-yard mark, throwing for 437 yards against the Browns. The Raiders starting quarterback played all 92 offensive snaps Sunday afternoon at the OACC, completing 35 of 58 his attempts, tossing four touchdowns, as well as a pair of interceptions. It might not have been Carr's most efficient day in Silver and Black, but the man was able to engineer a pair of crucial drives at the end of the game, and overtime, helping lift the Raiders to their first win of 2018.
Marshawn Lynch is a Beast – I think there's a very real argument to be made that this is the best Marshawn Lynch has looked since returning to Oakland to don the Silver and Black. During his 50 offensive snaps (54%), The Beast carried the ball 20 times, totaling 130 yards. That said, it was just the way Marshawn ran that was awe inspiring Sunday afternoon. Lynch might be 32 years old, but he doesn't look like it when the pads come on. Shout-out to The Beast.
Jared Cook feasts, again – Through four games, Cook is the Raiders leading receiver with 26 receptions for 370 yards and two touchdowns. Sunday afternoon, the versatile tight end played 76 offensive snaps (83%), finishing his day with eight catches for 110 yards and two scores. If Carr is ever in a bind, and needs to complete a pass in a big moment, Cook seems to be his guy.
Tahir Whitehead goes the distance – Let's give a little bit of love to Tahir Whitehead, as he was the only player on Paul Guenther's defense to play all 82 snaps against the Browns. The veteran linebacker was productive during his time on the field, recording a team-leading 12 tackles en route to the 45-42 win.
Gareon Conley makes reservations for six – The second-year cornerback started the party off for the Raiders defense Sunday afternoon, hauling in a pass Antonio Calloway couldn't handle, then running the interception back to the house. Conley played 55 defensive snaps (67%), finishing Week 4 with the aforementioned interception, a tackle, and one pass defensed.
Hankins is active around the football – Big Jonathan Hankins sure made his presence felt this weekend at the OACC. The athletic defensive tackle played 57 defensive snaps (70%), totaling two tackles, and two, vitally important fumble recoveries.