The Oakland Raiders returned from their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers undefeated on the road. Now 5-0 away from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Silver and Black own a 6-2 record halfway through the 2016 season. Quarterback Derek Carr accomplished an impressive feat against the Bucs, setting a franchise record for passing yards (513) in a single-game. This Sunday the Raiders will host AFC West rival the Denver Broncos, who are tied with the Raiders for first in the division. Before the game takes place, let's take a look back at the Week That Was.
**Head Coach Jack Del Rio stopped by the Silver & Black Show to chat with Chris Townsend about the Raiders' success on the road this season.
**Offensive tackle Donald Penn appeared on the show to break down the Raiders' matchup in Week 9 with the Broncos on Sunday Night Football.
Derek Carr Sets Oakland Raiders Single Game Passing Record
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was outstanding Sunday, not only leading his team to a 30-24 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but also breaking the Raiders single-game record for most passing yards in a game with 513. The third-year quarterback fueled a majority of the team's success on offense, as he tallied 526 total yards on his own. The previous record holder was Cotton Davidson, who threw for 427 yards back on October 25, 1964.
This is the Raiders best start since the 2001 season, when quarterback Rich Gannon was under center for the Silver and Black, and now 15 years later, the team has a new quarterback at the helm, and he's putting up some serious numbers.
"It's great, I'm not going to lie to you, I was so overcome with emotion when someone told me that out there," said Carr. "That is stuff you dream of as a kid."
Oakland Raiders Power Rankings: Week 9
The Oakland Raiders sure know how to keep games interesting, and they kept true to form Sunday afternoon, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-24 Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium. The game had many twists and turns as it progressed into an overtime nail-biter, but fortunately, the Silver and Black were able to come away with a win, due to a major contribution from quarterback Derek Carr.
Derek Carr has put up numbers all season, but Sunday the third-year quarterback took his game to another level. The Raiders signal-caller threw a franchise-record 513 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. After his career day, Carr currently ranks fifth in the NFL in passing yards, and is tied for third in passing touchdowns.
The Raiders have been able to put together a 6-2 record through the first half of the season, after earning just seven wins last season. As a unit, the team is coming together at a good time. Defensive end Khalil Mack has tallied five sacks in the last five games, and the defense has continued its development. Here's a look at the Week 9 Power Rankings.
Rookie Safety Karl Joseph Talks Defensive Improvement, Goals For Rest Of The Season
It might have been pushing 90 degrees on the field at Raymond James Stadium, but with just under two minutes left in overtime, and the Raiders offense facing a critical 4th and 3, rookie safety Karl Joseph was cool and collected on the sideline as he watched Derek Carr walk towards the line of scrimmage.
"I knew we were going to get it," said Joseph postgame. "I was actually standing on the sideline, like, 'they're going to convert it.' I wasn't even nervous. I knew they were going to make a play. I knew D.C. [Carr] was going to make a play for us."
And that's exactly what Carr did, connecting with Seth Roberts on a 41-yard touchdown to give the Silver and Black the Week 8 victory, improving their record to 6-2 in the process.
The Quarter Turn: Breaking Down The Highlight Of The Second Quarter And A Player To Watch
The Oakland Raiders have crossed the halfway mark of the 2016 NFL season, and hold a record of 6-2. The team has been impressive so far, and have proved that they are capable of fighting through adversity. After the first eight games of the season, Eddie Paskal and Kyle Martin of Raiders.com break down the second quarter of the regular season.
Right Combination Play: Donald Penn Scores Against His Former Team
It took all four quarters, and nearly all of overtime, but the Oakland Raiders eventually beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-24, improving their record to 6-2, and their road record to an impressive 5-0.
Derek Carr was superb Sunday afternoon against the Bucs, completing 40 of 59 pass attempts, for a franchise record 513 yards, and four touchdowns in the Week 8 victory. However, perhaps his most unlikely score of the day came on a one-yard pass to tackle Donald Penn who had reported as an eligible receiver as the Raiders lined up at the goal line in the third quarter.
Penn's touchdown – the fourth of his career – was especially meaningful for the veteran left tackle, as Sunday's matchup at Raymond James Stadium marked the first time he was back in Tampa Bay squaring off against his former team since being released at the end of the 2013 season.
Key Matchups To Watch: Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum will be rocking Sunday night as the Oakland Raiders make their 2016 primetime debut, playing host to the Denver Broncos.
The lights always seem to shine a little brighter on Sunday Night Football, and not only will the Week 9 clash between the Raiders and Broncos serve as the marquee matchup for Sunday's slate of games, the winner will also earn the outright lead in the AFC West.
Derek Carr has been consistent all season, saying that the road to the division crown goes through Denver, and Sunday night he and the resurgent Raiders will get their first chance to see how they stack up against the reigning Super Bowl champs.
This one will be fun, so let's take a look at three matchups that will help determine the end result of the division clash.
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