As Antonio Brown continues to be the talk of the NFL, the Raiders let their team do the talking with a big 24-16 opening night win.
Tyrell Williams, who overnight became the team’s new WR1, adapted well to his role and caught 6 passes for 105 yards. He made some impressive catches including an incredible 24 yard snag late in the 4th quarter which set Oakland up inside the Denver 5.
QB Derek Carr completed 22 of 26 passes and threw for 259 yards and a touchdown. His completion rate said it all as Carr looked comfortable and completed some tight passes through traffic in clutch situations.
Rookie running back Josh Jacobs ran for 85 yards on 23 touches and found the end zone twice, becoming the first Raiders running back to score two touchdowns in his NFL debut.
In front of 52,359 fans, Oakland wanted to prove that they have a competitive team even without Antonio Brown, and the rowdy crowd let them know that after every big play from the Raiders. Perhaps it was the motivation they needed, as Oakland was louder than the stadium has been in years.