Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Oakland Raiders: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The first round of NFL games were so fun, the league decided to add a second! Here, we'll be focusing on the action of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders game.
The Raiders were listed by bovada.lv as a four-point favorite just a couple days ago. As of five minutes ago, that line had crept up to six.
The fat kicker has sung!
Dennis Allen, in probably the smartest decision of his young head coaching career, didn't allow Palmer to handle the balll. He ran Janikowski out on first down and the big man connected on the 40-yard field goal.
The Raiders pulled out a grueling, mistake-laden game by a final of 26-23.
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I've been proven wrong! The Jags did me one better.
Henne hit Shorts on a crossing route. Shorts, not wanting to wait to give the ball to the Raiders, promptly fumbled.
Here comes Sea Bass.
Jacksonville will be the first team with the privilege of punting in overtime.
Oh, they're actually supposed to complete the three downs before punting? Seems like a formality but if we must.
Raiders have made enough mistakes for three games. Look to the heavens if they pull this out in OT . . .
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) October 21, 2012
This is about the only way this game could have ended.
Or not ended to be more precise.
The Raiders were content to run out the clock and head to overtime. The Jags used their timeouts to stop the clock even though they didn't have enough to keep Oakland from running out the clock.
After Oakland gained seven or eight yards on the second play, they decided to start throwing the ball. Palmer got the Raiders just over midfield and the man they call Sea Bass attempted a 64-yard field goal.
We're going to overtime.
The Jags have great field position. They will start at their own 43 with a minute to go and two timeouts. To get within Josh Scobee's range, Jacksonville will need to get to the 38 or so.
The Raiders were able to slow down the onslaught of Henne. They'll be getting the ball back with just under two minutes left and the score tied.
If I'm Allen, I'm giving the order for the no-huddle offense regardless of the circumstances. Even if the Raiders go three and out, it isn't as if Henne is going to hurt you.
I just realized that this game is in Chad Henne's hands. I might go as him for Halloween. Is there anything scarier?
Palmer just plunged in from one yard out. This game could actually be extended beyond regulation. I'm not sure anyone wants that.
I'm starting to wonder if he gets paid by the turnover. He chucked the ball way up in the air and prayed. Not sure what he was thinking and he's lucky the defensive back wasn't able to keep possession all the way to the ground.
After first sending out Janikowski for yet another field goal attempt, the Raiders called timeout and went for the first down. A pass interference call moved the ball to the one-yard line.
This is how football is played now?
My thoughts exactly.
Chad Henne's quarterbacking has somehow … regressed from his Miami days.
— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) October 21, 2012
I may have to go watch Aaron Rodgers highlights to get this taste out of my mouth.
Oakland marched methodically to the 10-yard line and then promptly went all Raiders on us. Two penalties bumped the line of scrimmage back to the 25 and Janikowski was out shortly after that for a field goal from 31 yards out.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but if Gabbert didn't get hurt, would this have been a blowout?
The Raiders are taking a shot with the Jags strategy of exploiting mistakes.
Jacksonville had forced Oakland to punt deep in its own territory, but gave the Raiders another chance with a roughing the passer penalty on third down. Palmer hooked up with Marcel Reece to move the ball over the 50 and the Raiders are currently inside the red zone.
Tigers can't change their stripes. Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining. Go ahead and insert whatever other cliche you want to use that applies.
The point is that Carson Palmer isn't a quarterback who leads teams to victories. Palmer was hit and fumbled the ball at the beginning of the fourth quarter, giving the Jags great field position on the Raiders 30-yard line.
As if not to be outdone, Henne ensured that Jacksonville took a couple steps back before allowing Josh Scobee to extend the lead with a 45-yard field goal. The Jags now lead 23-13 and are in control of this game.
At the end of the third quarter, not much has changed since the last post.
The energy that the defense displayed wasn't matched by the offense. Not sure why Allen would steer clear of the no huddle. It was the only thing that has worked all afternoon.
Don't fall asleep yet, the Raiders have finally shown some life.
Oakland switched the no-huddle and promptly marched down the field. Palmer stretched the field with a long pass that led to a pass-interfernce call and Denarius Moore handled the rest.
The Raiders defense has been playing well and Jacksonville hasn't exactly been moving the ball well on its own. In fact, the announcer just used the phrase "we'll see how Chad Henne responds."
Not good for the Jags. Plenty of time left for Oakland to mount a comeback and the defense is jumping around on the field. The energy level has increased ten fold.
Oakland needed to get something going coming out of halftime. The Raiders didn't get the memo.
After stalling deep in their own territory, the Jaguars returned a punt to approximately the Raiders 40-yard line. A few plays later, Jacksonville brought out Josh Scobee, who connected on a 40-yard field goal.
The Jaguars have continued to play conservatively and take advantage of Oakland's mistakes. The slow-and-steady approach has paid off as the Jags now lead 20-6.
It appears the Raiders might have gained a sense of urgency, they have moved to the no-huddle offense. Smart call by head coach Dennis Allen. The offense has to wake up and this just might be the shot of adrenaline the unit sorely needs.
I didn't stay in a Holiday Express last night, but this can't be good.
MJD walking to Jags sidelines on crutches and with his foot in a walking boot device.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 21, 2012
The first half was marked with mistakes by both teams, but Jacksonville has done a better job taking advantage of the miscues thus far. Mainly, the Jags have ended a couple drives in the end zone as opposed to taking another field goal.
Jacksonville has lost Maurice Jones-Drew and Blaine Gabbert, leaving Chad Henne and Rashad Jennings to handle the workload. Jennings has responded with 30 yards on 14 carries and also transported the football over the goal line. Henne hasn't been up to the task yet, having completed just one of his five passes for ten yards.
The Raiders have struggled to get much going offensively. Palmer has 109 yards on nine passes to go along with one interception. Additionally, he's only trailing leading rusher Darren McFadden by one yard. The Raiders have struggled to run the ball as evinced by their 10 carries for 21 yards.
Maybe the late field goal before halftime will give them a spark. Or maybe the Jaguars will put this game out of reach behind Henne. I doubt either premise is true and expect a tight battle in the second half.
Palmer tried his best to end another drive, but the referees overturned a fumble call as Palmer's arm was indeed moving forward.
After a middle screen and an incomplete pass to the tight end, Sebastion Janikowki trotted out and nailed a 33-yard field goal.
Jacksonville leads 17-6.
I actually had to rewind my DVR to make sure that what I saw was real. It was.
The Jags went for the first down on fourth down on the Raiders 46. They had one yard to go. Instead of handing the ball off, Mularkey had Chad Henne (CHAD HENNE!) roll out and throw the ball.
He promptly threw it away. On fourth down.
Wow. Who saw that coming?
The Jaguars followed up their field goal with a successful onside kick. Mike Mularkey is pulling out all the tricks to make up for losing his starting running back and quarterback.
Carson Palmer is now getting creative in finding ways to hurt his team. When going down for a sack, he inadvisably flipped the ball to the nearest Jaguar.
That trade looks worse all the time.
In other news, Gabbert did not come out for the Jacksonville drive as Chad Henne lined up under center. Gabbert has a shoulder injury after taking a good smack and is questionable to return.
Chad Henne now in at quarterback for the Jaguars. QB Blaine Gabbert has a shoulder injury, return is questionable.— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) October 21, 2012
Meanwhile, Henne wasn't able to move the chains so the Jags settled for a 50-yard Josh Scobee field goal.
Jacksonville wasted little time taking advantage of the Raiders blunder.
Rashad Jennings pounded his way in from five yards out and the Jags have jumped out to a 14-3 lead.
Oakland needs to respond before this game gets out of hand. When's the last time anybody said that about the Jaguars?
Oakland wasn't able to open either of Blaine Gabbert's presents as they had a chance at two interceptions, one after the receiver fell.
However, the Raiders decided to return the favor and promptly muffed the ensuing punt. Phillip Adams dropped it, the Jags jumped on it and now takeover at the Raiders 16.
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