The first Monday Night Football game of the season is in the books, and the winners of an entertaining tangle were the Las Vegas Raiders after some heroics from Derek Carr and their defense. Lamar Jackson did what he typically does for the Baltimore Ravens, combining for over 300 all-purpose yards, but his fumble in overtime proved to be costly. Prior to that, though, it was Carr that was superman-like with his performance, leading three game-tying drives in the fourth quarter.
One of those culminated in a field goal from Daniel Carlson that tied the contest at 27 apiece with two seconds left and sent it to OT. Once there the Raiders looked to have won it when they were picked off in the red zone. Carl Nassib, however, had other plans and stripped Jackson before Carr found Bryan Edwards for a 33-yard TD to finally win it 33-27 in front of their home faithful. The Raiders, who got 435 yards passing from Carr and a great showing from Darren Waller (10 catches, 105 yards, and a TD) had trailed 14-0 midway through the second quarter only to claw their way back into it. It’s their third straight season-opening victory as they seek to be a contender under head coach Jon Gruden in 2021.