14-Point Swing To Close First Half Dooms Derek Carr, Raiders Against Aaron Rodgers, Packers

The Oakland Raiders traveled to Lambeau Field for Week 7 to take on the Green Bay Packers, losing 42 to 24.

The Raiders offense was clicking, but Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense was playing on another level.

As expected, the Raiders looked to Josh Jacobs early and often. After a big 42-yard run to set up a field goal, Jacobs was taken back to the locker room with a possible injury. He returned later in the quarter.

The Packers had ease getting down the field through the air, scoring on their first drive, bringing the score 7-3 in the Packers favor. After a Raiders punt, the Packers next drive was cut short thanks to a big Maxx Crosby sack.

Jacobs continued to carry the team on their next drive towards a Raiders touchdown. Young receivers Keelan Doss and Trevor Davis also made big plays to get the Raiders down the field, including a 31-yard reception by Doss to end the first quarter.

It appeared that Darren Waller scored a touchdown to start the second quarter, but that was wiped away after David Sharpe was called for his second holding penalty. Sharpe is starting this game in lieu of the injured Trent Brown. Derek Carr eventually linked up with Foster Moreau who dove in for a touchdown, bringing the score 10-7 after the extra point.

After a Raiders drive spanning over eight minutes, the Packers came back with their own eight minute scoring drive. The Raiders had a number of penalties that got the Packers into the redzone. With the Raiders having just under four minutes to operate, they turned to their deadliest weapon, Darren Waller.

Waller had yet to record a reception up to this point, but caught back to back passes combining for 64 yards, showing why he earned a three-year contract extension. Although he got the Raiders within striking range, they could not find success as Carr lost control of the ball diving for the endzone, turning it over. The Packers had one more try at it and were able to convert on a touchdown, extending their lead to 21-10 after the extra point.

The rich got richer as the third quarter began, with the Packers taking a 28-10 lead, just a few minutes in to the second half. Rodgers was firing on all cylinders, using every move in his bag, including running in the touchdown to start the third quarter.

Although the Raiders were down big, it was no fault of the offense. Carr completed 12 straight passes heading into the third quarter. The offense continued to do well between Jacobs and Carr converting in crucial moments. The Raiders 11 play, 75-yard drive was capped off by a Waller touchdown, bringing Waller to over 100 receiving yards and his first touchdown of the season.

Their lead cut to 11, the Packers took over again just over halfway through the third. The Packers offense seemed to shift to another gear in the second half, with Rodgers totaling over 350 passing yards before the quarter ended as well as converting for his 350th touchdown pass before the half ended. The Raiders headed into the fourth quarter down 35-17.

While the Raiders tried to cut into the deficit, Carr was intercepted midway in the fourth quarter as they dropped to 3-3.

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