Jay Cutler, Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams provided a much-needed spark for Adam Gase’s offense, but the defense is starting to crumble on every level beyond the bad secondary. That’s bad news before facing the Panthers’ now-more-run-heavy attack. Cam Newton will complete a few needed deep shots while Christian McCaffrey helps by shooting past Miami’s linebackers. Meanwhile, Cutler is bound to go back to bad Bears mode with Luke Kuechly staring him down all night.
When Elliott’s suspension for violation of the league’s domestic violence policy was first announced in August (after a protracted one-year investigation by the NFL), there was significant consternation expressed by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in light of no charges ever being filed in the courts against the running back. But as the weeks have passed and Elliott has not missed a game, that discussion has toned down.
Derek Carr threw for 300 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders, while Marshawn Lynch rushed for two scores. Jared Cook tallied 126 receiving yards in the victory. Jay Cutler passed for three touchdowns and completed his first 15 passes.
Sporting News provided live updates throughout Sunday night’s game. Here’s how the Raiders came away with the road win.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins: Thompson appeared to take the worst of a massive collision involving Kirk Cousins and two Saints defenders and remained down on the field as his right leg was attended to by Redskins medical personnel. He was helped off the field and loaded onto the cart as teammates gathered around him. An air cast was placed on his right leg, and he was declared out for the remainder of the contest.