The Raiders didn’t recognize the NFL suspending their journey. They made positive their postseason possibilities weren’t canceled as effectively.
Daniel Carlson’s 48-yard area objective as time expired despatched Las Vegas to a 16-14 win on Monday night time over the Covid-19-depleted Cleveland Browns in a sport pushed again two days by the NFL amid an uptick of virus instances throughout the league.
Down by some extent, quarterback Derek Carr patiently drove the Raiders (7-7) into Cleveland territory within the ultimate two minutes.
Then Carlson shrugged off being iced by the Browns in addition his winner, preserving Las Vegas within the playoff combine. The Raiders had been upset with the league’s resolution to delay the sport from Saturday till Monday, with proprietor Mark Davis saying the delay was a “aggressive drawback” for his his group.
That every one gave the impression to be forgotten because the Raiders danced off their sideline when Carlson’s kick went by way of on the Dawg Pound finish of FirstEnergy Stadium.
“It’s been a very long time coming to win a sport like that in the long run,” stated Raiders interim coach Wealthy Bisaccia, who has led the group by way of a turbulent season. “We perceive the scenario we’re in and what the playoff race appears like.”
The loss was devastating for the Browns (7-7), who would have vaulted into first place within the AFC North with a win. As a substitute, they fell into final place within the tightly packed division with three video games remaining.
Attributable to a virus outbreak, the Browns have been with out quarterback Baker Mayfield, coach Kevin Stefanski and several other different outstanding gamers, together with high receiver Jarvis Landry and edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney.
Cleveland third-string quarterback Nick Mullens had introduced the Browns again from a 10-0 deficit within the third quarter and given them a 14-13 lead by throwing a six-yard landing move on fourth right down to Harrison Bryant with 3:45 left.
And after Grasping Williams intercepted Carr, it appeared the Browns have been on their method to taking their roller-coaster season to new heights. However Cleveland couldn’t come up with a primary down and gave the ball again to Carr with 1:50 left.
“After that interception, I informed the fellows ‘Please, I promise we’ll win it, simply get the ball again,’” Carr stated.
He then led a 51-yard drive, finishing two lengthy passes to Zay Jones to arrange Carlson’s kick that kicked new life right into a group that has dealt with adversity and drama all season, together with the resignation of coach Jon Gruden in October.
Carr understood why his teammates have been so upset with the league’s resolution to maneuver the sport.
“I wished to play as a result of I’ve a routine,” Carr stated. “However life’s going to throw us curveballs. Whether or not I agree or don’t, it doesn’t matter.”
The Browns have been ravaged by optimistic Covid-19 instances final week. Regardless of the league suspending the sport for 2 days, an asymptomatic Mayfield was unable to provide a damaging check in time to play. Cleveland was with out a dozen regulars.
The Browns have been additionally with out Stefanski, pressured to overlook his second huge sport in lower than a 12 months after he examined optimistic.
“That locker room proper now could be hurting,” stated appearing Browns coach Mike Priefer. “That’s essentially the most I’ve seen it in that form of ache. You’re upset once you lose. Clearly you’re joyous once you win. However once you lose that kind of sport, that was robust.
“They’re fairly down proper now.”
Nick Chubb’s four-yard TD run got here shortly after the Browns received a turnover they desperately wanted. They jarred the ball unfastened from Carr, who fumbled close to midfield and appeared to injure his leg whereas being taken down by Sheldon Day and others.
Carr was checked by trainers earlier than limping to the sideline. He got here again for the Raiders’ subsequent possession and completed 25 of 38 for 236 yards and a touchdown to Bryan Edwards.
Minnesota Vikings 17-9 Chicago Bears
Kirk Cousins threw two landing passes, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the struggling and short-handed Chicago Bears 17-9 on Monday night time.
The Vikings (7-7), a part of a decent pack of groups vying for one of many NFC’s seven playoff spots, have been in line for his or her most lopsided win earlier than Justin Fields threw a landing move to Jesper Horsted on the sport’s ultimate play.
The ultimate play apart, Minnesota withstood a number of scoring threats by Chicago down the stretch coming off a decent win over Pittsburgh by which they practically blew a 29-0 lead.
Given the state of the Bears (4-10), the outcome was hardly a shock. Chicago misplaced for the eighth time in 9 video games, and with 14 gamers on the reserve/Covid-19 checklist, that appeared inevitable. Receiver Allen Robinson was on it, as was the beginning secondary.
The well being points additionally hit the teaching employees, with all three coordinators testing optimistic for the coronavirus in the course of the week. Defensive coordinator Sean Desai was cleared to return hours earlier than kickoff. The Bears had no replace on offensive coordinator Invoice Lazor and particular groups coordinator Chris Tabor.
Cousins, who struggled final week, didn’t precisely dominate on this one. He was 12 of 24 for 87 yards with an interception and received sacked 4 instances. The 2-time Professional Bowler additionally related with Justin Jefferson for a 12-yard landing within the first quarter and threw a seven-yarder to Ihmir Smith-Marsette within the third.
Dalvin Cook dinner ran for 89 yards, after going for 205 in opposition to Pittsburgh in a sooner-than-expected return from a dislocated shoulder.
DJ Wonnum had three sacks and the Vikings recovered three fumbles on the way in which to their second straight win after back-to-back losses.
Fields threw for 285 yards and ran for 35 in his second sport again after lacking two with damaged ribs. The rookie accomplished 26 of 39 passes taking part in behind a line lacking each beginning tackles, with proper sort out Larry Borom on the Covid checklist and left sort out Jason Peters out with an ankle harm.
Robert Quinn and Akiem Hicks every had two sacks. Quinn has 16 this 12 months, leaving him simply shy of Corridor of Famer Richard Dent’s franchise document of 17 and a half in 1984.
Nevertheless it was one other irritating night time for Chicago. Followers once more booed at instances and made their emotions about coach Matt Nagy identified, chanting “Hearth Nagy!”
The Vikings made it look simple in grabbing a 7-0 lead. Cousins hit Jefferson within the left nook of the tip zone for a 12-yard landing with simply over 5 minutes left within the first quarter.
Fields was then stripped by Cameron Dantzler on a keeper close to midfield. Anthony Barr recovered, resulting in a area objective for the Vikings’ Greg Joseph early within the second after some drama for the Bears. Nagy, apparently upset about an unsportsmanlike conduct name in opposition to Deon Bush, received flagged, himself, between quarters for arguing with the officers.
The Bears then had the ball on the Minnesota 10, solely to return away empty-handed when Sheldon Richardson stripped Montgomery and recovered the fumble.
Chicago’s Cairo Santos kicked a 34-yard area objective to chop it to 10-3 with 1:33 remaining within the half.
The Bears had one other alternative within the closing minute when Bush intercepted a deep move that was nowhere close to any receiver and returned it 27 yards to the Minnesota 39. Santos missed a 49-yard area objective on fourth-and-2 that gave the impression to be tipped by Dalvin Tomlinson.
Cousins made it 17-3 halfway by way of the third with a 7-yard landing move to a large open Smith-Marsette, who celebrated with a short nap in the long run zone. That drive was aided by two penalties, together with one in opposition to Teez Tabor for a low hit on a blocker as he tried to journey up Cook dinner on a third-and-18 deep in Minnesota territory.