Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is hoping that the Monday Night Football win over the Baltimore Ravens is just the start of a something great. The Raiders started their season with a 33-27 overtime win over the favored Ravens.
"I hope this is a sign of things to come for us," said Carr, who has now won a franchise-best five openers for the Raiders, including three straight. "Who cares how we do it; let's just win, right?" The Raiders fumbled the ball in overtime but the Ravens did the same after recovering it.
Carr then threw a touchdown to Zay Jones to propel the Raiders over the Ravens. "I felt like I died and woke up," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. "And died again. I was like a cat: I had multiple lives tonight.
I don't like playing like that. It was tough but, again, we did a lot of good things to win that football game tonight. "Our defense made a signature play at the end of that game, and I thought Derek Carr was awesome playing under some really tough circumstances today against a really good defense."
Carr gave credit to Raiders fans
"Las Vegas, I tip my hat; you showed up," said Carr, who said it was the loudest environment he could remember and thanked the fans for being quieter when the offense was on the field.
"It got really loud. Las Vegas did their thing, and they helped us pull out that win." Carl Nassib, the first openly-gay player in the NFL, made a game-altering strip sack on Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in overtime.
"Lot of firsts today," Nassib said. "No one blinked. It was awesome. It was a great team win, for sure." As Crosby added, "For me, the thing that stood out was so many guys making big plays ... everybody flying around."
And this from Carr: "Please, someone praise the defense." Before the start of the season, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock underlined it's time for the team to end their playoff drought. "Jon [Gruden] and I will both tell you that we feel like we need to be a playoff team this year, and I don't think there's any doubt about that," Mayock said.
"You guys are all going to put that in your headlines, and I understand it, but that's what the expectation is. We think we've done the infrastructure work necessary to put us in position, and we've got to take care of business."