Oakland Raiders Break Road-Game Barrier with High-Powered Offense

The Oakland Raiders didn’t display a flawless performance in their 27-20 Week 3 triumph over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, but they managed to lift a road jinx that plagued this team for nearly two years.

Oakland won its last road game against the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the 2013 season. After 11 consecutive road losses, the Raiders earned a well-deserved victory in Cleveland to start a winning streak of their own.

The Raiders’ Week 2 win triggered some smiling faces, but veterans such as wide receiver Michael Crabtree and defensive end Justin Tuck remained composed with little emotion attached to the outcome.

Sunday’s win prompted a different tone from a well-respected veteran, per CSN Bay Area reporter Fallon Smith:

Safety Charles Woodson understood what a road win meant to the entire franchise, and he forced an interception in the clutch.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr presented head coach Jack Del Rio with the game ball in a locker room full of hope that the Raiders have become road warriors instead of road kill:

The future has to unfold, but the Raiders have shown they’re ready to shed the image of a struggling team—whether on the road or on their turf—with their first set of consecutive wins since 2012.  


Commitment to Excellence

The whispers about turning the reins over to backup quarterback Matt McGloin have gone mute. Carr recorded another 300-plus passing-yard performance, and the vertical attack continues to uplift the Raiders in close games.

Oakland's second-year quarterback often staggers near the goal line, but he connected with wide receiver Andre Holmes inside the 5-yard line for his first touchdown pass of the game.

Carr also improved his decision-making in the pocket; he didn’t commit a turnover or force unnece...

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