For the first time in his career, Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr was able to benefit from a strong running game. Not surprisingly, it played a big part in leading to a Raiders 24-20 win against their division rival Kansas City Chiefs. With the run game in gear, Carr looked like a more confident quarterback and it translated to his play as he helped Oakland embark on an 80-yard game winning drive.
The Raiders finally gave running back Lavatius Murray more chances in the offense and he delivered. On just four carries, Murray exploded for 112 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 90-yard score. When Murray exited with a concussion, Oakland's rush attack went dormant until late in the fourth quarter. The Raiders turned to fullback Marcel Reece on the game winning drive to provide a boost and he came through. Reece carried seven times for 34 yards on Oakland's 17 play winning drive.
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“The thing that I’ve noticed is that he’s a guy that when given the opportunity to run the football, makes yards that way, no matter when,” Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano said of Reece. “It’s not just my experience with the Jet game, but we’ve handed him the football in some other things and he’s made yards. So, that’s another way to get him the touches right now and to get him involved a little bit.”