Bengals win in Allegiant, send Raiders to third straight loss
A game with huge potential playoff implications slipped away from the Las Vegas Raiders recently sending the team to a third straight loss.
The Raiders lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 32-13, Sunday, Nov. 21 from Allegiant Stadium.
Both teams’ playoff hopes may be heading in opposite directions as the win takes Cincy to 6-4 on the year while knocking Vegas to 5-5.
Additionally, this year’s team is 4-3 against the AFC after starting the season 3-0 against said opponents.
Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia is now 2-3 since taking over for former head coach Jon Gruden.
The team will look to get off its three-game losing streak with an afternoon game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
Mistakes ruined what was a four-point deficit at halftime for Las Vegas.
The first half wasn’t mistake-free but it was enough for the home team to maneuver around.
Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was penalized for unnecessary roughness on a third and six in the first quarter.
Cincinnati would later tie the game at three on that drive.
Ngakoue was the hero earlier in the opening frame forcing a fumble on a sack setting up a 30-yard return by safety Dallin Leavitt.
In the second quarter, defensive back Brandon Facyson was flagged for the same thing, this time on a third and 11.
Bengals’ running back Joe Mixon scored the very next play to put the away team up 10-6.
While the third quarter was pretty mistake-free, quarterback Derek Carr had his fair share of trouble in the final 15 minutes.
Still with the game in striking distance, down nine, Carr was intercepted with less than five minutes remaining.
Cincinnati turned that into a quick seven points to go up 29-13.
From there, Carr helped the offense convert its first third down with less than three and a half left to play.
However, he would be sacked later in the drive, fumbling the ball away in the process.
After adding a field goal, the Bengals would eventually win the fourth quarter, 19-7.
It wasn’t all bad for Carr, going 19-for-27, passing for 215 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
He compiled three straight completions of 19 or more early in the fourth quarter on a drive that cut the deficit from 10 to three.
The first play of the drive was a 25-yard completion to tight end Darren Waller, something that he did on numerous occasions throughout the game.
In the first quarter, tied at three, Carr found Waller for another 25-yard gain on the opening play of that drive.
And again on the first play of a drive in the second quarter with the Raiders down 10-6.
Both drives would end in punts.
Waller finished with 116 yards on seven catches after being targeted eight times.