Las Vegas drops out of playoff picture with loss to Atlanta
For the first time since week four, the Las Vegas Raiders have lost back-to-back games.
The Atlanta Falcons throttled the Raiders, 43-6, from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Sunday Nov. 29.
With the win, the Falcons improved to 4-2 under interim head coach Raheem Morris after starting the season 0-5.
Atlanta has now moved into third place in the NFC South.
While it was the second home win for the Falcons in five tries, it was just the second road loss for the Raiders in six attempts.
This season, Vegas went 2-2 against the NFC South.
Despite the loss, the Raiders still sit in second place of the AFC West, behind the Kansas City Chiefs.
However, the loss did knock Vegas out of the playoff picture as it currently stands.
A road matchup with the winless New York Jets is next on the schedule for the Raiders.
Atlanta was able to rack up five sacks and force five turnovers.
Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr was sacked three times and accounted for four of those five turnovers.
Three of the four turnovers were fumbles forced by sacks including two in the first half.
On the second drive of the second half, Carr committed his lone interception of the night in the form of a 67-yard touchdown return by Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones.
Carr finished the night 22-for-34, throwing for 215 yards and one interception.
It was the second time in the last three weeks that Carr went without throwing an interception after having zero such games to start the season.
In the fourth quarter, Carr was benched for backup quarterback Nathan Peterman, who went 3-for-5 for 25 yards.
Wide receiver Hunter Renfrow tallied 73 yards on seven receptions while wide receiver Henry Ruggs added 54 yards on three catches.
It was a lopsided game due to the turnovers with Atlanta gaining the edge in total yards 304-243.
In addition, the Falcons ran 14 more plays than the Raiders while winning the time of possession battle 34:57 to 25:03.
This all comes with Las Vegas having one more offensive drive than Atlanta.
Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan went 22-for-39, throwing for 185 yards with two touchdowns to just one interception.
Wide receiver Calvin Ridley had a day with six receptions resulting in 50 yards and a touchdown.
All-pro wide receiver Julio Jones did not play.
The main advantage for the Falcons came in terms of the rushing game even without former Pro-Bowl running back Todd Gurley.
Atlanta won the tilt in rushing yards by a final tally of 125-40.
Las Vegas running back Josh Jacobs had seven carries for 27 yards and a fumble.
Entering the game, Jacobs was third in the league in carries and fourth in yards.