Published by Staff Writers, 19th November 2018 on foxsports.com.au
What do you do when all your money is invested in two guys who don’t seem to like each other?
Well the Oakland Raiders need to figure it out. And soon.
In Monday’s (AEDT) 23-21 win over the lowly Arizona Cardinals, Jon Gruden and Derek Carr had a couple heated exchanges on the sideline, as the Raiders again spluttered on offence.
Over the first half of the season, both Carr and Gruden have skirted around questions over their relationship; claiming there were no issues. And while it was a happy ending after Carr led the Raiders up the field on a two-minute drill for the game-winning field goal, it’s clear there’s problems.
Gruden is in the first year of a 10-year, $USD100 million contract, and Carr is in the second year of a 5-year, $125 million deal.
That’s a whole lot of money. The problem is for all that money, the Raiders aren’t doing much winning — just 2-8 on the season.
“We’re both very fiery,” Carr said post-game, as he tried to explain away the sideline drama.
“A lot of people don’t see that in me … minor disagreement on something. The beautiful thing is, when we do that, it’s never like a demeaning thing or pointing the finger.
“We’re both yelling the same kind of thing, almost … it’s not the first time, I doubt it will be the last time. But everything is good, I promise.”
Gruden has seemingly been on a mission since the offseason to turn the Oakland organisation inside-out, and that began with trading away their best player Khalil Mack, instead of just paying him.
Will he do the same with Carr this offseason?
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BIG BEN GETS IT DONE
Ben Roethlisberger was terrible for most of the day against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but came up big when it mattered.
The 36-year-old quarterback, and the Steelers in general, couldn’t have started any worse.
Pittsburgh were down 9-0 at the half, and 16-0 after Leonard Fournete charged through for the Jags touchdown to start the third quarter.
But as they so often do, a stacked Steelers offence finally figured it out. Roethlisberger threw for 314 yards, two touchdowns (and three interceptions), before rushing for the game-winner with three seconds remaining to secure a 20-16 win.
Amid talks of a potential trade, Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey had a big day with two interceptions, but couldn’t keep Antonio Brown quiet for long; the league’s premier receiver totalling 117 yards and a touchdown.
Andrew Luck is now 10-0 against the Tennessee Titans as a starter.
The returning quarterback star continues to go from strength to strength in 2018; this time tearing Mike Vrabel’s Titans defence to shreds, 38-10, in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Luck threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns in a near-perfect display as the Colts improved to 5-5 on the season — level with Tennessee, and two games behind the Houston Texans.
Oh, and that’s now seven straight games with three TD passes for Luck, who joins Aaron Rodgers and Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to reach at least 160 touchdowns in their first 80 games.
THREE OF THE BEST FROM SAQUON
The New York Giants aren’t very good. But Saquon Barkley is.
The rookie running back had three touchdowns — two rushing, one receiving — on Monday in a 38-35 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Barkley had 142 yards rushing on 27 carries as Pat Shurmur’s men found some offensive rhythm for the second week running.
Odell Beckham Jr. was the standout receiver for New York; tallying 74 yards and a touchdown.
Winston went on to lead the Bucs back into the game; throwing two touchdowns, an interception (of course), and nearly 200 yards.
Who starts next week?
LAMAR GETS THE JOB DONE
In for the injured Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson got a tough win in his first career start.
The rookie quarterback had 150 yards passing, with one interception, and rushed for a team-high 117 yards on 27 carries as the Baltimore Ravens held on for a big win in the AFC North over the Cincinnati Bengals.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, no quarterback has had 25 or more rushing attempts since at least 1999. The 24-21 win means Baltimore improve to 5-5 on the season — level with Cincinnati, and behind the Steelers.