The Raiders’ formula for success? Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs run past Broncos

LAS VEGAS — Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said the defense is “inventing new covers” against star receiver Davante Adams every week in the lab.

Who knew the answer was so simple?

Run, Derek, run.

Carr rushed for a career-high five first downs and Josh Jacobs rushed for a career-high 144 yards as the Raiders beat the Broncos 32-23 on Sunday to earn their first win of the season and their first under coach Josh McDaniels.

And it came against a very good Broncos defense that hadn’t given up a rushing touchdown all season.

“The way we’ve been played this year, sometimes when (teams) are trying to cover certain players offensively,[Carr]becomes the sixth skill player,” McDaniels said. “There’s just no one who has put a few eyeballs on him. Except for the four guys trying to hurry but we block them.”

The Raiders had lost three narrow games to open the season, and the moment of truth came on Sunday when the Broncos cut the lead to 25-23 by 7:19.

But the Raiders reacted when Carr ran for nine yards to move into third and sixth with about six minutes remaining. Rookie running back Zamir White converted another third down on that drive with a 22-yard burst before Jacobs struck from seven yards to thwart the win. It was Jacobs’ second touchdown of the day. The Raiders’ formula for success? Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs run past Broncos

John Verrall

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