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FSM Essential Recap – Raiders vs Packers – Week 5 – 2023

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The Raiders capitalized on 3 Jordan Love turnovers en route to a win over the Packers by a score of 17-13 on Monday Night Football.

The Raiders took on the Packers on Monday!

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Monday night was a matchup between two teams who don’t know what direction their season is headed in. 

The Green Bay Packers are in a state of flux after deciding that it was time to move on from Aaron Rodgers and start the Jordan Love era. The Raiders moved on from Derek Carr to Jimmy Garoppolo and have struggled at times early in the year.

Something had to give at Allegiant Stadium on Monday night for the Raiders vs Packers, and it did.

The Raiders caused three Jordan Love interceptions, two by Robert Spillane, en route to a 17–13 over Green Bay. The Raiders vs Packers was sloppy and filled with missed opportunities from both teams.

It was also Davante Adams’ first time playing against his former team. The talk all week was would Adams be shadowed by Jaire Alexander. Would the All-Pro wide receiver torch his old team, or would the Packers‘ defense step up to the challenge? Adams finished with four receptions for 45 yards.

But Adams wasn’t alone when it came to reunions.

It was also former Raiders cornerback Keisean Nixon’s return to Las Vegas after leaving as a free agent a year ago. One of the NFL’s best kick returners returned to face off against his former team in front of his family and friends.

Raiders guard Greg Van Roten also played for the Packers before coming to  Las Vegas. Raiders wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett was not only a former Packers running back, but he also coached running backs and wide receivers in Green Bay.

The Raiders improved their record to 8-6 against the Packers in the regular season and 3-3 at home against Green Bay. Their record improved to 6-16 against NFC North opponents. The Raiders also improved their record on Monday Night Football to 43-31-1 and their regular season record in primetime to 26-36.

Even though the Raiders won the game, both teams left the Death Star with more questions than answers. Can the Raiders turn their season around and use this victory as a springboard, or is it fools’ gold? Is Green Bay as inept on offense as they looked Monday night, or is it a young offense that’s going through with growing pains?

Time will tell for both, but here’s what happened in Monday Night Football Raiders vs Packers matchup. 

The Raiders vs Green Bay Packers was Monday Night Football Week 5 matchup. 

The Raiders made the most out of 3 Packers turnovers, leading them to a win.

The Raiders vs Green Bay Packers was a tough, defensive battle.

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Green Bay received the ball to start the game. Daniel Carlson‘s kick went out of the end zone, and Keisean Nixon could not return it. The Packers had an 8-play drive that only gained 28 yards, and they were forced to punt.

After getting the ball back, Jordan Love orchestrated a drive that went 60 yards on a place, but the Packers could only kick a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

On the Raiders‘ third possession, Jimmy Garoppolo led a 14-play, 57-yard drive that saw the Raiders score their first touchdown of the game when Garoppolo hit Jakobi Meyers. One play later, Robert Spillane intercepted Love, and the Raiders were right back in scoring position. 

Unfortunately for Raider Nation, the Packers’ defense held and forced the Raiders to a field goal. The Silver and Black led 10–3. Carlson had his field goal blocked with seven seconds left in the first half, but the Raiders took a halftime lead into the locker rooms.

After a mini-concert at halftime featuring DJ Quik, Too $hort, and Warren G, the Raiders were set to receive the ball. 

 

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Unfortunately for Raider Nation, Jimmy Garoppolo was intercepted by Packers safety Rudy Ford. The Packers turned that turnover into pay dirt as AJ Dillon scored from a couple of yards out to tie the game up at 10.

Spillane, once again, picked off Jordan Love after Marcus Peters stuck his hand in and tipped the ball in the air. The Raiders had a chance to take the lead late in the third quarter.

When the fourth quarter got underway, Josh Jacobs scored from a couple of yards out to give the Raiders a 17–10 lead.

The rest of the fourth quarter was a defensive battle, with Green Bay taking over after another missed field goal by Carlson with just under two minutes left in the game. As Green Bay was driving down the field, Jordan Love was once again picked off, this time by Amik Robinson in the end zone when Love was trying to hit Christian Watson. 

That helped secure the win for Las Vegas and helped them improve their record to 2–3., while the Packers fell to 2-3. 

Good to come in here after winning. It’s a good football team over there that’s well-coached, they have a lot of good players, and I really give our guys a lot of credit for hanging in there and just grinding it out. It was that kind of game the whole entire four quarters,Josh McDaniels said after the game.

Nothing was easy. And I thought that our punter punted really well tonight and changed field positions, and that kind of eventually made a difference—obviously, the three takeaways on defense. We were hoping we’d get a couple, and they come in waves, so those always make life a little easier. So, plenty to work off of, but very proud of our group and happy to be 2-3.”

After the game, Garappolo said, “I think it was a total team effort tonight, and we knew it was going to be like that. It’s one of those things we have to use this momentum now to our advantage and try and start stacking these wins. This is a big one tonight. Green Bay coming in, fans traveled well, so it was a good environment out there.

The Raiders defense recorded three interceptions in the game. It was the Raiders‘ first game with 3+ interceptions since Week 6, 2021, at the Broncos.

When asked about the final play, Packers quarterback Jordan Love said, “Yeah, that play –once I kind of stepped up in the pocket, I just kind of saw Christian [Watson], and I felt like he had the DB beat by a little bit. I thought we could make a play to go win it right there in the endzone and kind of just underthrew it, didn’t get enough on it, didn’t get it out there enough, and the DB made a good play.

It’s a great moment. It’s always great helping the team win. You make a couple of plays, and everybody loves you. The moment you mess up, they all hate you,Amik Robertson said after the game. “So, I just had that mindset of coming to work each and every week and celebrating the wins and losses. You got the 24-hour rule to celebrate the wins and forget about the losses, but we got 24 hours to get over it and focus on the next game.

The final score was 17-13, the Raiders over the Packers.

The Raiders will now take on the New England Patriots on Sunday, October 15th at Allegiant Stadium. The kickoff is scheduled for 1:05, and the game can be seen on CBS.

 

– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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