DENVER — An emotional win Sunday for the Las Vegas Raiders ended a painful week for the team.
It was also the first game Bisaccia, a longtime special teams coordinator whose career began in 1983, worked as a head coach at any level.
The offense responded to offensive coordinator Greg Olson taking over playcalling duties from Gruden as Derek Carr authored his fourth 300-plus passing yard game of the season (the only Raiders quarterback with more such games in the first six games of a season was Rich Gannon, who had five in his 2002 MVP season). Henry Ruggs III caught three passes for 97 yards — including a 48-yard touchdown — Josh Jacobs rushed for 53 yards and a TD on 16 carries and the oft-forgotten Kenyan Drake scored twice, once by air and once by ground.
Defensively, the Raiders forced four turnovers — interceptions by Brandon Facyson, Tre’von Moehrig and Johnathan Abram, and a fumble recovered by Denzel Perryman that was forced by Solomon Thomas — and Maxx Crosby had three sacks.
An emotional bump, after such a week, was expected. Unknown, though, was whether it would be positive or negative. It ended up being positive as the Raiders improved to 4-2 and ended a two-game losing streak.