DeSean Jackson helps Derek Carr get his mojo back as the Raiders shock the Cowboys – The Athletic

ARLINGTON, Texas — Just like kids all over the country Thursday, Derek Carr, DeSean Jackson and the Raiders threw the football around a little bit. Granted, this ballyard had a 200-foot wide TV screen hanging overhead and 93,000 fans circled around watching and yelling …

But still, it’s a football game and it’s fun. The Raiders had lost three games in a row and were 5-5 and Carr hadn’t been letting it rip like he had earlier in the season.

That changed Thursday afternoon.

On the Raiders’ third play of the game, Carr threw a 56-yard touchdown to Jackson to rip the top off of the Cowboys’ defense the rest of the day. Jackson, in his third game with the Raiders, had five huge plays and Carr passed for 373 yards in the 36-33 overtime win.

The Raiders are 6-0 when Carr throws for over 300 yards. And Thursday, he did it without tight end Darren Waller as his No. 1 target injured his back and then left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury.

Didn’t matter.

“One thing I’ve tried to do this year, especially when 11 was here, I was going to be so aggressive,” Carr said. “It leads sometimes to not completing as many balls on a percentage chart, but to me, (Jon) Gruden used to tell me, don’t ever take your arm out of a game. So when we call these things, let’s rip ’em.

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