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NFL Week 4 PFF ReFocused: Oakland Raiders 31, Indianapolis Colts 24

By PFF Analysis Team
Sep 29, 2019
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Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller led the Oakland Raiders to a 31-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts on the road in Week 4.

PFF’s ReFocused series features immediate takeaways from the two analysts who graded the game live. The two offer a detailed breakdown of the game’s most notable performances before the grades and advanced stats are reviewed and finalized by Senior Analysts.

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Final Score

Oakland Raiders 31, Indianapolis Colts 24

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr spent most of the game targeting his running backs and tight ends underneath, but he made it count when he threw deep. Carr completed two excellent deep throws to the right edge of the end zone for touchdowns.

The Raiders’ offensive line wasn’t perfect in pass protection, but with Carr regularly getting the ball out quickly, they kept Carr clean for the majority of this game.

Maxx Crosby gave the Colts’ offensive line fits on multiple stunts. Other than Crosby, the Raiders had trouble getting pressure and allowed Jacoby Brissett time in the pocket on most of his throws.

Erik Harris had the biggest play of the game, intercepting Brissett late in the game coming underneath on a hook route. The secondary played really solid, consistently forcing contested catches and recording pass breakups.

Rookie takeaways

Running back Josh Jacobs was fantastic in this one. He forced multiple missed tackles and finished the game with 108 yards from 19 touches (5.7 yards per touch). Keelan Doss and Foster Moreau also turned in above average performances, combining for 44 yards and a touchdown.

Indianapolis Colts

Interior defensive lineman Denico Autry has strung a few good games together. He gave the Raiders’ offensive line problems when in run defense and also pressured Carr on multiple occasions.

Safety Clayton Geathers allowed a few catches when in coverage, but he played very well against the run and showed off his tackling ability.

Jacoby Brissett forced some ugly throws, including the game-sealing interception that was brought back for a touchdown late in the game when they were starting a drive to tie the game up. Brissett had multiple throws that were ill-advised and ultimately broken up, double covered or intercepted.

Eric Ebron and the other Colts pass-catchers didn’t help out Brissett by dropping multiple catchable passes. Parris Cambell had a solid game, moving the chains on a couple of third-down crossing routes.

Rookie Takeaways

Campbell’s drops will drive his single-game grade down significantly after reviews. And Indy’s other rookies didn’t do anything too spectacular, either.

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