On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers were able to emerge victorious on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Oakland against the Raiders and maintain their lead in the NFC North.
The Packers got touchdowns from John Kuhn, Damarious Randall, and James Jones and three field goals from Mason Crosby as they took advantage of some early Raiders mistakes.
Here's the recap of today's game.
The Packers received the opening kickoff, but went three and out on their opening drive. Two runs by Eddie Lacy set up a third and 5, but Aaron Rodgers' throw to Randall Cobb was well short of the sticks.
Latavius Murray's tough running helped move Oakland down the field on their first drive, as the Raiders crossed midfield. However, once there the Packers defense toughened and forced a short punt.
Green Bay went three and out a second time on their second drive, with the series ending on a Khalil Mack sack. The Packers got a quick turnover though, as Micah Hyde intercepted Derek Carr and Green Bay took over at the Oakland 17.
The Packers got a first down reception from Davante Adams to set them up at the 5, and John Kuhn took a hand off and bowled over a would-be tackler on his way to the first scoreoof the day to give the Packers a 7-0 lead.
Damarious Randall made it 14-0 just 15 seconds later. Carr floated a pass well over his slot receiver and the ball fell into Randall's waiting arms. He scampered about 40 yards into the end zone for the game's second score.
An interference penalty on Randall and a big completion to Amari Cooper set the Raiders up inside the red zone late in the first quarter. A Quinten Rollins pass breakup in the end zone on third and goal stopped the threat, however, and Oakland settled for a Sebastian Jankowski field goal.
The Packers stalled out quickly on their next drive, as a deep shot to Adams fell incomplete on third down.
Carr and Murray found some rhythm on the next series, however. Murray ripped off a few big runs while Carr connected with Michael Crabtree on a big gain inside the red zone. The defense locked down again, thankfully holding Oakland to another field goal to make the score 14-6.
A couple of first down got Green Bay near midfield, but a catch by Richard Rodgers came up just short of a first down and the Packers punted away on 4th and 1. The Packers defense forced a punt of their own, but took over on their own 2 after the kick.
The Packers were able to escape the shadow of their own end zone, thanks to a pass interference penalty and a third down conversion to a wide open Randall Cobb. Another conversion on third down to Justin Perillo took the Packers to the two minute warning in Raiders territory. Unfortunately, James Starks coughed up the football two plays later, and the turnover was confirmed upon review.
Carr hit Marcel Reece for a huge gain on a screen pass on first down, then connected with Mychal Rivera and ran for 14 yards for two more first downs on consecutive plays. Carr then found Cooper on the fourth play of the drive for a touchdown that pulled Oakland within one at 14-13 just before halftime.
Oakland received the first kickoff, and got a quick three and out, helped by a sack by Julius Peppers. That set up Green Bay's offense at midfield after a nice return by Micah Hyde.
The Packers couldn't pick up a first down on their first three plays, all runs, but on fourth and two Rodgers' pass to Cobb resulted in an easy pass interference call on Oakland's T.J.Carrie. After an incomplete pass to Adams and an 8 yard run by Lacy, Rodgers had a first down to Jeff Janis but the receiver let the pass slip through his hands and settled for a field goal instead. That made the lead 17-13.
Oakland once again moved the ball well but slowed across midfield. The Packers forced a 4th and 1 at the 30,but Murray picked up the first down. Two plays later, Carr got man to man coverage on the outside and Cooper beat Randall for his second touchdown of the day and Oakland's first lead.
Jeff Janis gave Green Bay a spark on the kickoff, returning the football to midfield. The Packers went 53 yards on three plays, passes to Jared Abbrederis and James Jones before a long bomb to an uncovered Jones for a touchdown to retake the lead.
After giving up a long run to Carr on a scramble, Green Bay was able to force a punt from their own 40.
The Packers made some good progress early with third down conversions by Abbrederis and Jones, the latter which required a challenge to determine. Randall Cobb spent much of the drive lines up in the backfield, but he came up with a big first down on a 2nd and 17 and drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to set up first and goal from the 2. However, the Packers could not find the end zone and Mason Crosby's field goal made it a 7 point game again.
A sack by Peppers on third down for the Raiders forced a punt with seven minutes left, and the short kick gave the Packers the ball at Oakland's 40 yard line.
James Starks broke a big run on the ensuing series, going for 25. On another short Starks run, David Bakhtiari left with an injured leg. On third and goal, Rodgers found Jones for a touchdown, but the receiver was called for pass interference. That resulted in a failed 3rd down conversion and a Crosby field goal to make it a 10 point lead.
The Raiders couldn't get much going on their next series. The Packers had a field goal attempt blocked late, but Oakland could not move the chains and the Packers kneeled out the clock.