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Raiders use fast start, interception return to beat Colts

Sun Sep 29 4:41pm ET
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer

Players: T Y Hilton, Jack Doyle, Derek Carr, Eric Ebron, Jacoby Brissett, Trevor Davis, Tyrell Williams, Zach Pascal, Devin Funchess, Chester Rogers, Foster Moreau, Josh Jacobs

Oakland Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (98) strips the ball from Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (15) during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. The Raiders recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


Indianapolis Colts safety Khari Willis (37) breaks up a pass intended for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams (16) during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)


Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri (4) reacts after missing a field goal against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)


Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) breaks way from Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)


Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden talks with head linesman Derick Bowers (74) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)


Oakland Raiders wide receiver Trevor Davis (11) celebrates a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


Oakland Raiders wide receiver Trevor Davis (11) runs in fro a touchdown in from of Indianapolis Colts safety Khari Willis (37) during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Derek Carr led the Oakland Raiders to touchdowns on three of their first four possessions Sunday, and Erik Harris returned a late interception 30 yards for a score to seal a 31-24 victory at Indianapolis.

Oakland (2-2) snapped a two-game losing streak and won in Indy for the first time since 2001.

With starting receivers T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess out with injuries, the Colts (2-2) gained 346 yards - most coming in the final quarter when they were scrambling to get back in the game. The inability to sustain drives took a toll on Indy's defense.

Carr cashed in quickly.

He threw an 18-yard TD pass to Foster Moreau on the game's opening drive. On the Raiders' next offensive play, Trevor Davis took the pitch on a jet sweep around the left side and sprinted 60 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0 less than seven minutes into the game.

Justin Houston's fumble recovery on the Raiders' next possession set up a 5-yard TD pass from Jacoby Brissett to Jack Doyle.

Carr answered with a 19-yard TD pass to Tyrell Williams in a stark contrast to the team that stated the game with only two scores on the last 18 possessions.

The Raiders' defense made sure it held up, though Brissett's 4-yard pass to Chester Rogers with 5:27 left cut the deficit to 24-17. After Oakland forced a punt, Harris jumped Zach Pascal's route, came up with the interception and jogged into the end zone.

Brissett threw a 48-yard TD pass to Eric Ebron with 1:10 to play, but the Colts didn't get the ball back.

Carr was 21 of 31 for 189 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. Davis ran twice for 74 yards and Josh Jacobs had 17 carries for 79 yards.

Brissett finished 24 of 46 with 265 yards, three TDs and one interception. Pascal had four receptions for 72 yards.

BURFICT EJECTED

Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict was ejected early in the second quarter following a replay review.

Burfict was called for unnecessary roughness on a helmet-to-helmet collision with tight end Doyle, who had made a 5-yard catch on third-and-4. He jogged to the tunnel even before referee Scott Novak announced the disqualification to the crowd.

It's not the first time Burfict has run afoul of league rules. He had 11 fines and suspensions in seven seasons with Cincinnati before joining the Raiders.

UP NEXT

Raiders: Khalil Mack plays his former team, the Raiders, as the star linebacker and the Bears play Oakland in London - a home game for the Raiders.

Colts: visit Kansas City on Sunday night in a rematch of last year's playoff game.

Player Notes
Darius Slayton Oct 21 9:00pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton has been the best receiving option in New York this season and will look to continue his success versus the Eagles in Week 7. In their first matchup last season, Slayton torched Philadelphia for 154 yards and two touchdowns. The Auburn Tiger was quieter in their second meeting, but has had had splash performances this season including a two-touchdown game and two 100-yard efforts. While Slayton has had his ups, he has had quiet games as well and will draw the coverage of Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay in this matchup. The Giants only completed 12 passes last week so there is risk in starting Slayton, but he does have big-game upside as a WR3.

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Devonta Freeman Oct 21 8:50pm ET

New York Giants running back Devonta Freeman has seen his workload increase in each week with the team since signing after Week 2. Freeman has been the clear lead-back for Big Blue, but faces a quick turnaround this week with a Thursday night game against the Eagles. Freeman handled 17 and 18 touches in the past two games and has reached 60 yards in each game. Neither Wayne Gallman nor Dion Lewis handled a carry last week but could be more involved with the Thursday matchup this week. Philadelphia gives up the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Freeman is startable as a flex based on his volume, but does carry some risk in Week 7.

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Ezekiel Elliott Oct 21 8:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has lost four fumbles this season after losing just five in the first four years of his career, and his giveaways this year have turned into 28 points for the opposition. Elliott has more fumbles lost in 133 carries than all nine of the league's top-10 rushers combined in 1,104 touches, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Elliott might have to prioritize ball security over fighting for extra yards to correct the issue. Dallas has 15 turnovers on the year and are an NFL-worst minus-12 in turnover differential. Despite the 25-year-old's fumbling issues and the fact that he hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game yet, he remains a must-start, high-end RB1 because he'll remain firmly in the game plan with quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle) out for the year. Elliott has six total touchdowns and 32 catches through six weeks and should rebound in Week 7 against Washington.

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Michael Thomas Oct 21 8:20pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday with ankle and hamstring injuries. The hamstring injury is new and is something to watch, but Thomas' high ankle sprain is what has kept him out of action since the season-opener. It was believed that the All-Pro wideout would return in Week 5 before the team's bye, but the Saints sat him for disciplinary reasons after he punched a teammate in practice. Unless the 27-year-old has a setback this week, he should make his return against Carolina in Week 7. The Panthers Defense has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to wideouts this year, but Thomas is a target hog and reception machine and is a must-start, high-end WR1 if he's active.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Oct 21 8:20pm ET

Defensive end Aaron Lynch has unretired and has been reinstated to the Jacksonville Jaguars exempt list on Wednesday. Lynch must go through five days of COVID-19 testing before he's eligible to return to the team's facilities. He signed a one-year contract with the team in May but retired on Aug. 18 due to personal reasons. Nose tackle Al Woods and linebacker Lerentee McCray both opted out of the season, and defensive end/tackle Rodney Gunter (heart) has been out, so Lynch's return will give Jacksonville some much-needed depth on that side of the ball. Lynch has 20 sacks and 10 pass breakups in 73 career games with the 49ers and Bears. The Jaguars Defense is well off the fantasy radar, however, ranking 31st out of 32 NFL defenses in fantasy points.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct 21 8:00pm ET

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense is a solid streaming option this week against the Raiders. In a highly anticipated matchup between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers last week, the Tampa defense stole the show and got after Rodgers all day, compiling five sacks and two picks. Though the Raiders are a capable offense, the Bucs' defense can generate turnovers and put immense pressure on the QB. After that encouraging and dominant performance last week, they are a great starting option for this week.

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Ryan Succop Oct 21 8:00pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Ryan Succop is a streaming option in standard leagues this week against the Raiders. Succop has been mostly reliable this season, going 10-for-12 in field-goal attempts and 19-for-20 in extra-point attempts. The Raiders offer the 10th-most points to fantasy kickers, which puts him in the starting tier.

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Rob Gronkowski Oct 21 7:50pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski is a low-end TE1 for this week's clash against the Raiders. Gronk had his best game of 2020 last week, posting five receptions for 78 yards and a score on eight targets. This was an encouraging performance by the veteran, one that may have instilled hope in managers because he looked his dominant New England version. The Raiders are middle-of-the-pack in points allowed to fantasy TEs, which means Gronk is a good streaming option this week.

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Mike Evans Oct 21 7:40pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is a low-end WR1 this week against the Raiders, if active. Evans has been dealing with an ankle injury and his status for the game is unclear. Nevertheless, the WR has been quite streaky this year, as he has posted monster games along with contests where he only had one or two catches going for touchdowns. Evans is too talented to bench, so managers can only hope for more consistency. The Raiders offer the fifth-most points to fantasy WRs, making this a solid matchup for Evans if he plays.

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Chris Godwin Oct 21 7:40pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin is a low-end WR1 against the Raiders this week, if active. The WR has been dealing with a hamstring injury and has overall missed three games this season. He returned last week and grabbed five receptions for 48 yards on seven targets. Godwin has immense potential, but he hasn't been able to showcase it due to setbacks this season. The Raiders allow the fifth-most points to fantasy WRs, meaning Godwin could have a great game if active.

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Leonard Fournette Oct 21 7:30pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette is easing back from an ankle injury and his status heading into Week 7 is still unclear. Nevertheless, if he plays, he is a risky option. The back has missed two out of the past three games and this has paved the way for Ronald Jones II to take the RB1 role in the meantime. Now, Fournette should be considered the RB2 on the team and the size of his role is uncertain but likely smaller. Though the Raiders offer a favorable matchup this week, it's tough to trust Fournette considering his recent injury and uncertainty regarding how large his role would be.

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Tom Brady Oct 21 7:20pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is a low-end QB1 this week against the Raiders. The QB has been decent this season but posted a season-low 166 yards last week in the blowout win over Green Bay. Nevertheless, that was because the Bucs had a comfortable lead for most of the game. Brady is a great streaming option against a Raiders squad allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to QBs.

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Ronald Jones II Oct 21 7:20pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II is a solid starter this week. Jones has now established himself as the top RB on this team and has proved it with three straight 100-yard rushing games. The momentum is building for Jones and he could have another big day on the ground against a Raiders team allowing the most points to fantasy backs. This is one of the best weeks to start Jones with confidence.

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Daniel Jones Oct 21 6:00pm ET

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has struggled so far this season and will face a quick turnaround playing on Thursday night versus the Eagles. The sophomore signal-caller has thrown just three touchdowns against six interceptions through six games. Jones also has three fumbles-lost, a stat he lead the league in as a rookie. While the Giants did pick up their first win this past Sunday, Jones had little to do with it as he completed only 12 passes for 112 yards. Philadelphia is a middle-of-the-pack defense in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, but Jones is just a fringe QB2 in superflex and two-QB leagues.

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John Brown Oct 21 5:50pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (knee) was unable to suit up for practice on Wednesday. He was barely able to make it through the Week 6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. There is a good chance that the team holds him out of the Week 7 matchup with the New York Jets. Brown was unable to haul in any of his four targets in his last game. Fantasy owners should probably look for a suitable replacement since it sounds like Brown's status is trending in the wrong direction. He hasn't exactly been reliable lately, so standard league owners might want to add some insurance.

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Kyler Murray Oct 21 5:50pm ET

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has used his legs and arm effectively in the red zone so far this year, completing 18 of 22 red-zone passing attempts for 109 yards and eight touchdowns. He hasn't thrown an interception inside the 20-yard line and has posted the fourth-highest red-zone passer rating in the league at 126.9. On the ground, Murray has four rushing touchdowns inside the red zone on 66 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and an 81.8 percent success rate. The 5-foot-10, 207-pounder has a pair of red-zone touchdowns when eight or more defenders have been in the box. Murray threw for just 188 yards in Week 6 against Dallas, but he still had three touchdowns and will remain a must-start, high-end QB1 in Week 7 against a Seahawks Defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

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Dallas Cowboys Oct 21 5:50pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys Defense might be a decent option in Week 7 despite their poor season-long performance. The Dallas defense has totaled just five fantasy points this season. Total. Five points. But they have a great matchup against a struggling Washington Football Team offense that has surrendered the second-most turnovers, third-most sacks, and ranks 30th in points scored. There's a chance that the Cowboys "defense" is the cure for what has been ailing the Washington offense, but if the Cowboys defense can't do anything with this cake matchup, then they can't do anything at all. They're ranked right around 15th among fantasy defensive units this week.

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Cole Beasley Oct 21 5:40pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has been one of the biggest surprises for this team this season. He continues to be a reliable option for this offense and has seen four or more targets in every game. Fantasy owners should be able to count on Beasley as a solid flex play against the New York Jets in Week 7. Beasley has put up reliable numbers in PPR formats in just about every game this season.

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Dalton Schultz Oct 21 5:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz could be set up for a nice bounce-back performance in Week 7 against the Washington Football Team. Schultz blew up in his first start in Week 2, but he's caught just five passes for 41 yards in his last two games combined. This week, however, Schultz and the Cowboys will take on a Washington defense that has allowed several tight ends to have top-15 fantasy weeks. While they defend opposing wide receivers well, they are somewhat vulnerable to tight ends. Schultz enters this game with nice upside and a pretty solid floor, even with quarterbackAndy Dalton running the offense. He's somewhere in the lower third of TE1 ranks.

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Cam Newton Oct 21 5:40pm ET

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has scored all five of his red-zone rushing touchdowns this year while working with a blocking disadvantage, using his 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame to his advantage with his quick feet doing the work. Newton has also completed eight of his 17 red-zone passing attempts for 61 yards, two touchdowns and a 95.5 passer rating in 2020. He's scored five rushing touchdowns in the red zone on 44 rushing yards and a 66.7 percent success rate. Fantasy managers might be hesitant to start Newton after he laid an egg in the Week 6 loss to the Broncos, but he'll have QB1 upside against the 49ers this Sunday. San Fran's defense has allowed a league-high 35 rushing attempts to opposing signal-callers for 231 yards and two touchdowns through six weeks.

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