Raiders lose to Colts interim coach Matt Ryan on Saturday


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The Colts handed the Raiders (2-7) their third straight loss and will increase the scrutiny of freshman coach Josh McDaniels.

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) is tackled by Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Luke Masterson (59) during the first half of an NFL football game in Las Vegas, on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Matt Ryan returned to his job as the Colts’ starter under TV analyst-turned-interim coach Jeff Saturday, and the veteran quarterback delivered a 35-yard touchdown pass to Parris Campbell for lead Indianapolis to a 25-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.

The touchdown with 5:07 left came shortly after the 37-year-old quarterback converted a third-and-3 with a 39-yard run to the Raiders’ 36-yard line.

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His play helped give Saturday, who just a week ago was an ESPN analyst before being hired despite having no NFL coaching experience, his first win. It also handed the Raiders (2-7) their third straight loss and will increase scrutiny for first-year coach Josh McDaniels, who took over a playoff team a year ago. The Raiders were booed off the field.

Ryan completed 21 of 28 passes for 222 yards and Jonathan Taylor rushed for 147 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown. It was Taylor’s first 100-yard game since opening the season against the Houston Texans, when he rushed for 161 yards.

The duo netted the play of Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams, who caught nine passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. But a fourth pass to Adams was interrupted by Colts cornerback Stephon Gilmore, prompting a major celebration on the Indianapolis sideline.

Las Vegas’ Derek Carr completed 24 of 38 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns.

Saturday showed he wasn’t afraid to make changes, installing Parks Frazier, someone who had never been in that position. Then on game day, Saturday returned to veteran Ryan as the starter. Ryan was benched by former coach Frank Reich in favor of Sam Ehlinger, who started the last two games.

Two weeks ago on Saturday, in his role as an analyst, he tweeted that the “Raiders looked awful” in their 24-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

They didn’t look so good when the Colts (4-5-1) took a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. That included an 11-play, 70-yard first-period drive in which Indianapolis had five first downs. The Colts had eight in the entire game a week ago against New England.

The Raiders didn’t land a first down until 11:51 left in the first half, and Carr missed all five passing attempts in the first quarter. Indianapolis edged the home team 111 yards to 5 in that span, as Las Vegas looked like the team playing under an interim coach.

On a drive the Raiders lost 10 yards on a holding penalty and another 5 on an ineligible player on the field, Carr was sacked for a loss of 9 yards, Josh Jacobs rushed in the middle on the second and long for 5 yards, and Carr threw short of Adams on third. This streak of plays rained boos on the Raiders.

But they finally got something at the end of the second quarter, heading for the Colts 4-yard line. Carr rolled a right and found Foster Moreau in the end zone for a touchdown with 58 seconds left.

The Colts, however, moved into field goal range and Chase McLaughlin netted his second field goal from 48 yards with no time left for a 13-7 lead.

This set up a crazy second half in which the lead changed four times

Jacobs rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Raiders their first lead, Taylor responded with a 66-yard touchdown, then Carr hit Adams a 48-yard touchdown, before the Colts came in with the winner with 5:07 to go.

SEYMOUR HONORED BY THE RAIDERS

Pro Football Hall of Fame Richard Seymour’s Hall of Fame plaque was unveiled at Allegiant Stadium ahead of the game, his official induction into the Raiders Hall. Seymour, a three-time All-Pro defensive lineman, played for the Oakland Raiders from 2009-2012 and played for the New England Patriots from 2001-2008. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame This year.

KEY INJURIES

Raiders linebacker Denzel Perryman, who was limited to practice due to rib and hip injuries, was placed on the inactive roster heading into the game. Raiders tight end Foster Moreau and Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin entered the injured blue tent in the second half, but both players returned.

NEXT

Colts: will host Philadelphia next Sunday.

Raiders: play in Denver next Sunday.



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