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Raiders coach Jon Gruden reacts to game-winning TD pass from Derek Carr vs. Lions

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The Oakland Raiders squared off with the Detroit Lions in Week 9 in a game in which the Raiders (3-4) were trying to get back to .500. The Lions (3-3-1) were trying to get over .500. In the end, Oakland was successful in its goal of getting back to .500, as the Raiders won the game by a final score of 31-24.

As the score indicates, though, the matchup wasn’t without its excitement. In a tie game (24-24), the Raiders scored with 2:04 left in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good. That score came on a Derek Carr touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Hunter Renfrow.

Said head coach Jon Gruden on the play:

The touchdown throw to Renfrow “was as good as I’ve seen Derek Carr play since I’ve been here,” said Gruden, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic.

Gruden has an argument. Carr was on top of his game all day. He completed 20 of 31 passes (64.5%) for 289 yards and two touchdowns to no interceptions. Of course, that touchdown throw was extremely clutch as well.

On the year, Carr has 13 touchdown passes compared to four interceptions. While he has struggled at times, the quarterback has shown quite a few flashes that he still has a lot of potential. The last few weeks, in particular, have been promising.

Meanwhile, Renfrow had no touchdown receptions heading into Week 8. He has caught one in each of his last two games now, though. The Clemson product is having a solid rookie season, and the fact that his previous two games have been his best is fascinating.

The wide receiver had 14 receptions for 115 yards heading into Week 8. He has 10 receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games.

The most important takeaway, though, is that the Raiders are now 4-4. Oakland’s roller-coaster season continues with having a lot to build off of and just as much to be excited about. A late-season push could find see in the playoff hunt.