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Raiders video: Daniel Carlson, seeking a fresh start, makes 3-3 FGs, kicks game winner

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Daniel Carlson’s redemption tour with the Oakland Raiders is off to a good start in his first full season with the squad. Carlson went 3-3 on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers including the game-winner with 12 seconds remaining the game.

This is quite a different outcome than the last time Carlson faced off against the Packers. In week two of last season, Carlson and the Minnesota Vikings made the trip to Lambeau field to play in a rivalry game. Carlson was a rookie making his second career start after being a fifth-round pick.

Carlson missed a kick from 48 yards during the second quarter and 49 yards during overtime. He had a chance to redeem himself right before the overtime period ended but missed the 35-yard attempt wide right. The game ended in a tie and ended up being the difference in the Vikings missing the playoffs. If they would have had nine wins a playoff berth would have been theirs, but instead they finished 8-7-1.

The Vikings moved on from Carlson the following day, and it took over a month before the Raiders decided to give him a shot.

A new team was all he needed, and by the end of the last season, he had converted on 94 % of his field-goal attempts, a team record.

This preseason he has picked up right where he left off, and it looks like he is going to be a weapon again this season for the Raiders. It was a big chance the Raiders took on him, signing him after he struggled with the Vikings but it’s paying big dividends.

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