Lynch, Carr help Raiders down Giants

Mack and the Raiders Defense are Building Momentum

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Smith lost two fumbles before throwing a fourth-quarter TD pass to Evan Engram.

NY benched Manning earlier in the week, ending his streak of 210 straight regular-season starts, and he spent his first game as a spectator since November 14, 2004, walking around the sideline with no helmet and listening to the play calls with an ear piece.

Patterson finished with 97 yards receiving, the most yards he's had in a single game since he had 141 yards on five catches for Minnesota on December 8, 2013.

Oakland (6-6) overcame the absences of starting receivers Michael Crabtree (suspension) and Amari Cooper (injury) to win consecutive games for the first time since the opening two games of the season and move into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West with Kansas City and the Chargers.

Fortunately, the vulnerable secondary of the Giants still may leave a few opportunities for Carr to capitalize on. But on third-and-5, Raiders outside linebacker Bruce Irvin had a strip-sack of Smith, and inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman recovered at the 32. The Raiders' passing yards total was actually their fourth-highest of the season.

The Raiders put away the game when Derek Carr connected on a 9-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Holton with 3:23 remaining. "I'd try to support all the guys and be ready to play if I was called upon, support Geno, support all the guys, and do what I had to do to". Cordarrelle Patterson had 97 yards receiving for his second-most productive game.

"Those are some big shoes to fill", Holton said. While that seems like status quo from Lynch, he actually had a good reason to not speak to reporters and it had everything to do with him getting a random drug test. "Those guys weren't here so we had to step up".

Smith played for two seasons under Ryan with the New York Jets.

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