OAKLAND – The Raiders weren't at full strength heading into Sunday’s home game against Buffalo, and lost a key member during that contest.
Backups filled in well for missing pieces, and were key in the Raiders’ 38-24 victory at Oakland Coliseum.
TJ Carrie took over as slot corner after DJ Hayden was placed on injured reserve last week, and was a steady presence on the interior in 40 defensive snaps. He allowed just two receptions for 28 yards on seven targets, with just six total yards coming after the catch. The Raiders needed sure tackling in that spot and got it from Carrie, who hasn’t played much this year despite significant experience in the slot.
The Raiders also got a key sack from James Cowser, playing defense only with Shilique Calhoun out with a knee injury.
Nate Allen had to step in for strong safety Karl Joseph 20 snaps into Sunday’s game, when the first-round rookie was lost with a foot/toe injury. The veteran Allen played 40 snaps, and finishing with three tackles, a pass defensed and an interception made easy on a ball tipped skyward by Khalil Mack. Allen’s veteran presence allow the Raiders to keep charging and flashed the depth required to survive injuries to key starters.
Dan Williams, Denico Autry played significant snaps at defensive tackle, a position group weakened by ankle injuries to Darius Latham and Stacy McGee.
Let’s take a look at the entire Raiders snap count:
71 – OL Donald Penn, OL Austin Howard, OL Donald Penn, OL Gabe Jackson, QB Derek Carr, OL Rodney Hudson
63 – WR Amari Cooper
57 – WR Michael Crabtree
55 – WR Seth Roberts
50 – RB Latavius Murray
45 – TE Clive Walford
21 – OL Vadal Alexander
20 – TE Mychal Rivera
17 – RB Jalen Richard
12 – WR Andre Holmes
10 – FB Jamize Olawale
2 – RB Taiwan Jones, OL Menelik Watson
1 – WR Johnny Holton
72 – LB Malcolm Smith, S Reggie Nelson
70 – CB Sean Smith, CB David Amerson
69 – LB Perry Riley
68 – LB Bruce Irvin, DE Khalil Mack
63 – DT Denico Autry
62 – DE Jihad Ward
41 – CB TJ Carrie
40 – S Nate Allen
33 – DT Dan Williams
20 – S Karl Joseph, NT Justin Ellis
11 – DE Brenden Jackson
8 – DE James Cowser
5 – LB Cory James
27 – Daren Bates
25 – TJ Carrie, Nate Allen
23 – Taiwan Jones, Andre Holmes, Brynden Trawick
22 – Keith McGill
21 – Jamize Olawale
19 – James Cowser
17 -- Tyrell Adams
13 – Sebatisan Janikowski
12 – Jon Condo, Marquette King
11 – Cory James, Jon Feliciano
10 – Jalen Richard, Branden Jackson
9 – Johnny Holton , Dexter McDonald
6 – Kelechi Osemele, Austin Howard, Donald Penn, Gabe Jackson, Clive Walford, Menelik Watson
4 – Bruce Irvin, Khalil Mack, Denico Autry, TJ Carrie, Dan Williams, Justin Ellis
NOTE: Snap counts taken from official NFL game book