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Monday Night Football review: Las Vegas Raiders beat Green Bay Packers in close game

Not since the Raiders hailed from Los Angeles had a team in Silver and Black beat the Green Bay Packers, but luck was on the now Las Vegas-based franchise's side in Week 5’s Monday Night Football showdown.

The Packers arrived in Sin City having won eight straight against the Raiders but couldn’t extend that record thanks to a combination of bad quarterback play and head-scratching defensive playcalling. 

It was hardly a pretty game from a Raiders standpoint with Las Vegas having Maxx Crosby and Davante Adams - who used to play for Green Bay - to thank for ending a three-game losing streak with a 17-13 victory. 

It’s a win that leaves Josh McDaniels' men in a decent spot at 2-3 and +240 to make the play-offs with the schedule set to soften up in the coming weeks. 

Meanwhile, the Packers are now +165 to be in the postseason after a second defeat in primetime dropped them to 2-3, two games off the NFC North first-placed Detroit Lions.

Packers developing love-hate QB relationship

Having been stomped by NFC North rivals Detroit on Thursday Night Football in Week 4, this was an opportunity for Green Bay to get back above .500 against an average Raiders team. 

Plenty of Cheesheads packed Allegiant Stadium only to be left disappointed by another poor performance on both sides of the ball. 

Having started the post-Aaron Rodgers era with a bang in a 38-20 Week 1 win, the Packers offense has averaged 17 points per game through the last three weeks. 

The finger of blame for that dip has been pointed at Jordan Love, who has regressed after he started the season with six touchdowns and zero interceptions. 

He posted a stat line on Monday of 16-for-30 for 182 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions with the last of his picks coming in the Raiders’ end zone with 44 seconds to play, icing the game for the hosts. 

Love may not have his best running back or left tackle, both out injured, but that doesn’t account for his massive dip in production or generally skittish play.

Maxx attack

It might have been the sight of Maxx Crosby coming at him from every angle that had Love so spooked. 

Crosby was a constant menace and although he only registered one sack and four pressures, he led from the front on a defense that allowed its fewest points in a game for three seasons.

Linebacker Robert Spillane enjoyed a banner night too, becoming the first Raiders since 2001 to record multiple interceptions in the same game. 

The Packers offense might be struggling right now, but this was still a bounce back showing from a Raiders defense that had flopped in its last primetime outing and went into Week 5 ranked 24th in points allowed.

McDaniels isn’t helping Jimmy be a G

If only the Raiders offense could show the same signs of progression on another difficult night for a team that still hasn’t put up over 20 points in a game this year. 

Head coach Josh McDaniels continues to hold Las Vegas back with his cautious playcalling, such as choosing to kick a 53-yard field goal which was ultimately tipped by a defender and no good, instead of going for it on 4th-and-2 in the fourth quarter. 

On another night, that’s a decision that costs the Raiders a win.

It’s not the first time McDaniels has shown a lack of faith in his offense converting a vital fourth down and perhaps that has something to do with his quarterback throwing at least one interception in each of his four games in Silver and Black. 

Jimmy Garoppolo, returning from a concussion in this game, has been slightly worse than advertised on the whole after taking over from Derek Carr in the summer. On Monday, he completed 22 of 31 attempts for 208 yards and a touchdown. 

He barely gave his star wideout Adams a look in the first half but when he did get him in the game, the former Packer made a big difference, even playing with a banged up shoulder.

Adams’ stat line wasn’t impressive as he had just 45 receiving yards on four catches, but three catches in four plays in the fourth quarter set up Las Vegas for a vital Josh Jacobs go-ahead touchdown. 

Room for improvement

Jacobs’ touchdown helped the Raiders to a big win as they scratched and clawed their way to a home victory. 

The result doesn’t mask all the ills of this team, particularly the ones on offense, but there’s enough play-making talent on both sides of the ball to suggest they may have a winning record come Thanksgiving based on the next five games. 

Las Vegas go to New England in Week 6, a game they are -155 ML to win, before facing the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants and New York Jets.

As for Green Bay, they have a bye week to try and figure things out. It had looked like being a smooth transition from Rodgers to Love after two weeks, but those predictions were clearly premature. 

The offense has stalled and the defense, which continues to make slightly amateur mistakes, like matching up linebacker Preston Smith with Adams, may also need a reboot. 

A Week 7 meeting with the 1-4 Denver Broncos could be just the pick-me-up Green Bay needs, but Packers fans have already learned this season not to get ahead of themselves.

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