LAS VEGAS (AP) — Matt Ryan got his job back as the Colts’ starter under TV analyst and interim coach Jeff Saturday, and the veteran quarterback delivered a 35-yard touchdown pass to Parris Campbell to put Indianapolis to a 25-20 lead lead victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
The 5:07 left touchdown came shortly after the 37-year-old quarterback converted a third-and-3 with a 39-yard run to the Raiders’ 36-yard line.
His game helped Saturday, who was an ESPN analyst a week ago before being hired despite his lack of NFL coaching experience, earn his first win. It also gave the Raiders (2-7) their third straight loss and will put a closer look at first-year coach Josh McDaniels, who took over a playoff team a year ago. The Raiders were booed off the field.
Ryan completed 21 of 28 passes for 222 yards and Jonathan Taylor rushed for 147 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown. It was Taylor’s first 100-yard game since the season opener against the Houston Texans when he rushed for 161 yards.
The duo equalized play from Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams, who caught nine passes for 126 yards and a TD. But a fourth pass to Adams was interrupted by Colts cornerback Stephon Gilmore, prompting a big celebration on the Indianapolis sidelines.
Las Vegas’ Derek Carr completed 24 of 38 passes for 248 yards and two TDs.
Saturday showed he wasn’t afraid to make changes and installed Parks Frazier as the play-caller, someone who had never been in that position. On game day, Saturday then went back to veteran Ryan as a starter. Ryan was benched by former coach Frank Reich in favor of Sam Ehlinger, who started the last two games.
Two weeks ago, in his role as analyst, Saturday tweeted that the “Raiders look terrible” during their 24-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
They didn’t look great when the Colts (4-5-1) took a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. That included an 11-play drive for 70 yards in the first period, during which Indianapolis hit five first downs. The Colts had the entire game eight against New England a week ago.
The Raiders didn’t get a first down until 11:51 remained in the first half, and Carr missed all five of his first-quarter pass attempts. Indianapolis gained the home team by 111 yards on 5 during that period, while Las Vegas looked like the team was playing under a caretaker coach.
On a drive, the Raiders lost 10 yards to a holding penalty and another 5 yards to an unauthorized player in downfield, Carr was let off on a 9-yard loss, Josh Jacobs rushed 5 yards to second-and-long at center and Carr threw just before Adams on the third. This sequence of plays sent boos raining down on the Raiders.
But towards the end of the second quarter, they finally got things moving and drove to the Colts’ 4-yard line. Carr rolled to the right and found Foster Moreau in the end zone for a touchdown with 58 seconds left.
However, the Colts drove into field goal range and Chase McLaughlin made his second 48-yard field goal without giving time to a 13-7 lead.
This led to a wild second half in which the lead changed hands four times
Jacobs rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to give the Raiders their first lead, Taylor responded with a 66-yard touchdown, and then Carr Adams hit with a 48-yard TD before the Colts over with 5:07 winners came through.
SEYMOUR HONORED BY ROBBERS
Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Seymour’s Hall of Fame plaque was unveiled ahead of the game at Allegiant Stadium, his official induction into the Raiders’ Hall. Seymour, a three-time All-Pro defenseman, played for the Oakland Raiders from 2009-2012 and played for the New England Patriots from 2001-2008. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.
Raiders linebacker Denzel Perryman, restricted in training with rib and hip injuries, was placed on the inactive list ahead of the game. Raiders tight end Foster Moreau and Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin entered the blue injury tent in the second half, but both players returned.
Colts: Host Philadelphia next Sunday.
Raiders: Playing in Denver next Sunday.
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