- Derek Carr and the Raiders failed to convert a crucial fourth down late against the Ravens.
- On the ESPN2 broadcast, Peyton and Eli Manning admonished Raiders fans for cheering too loud.
- Derek Carr could be seen attempting to quiet the crowd before the play to no avail.
The Raiders played in front of a packed house in Las Vegas for the first time after playing in an empty stadium last season due to COVID-19.
With the Baltimore Ravens visiting in primetime, the Las Vegas crowd was loud and proud to cheer on the Silver and Black. At points, they were too loud.
Late in the third quarter, with the Raiders trailing 17-10 and facing fourth-and-1 in the red zone, quarterback Derek Carr had to wave his hands down before getting under center to quiet the crowd.
On the ESPN2 simulcast of the game, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning were making their announcing debut, and both Super Bowl winners admonished the crowd for their volume.
“The crowd is all fired up again,” Eli said. “They don’t know how to cheer.”
“You should not have to do this at home,” Peyton said, referring to Carr’s hand-waving effort to quiet the crowd.
When Carr finally called for the snap, the Raiders were stuffed on the run thanks to near-instant penetration by the Ravens defense.
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“That’s crowd noise penetration by the defensive line,” Peyton explained after the play. “The offensive line is not getting off on the snap because they can’t freakin’ hear.”
After the turnover on downs, the Raiders defense forced a three-and-out and got their offense back on the field. Manning again encouraged the crowd to shut up and let their quarterback work when they got the ball.
“Okay, quiet down, crowd,” Manning said. “Don’t make Carr have to quiet you down. Just sit there, check your wager, see how all your bets are doing and let Carr operate without having to quiet the crowd down. That’s irritating for a quarterback. Let him get into a rhythm.”
Thankfully for the Raiders, Carr did find his rhythm. After one more three-and-out, Carr and the Raiders offense finished the game with five drives that ended in touchdown, touchdown, game-tying field goal, a fluke red-zone interception, and the game-winning touchdown in overtime.
The Raiders are now 1-0 when playing in front of their home fans in Las Vegas. Still, the Mannings believe that the new Raider Nation has some work to do before perfecting the art of providing their team with a true home-field advantage.