The Las Vegas Raiders’ defense played a big part in the team’s first win of the season against their division rival on Sunday.
A monumental play from Raiders cornerback Amik Robertson helped keep the momentum going and fans cheered loudly at Allegiant Stadium.
When Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III fumbled the ball from a strike made by security Duron Harmon with less than 3:30 to go in the second quarter, Robertson was in the right place at the right time.
Near the Raiders 35-yard line, the ball appeared in Robertson’s direction and he caught it, and what he did after looked like Bo Jackson scoring a touchdown from the video game, Tecmo Bowl.
It may surprise you, but Robertson’s The 68-yard fumble return for a touchdown was the Raiders’ first defensive touchdown in three years.
The last time the Silver and Black scored a defensive touchdown was in 2019, when Oakland Raiders safety Erik Harris returned two interceptions for touchdowns that season, the last being in Week 9 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
He would finish that game with two interceptions, for 115 yards and a touchdown.
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Robertson’s fumble recovery taken into the end zone is also the first fumble recovery score since the cornerback Keith McGill did so in 2014 against the Broncos in Week 16 of the regular season.
The play came minutes after Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy grabbed a catch when he was tagged by the Raiders corner, that he tripped while covering Jeudy, then laughed at him for being too small to cover him.
“Once he started talking, it kind of upped my game,” the 5-foot-8 Robertson said after the game.
The 43 regular season games with no defensive or special teams score was the longest current streak in the NFL and the second longest in the Super Bowl era, behind only a 49-game streak by the Cleveland Browns from 1979 to 1982.
The Las Vegas Raiders will now travel to Arrowhead Stadium to next face the Kansas City Chiefs. This game will be a Primetime match on Monday, October 10, 2022, and it can be seen on ESPN. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET / 5:15 p.m. / PM PT.
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