Kansas City win its division in style here by keeping it simple with Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill, and the defense will have another strong game against the pass vs. Jay Cutler.
Even though the Raptors stumbled into the Eastern Conference finals in 2016, there’s a sense that they’ve disappointed in the postseason. DeRozan and his costar Kyle Lowry have certainly both struggled to be themselves. After last season’s loss, even Toronto acknowledged it.
After that performance, we need a culture reset here, Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said in his season ending media interview. The style of play is something we need to change. I’ve made it clear. [Head coach Dwane Casey] has acknowledged it.
You know what, though? DeRozan reliably hitting three-pointers might be exactly what he needs to change that. (You can also see Toronto’s improved spacing in the gif at the top — DeRozan initiates that pick and roll from about 30 feet and has plenty of room to step into a clean three-pointer.)
Dallas will start its drive at its 24 with 6:30 to play.
Dallas is called for holding and never recovers as it goes three-and-out. The Cowboys punt and the Raiders will take over with 8:15 to play and the score tied.
Touchdown, Raiders. Oakland puts together a 10-play, 53-yard drive that ends with a 2-yard touchdown catch by Michael Crabtree to tie the score, 17-17. Crabtree has seven receptions and two scores in the game.
Field goal, Raiders. Oakland fails to punch it in after the Cowboys’ turnover as Carr throws two incompletions and Marshawn Lynch registers a short run. Giorgio Tavecchio hits a 39-yard field goal to tie the score 10-10 with 6:14 left in the third quarter.
Turnover, Cowboys. Prescott is hit as he throws and the pass is picked off by Sean Smith, who runs it into the end zone. After review, Smith is ruled down by contact and the Raiders will take over at their 22.