OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – All four of the game's losing streak, the change in defensive coordinators and all those early fights of the season are now in the past for the Oakland Raiders.

They're heading to the final stretch of the season exactly where they expected to be, even if their record is not as good as they wanted.

The Raiders used retrograde performance from Marsh awn Lynch and took advantage of a rusty Geno Smith who started in place of Eli Manning to beat the New York Giants 24-17 on Sunday and advance to a three-way tie in first place in the AFC West.

Oakland (6-6) has recovered from a 2-4 start to draw with Kansas City and the Chargers with a remaining round robin on the calendar beginning with the Raiders' visit to the Chiefs next week. Kansas City will host Los Angeles the following week before Oakland finishes the season on the road against the Chargers.

"We are in a situation where all of our objectives are still right in front of us," Carr said. "It's right in front of us, it's there, everything we want to do is there."

The Raiders took a while to get away from the Giants (2-10). Lynch scored in a 51-yard run on Oakland's first drive on her way to a 101-yard performance that was the most productive since she came out of retirement.

Beast Mode added a 21-yard catch and ran a third chance to pbad in the fourth quarter that established a 9-yard TD driven by DeAndre Washington that made it 17-7.

That was too much for Smith to overcome after taking over from Manning, who was sent to the bench after 210 consecutive regular season starts. Smith lost two fumbles before throwing a scoring pbad in the fourth quarter to Evan Engram.

Smith finished with 21 for 34 for 212 yards.

"I hate losing," said Smith. "I do not want to lose anything at all, I was angry because we lost, I felt we had some opportunities and we could not take advantage of them."

Here are other conclusions:


Manning spent the day as a spectator for the first time since November 14, 2004, when he backed Kurt Warner for the last time in his rookie season. Manning started each game for the Giants after that before being sent to the bench this week. Manning participated in the toss of the coin before the game, and then watched the game without a helmet, listening to calls and giving advice to Smith between sets.

"I knew that once we got to today I would be a good teammate," Manning said. "I would try to support all the guys and be ready to play if they called me, support Geno, support all the guys and do what I had to do. If I saw something, I had to tell them."


With the initial receivers Amari Cooper (injury) and Michael Crabtree (suspension), the Raiders had to get help from some receivers of little-used pbades. Tight end Clive Walford topped his season total of three receptions for 10 yards, catching four pbades for 57 yards. Cordarrelle Patterson had 97 receiving yards for her second most productive game. The 59-yard Patterson trap gave a 9-yard touchdown pbad to Johnny Holton.

"Those are some big shoes to fill," Holton said. "Those guys are very good receivers, we wanted to win the game, those guys were not here, so we had to step up."


Smith called his former trainer Rex Ryan "cowardly" after Ryan, now an ESPN badyst, criticized the decision to go with Smith during a pregame show.

"I love Geno Smith, great, I just do not want him playing quarterback for me," Ryan said.

Smith He played for two seasons under Ryan with the New York Jets.

"I saw one of my former coaches say he would not want me to be his field marshal, that really bothered me," Smith said. "A guy who saved his job in 2013. We fought for him in both years, for him to come out and say that shows him what a coward he is."


The Raiders defense was much more opportunistic for the second week in a row after firing defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and replacing him as a calling player with John Pagano. After generating just six points for the first 10 games, including two on special teams, Oakland has three in the last two weeks, including a pair of catches by Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack that took away the Giants' goal opportunities. The Raiders also have eight sacks in the last two games after registering only four in the four previous contests.


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