McKinney Has 2 Picks, Giants Edge Raiders 23-16 – NBC New York

After testing optimistic for COVID-19 on Wednesday, security Xavier McKinney spent many of the week not realizing whether or not he was he was going to play for the New York Giants towards the Las Vegas Raiders.

McKinney is just not vaccinated and optimistic take a look at would have put him within the Aaron Rodgers class and sidelined him for some time. Thank goodness for false positives.

McKinney returned an interception 41 yards for a landing early within the second half and picked off one other errant throw by Derek Carr late because the added to the Raiders’ post-bye woes with a 23-16 victory over Las Vegas on Sunday.

“I just tried to stay locked-in,” mentioned McKinney, who was in a position to attend crew conferences just about and was cleared to play on Friday. “Earlier in the week I didn’t know if I was going to play so I just stayed locked in and focused.”

McKinney refused to say why he is not going to get vaccinated.

Daniel Jones threw a 30-yard landing go to Evan Engram and Graham Gano added three subject targets — the final after McKinney’s second decide — for New York (3-6). Filling in for the injured Saquon Barkley, former Raider Devontae Booker ran for 99 yards earlier than leaving late with a hip harm.

Carr threw a 2-yard landing go to Hunter Renfrow for the Raiders (5-3), who’re an NFL-worst 3-16 after every week off during the last 19 years. The normally correct quarterback additionally missed a wide-open Darren Waller for an additional rating simply earlier than halftime because the Raiders settled for 3 brief subject targets by Daniel Carlson, who additionally missed a 25-yarder within the second half.

Carr drove Las Vegas to the Giants 13 within the closing minutes. On second-and-10, he was strip-sacked by Quincy Roche and Leonard Williams recovered the free ball to ice the sport.

“I had a feeling they were going to step up,” Engram mentioned. “The defense has been playing lights out the past three weeks.”

The loss was additionally the primary for interim coach Wealthy Bisaccia, who final month changed Jon Gruden, who resigned after it was revealed that he wrote homophobic and misogynistic emails between 2011 and 2018.

“We moved the heck out of the ball,” mentioned Carr, who was 30 of 46 for 296 yards. “We had things that we wanted. We can’t turn the ball over. I can’t throw interceptions. The strip at the end, I didn’t see the guy. I was throwing the ball to the end zone. We can’t turn the ball over.”

The sport was the primary for Las Vegas since receiver Henry Ruggs III slammed his automotive into one other automobile early Tuesday morning, creating an inferno that killed a girl and her canine. The 22-year-old participant was launched by the crew hours later.

Prosecutors say Ruggs was driving at 156 mph and had a blood-alcohol content material twice Nevada’s authorized restrict. He faces felony prices that carry a possible decades-long jail sentence.

McKinney’s go-ahead rating got here on the third play of the second half with the Raiders going through a third-and-7 at their very own 35. Renfrow ran an out sample in entrance of the Las Vegas bench and McKinney undercut the route, caught the ball because the receiver fell and had a transparent subject to the tip zone.

“I felt Renfrow go out and I was just all eyes on the quarterback all the time,” McKinney mentioned. “I just trusted my instincts.”

The Raiders took a 13-10 halftime lead in a recreation wherein every crew scored a landing on its opening possession. Jones hit Engram to cap a seven-play, 75 yard drive to start out the sport and Carr and Renfrowcombined from 2 yards out to cap a 73-yard Raiders march.

Carlson of Las Vegas sandwiched subject targets of 25 and 32 yards round a 35-yarder by Gano for the opposite scoring. The 32-yard subject aim got here one play after Carr missed Waller alone behind the tip zone.

NOTES: Las Vegas DE Yannick Ngakoue had two sacks, his third a number of effort previously 4 video games. … Waller returned from an ankle harm and had seven catches for 92 yards. Renfrow additionally had seven catches for 49. … Jones completed 15 of 20 for 110 yards. … New York completed with 245 complete yards. … Josh Jacobs led the Raiders in dashing with 76 yards on 13 carries. …. Giants receiver Kenny Golladay performed for the primary time since hurting a knee on Oct. 10 and had two catches for 28 yards.


Raiders: CB Keisean Nixon, LB Nick Kwiatkoski and DL Darius Philon all left the sport with ankle accidents.

Giants: TE Kaden Smith had a concussion within the first half and didn’t return. Giants operating again coach Burton Burns missed the sport after testing optimistic for COVID-19.


Raiders: Return house to face the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Sunday night time.

Giants: After a bye, journey to Tampa Bay for a Monday night time recreation on Nov. 22.