DeSean Jackson gets Las Vegas Raiders going with first touchdown in silver and black

  • Covered Oakland Raiders for CSNBayArea.com and Sacramento Bee for eight years
  • Member of Pro Football Writers Association
  • Previously worked at Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sports Illustrated

ARLINGTON, Texas — After so many slow starts in their post-bye three-game losing streak, the Las Vegas Raiders were much faster to get things going against the Dallas Cowboys.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had time to step up in the pocket on a first-and-10 at the Las Vegas 44-yard line and found a streaking DeSean Jackson going right to left across the middle of the field. Jackson beat cornerback Jourdan Lewis and safety Damontae Kazee as he tip-toed and then raced up the left sideline for a 56-yard touchdown on the Raiders’ third play from scrimmage to give them an early 7-0 lead. It was Jackson’s 34th career TD of 50-plus yards (including returns), per ESPN Stats & Information. Only Jerry Rice (36) has more all time.

It was just the second catch Jackson, who turns 35 on Wednesday, has had with the Raiders after signing with Las Vegas on Nov. 8. He had a 38-yard catch against the Kansas City Chiefs in his Raiders debut but lost a fumble on the play. The score was his sixth career touchdown against the Cowboys and fourth at AT&T Stadium.

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