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Erik Harris sealed the deal for a Raiders victory. Fans had a lot to say about it

Raiders safety Erik Harris gets a pick-6 late in the fourth quarter, helping Oakland to a 31-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019.
Raiders safety Erik Harris gets a pick-6 late in the fourth quarter, helping Oakland to a 31-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders safety Erik Harris had three interceptions during his NFL career, but never a pick-6.

That changed Sunday and it came in a big spot.

Harris picked off Jacoby Brissett and took it 30 yards for a touchdown that sealed the Raiders’ 31-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I mean he made a good play,” Brissett said. “It was a dumb decision on my part, uncharacteristic on my part, but he made a great play. And then I saw him run in.”

Harris was inserted in the lineup over Curtis Riley (Fresno State), and it paid off for the Raiders, who needed a victory ahead of a month-long road trip.

He finished with seven tackles, including his fourth career interception that occurred with 2:09 remaining in the fourth quarter that gave the Raiders a 31-17 lead.

“We needed that and it couldn’t happen to a better guy,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “This guy has paid a lot of dues in this league ... and great play for the Raiders. I’m as proud of this win as I’ve ever had before.”

Before joining the Raiders in 2017, Harris played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 2013-15 before joining the New Orleans Saints in 2016.

Jacobs, Waller, Williams set marks

Raiders tight end Darren Waller tied Antonio Gates (33 in 2007) for the most receptions by a tight end in his team’s first four games of a season in NFL history.

Waller had most of his seven receptions Sunday in the first half. He finished with a team-high 53 receiving yards.

Wide receiver Tyrell Williams had three receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. He became the second Raider to score in each of the first four games, joining Mervyn Fernandez (1989).

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs set the Raiders record for the most rushing yards (307) by a player in his first four career games, passing Darren McFadden’s 272 yards posted in 2008. Jacobs had 17 carries for 79 yards, including runs of 7 and 5 yards to clinch the win for the Raiders.

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.
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