- September 29, 2021
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Las Vegas Raiders running back Peyton Barber dives into the end zone during an NFL game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.AP Photo/Rick Scuteri
Released by the Washington Football Team at the end of the preseason and re-signed for its practice squad earlier this month, former Auburn running back Peyton Barber had the biggest game of his six seasons in the NFL on Sunday.
Barber ran for 111 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries and caught three passes for 31 yards in the Las Vegas Raiders’ 31-28 overtime victory against the Miami Dolphins.
Barber joined Las Vegas from the Washington Football Team’s practice squad on Sept. 6 and was playing because Pro Bowl running back Josh Jacobs was sidelined by an ankle injury.
Barber scored on a 1-yard plunge with 13:47 left in the fourth quarter as the Raiders took an 11-point lead.
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In overtime, Barber broke a 27-yard run to the Miami 19-yard line, followed by three consecutive runs for 13 yards to set up the winning field goal.
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“I think he did more than just run it,” Las Vegas coach Jon Gruden said. “We went to him as our third-down back. We had a need there to get his hands on the ball at the end of the game. He caught the pass out of the backfield, he picked up some blitzes, he was helpful in protection, he didn’t blow any assignments, he ran hard, and when you need him, he doesn’t say anything. He doesn’t even smile. I don’t know how he’s feeling. I don’t hardly know this guy, but I gave him a big hug and a game ball, I’ll tell you that.”
Las Vegas overcame a 14-0 first-quarter deficit on its way to a 3-0 record. The Raiders hadn’t won their first three games since 2002, and they reached the Super Bowl that season.
Barber recorded the third 100-yard rushing game of his career. The previous two came with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for whom Barber made 26 consecutive starts in 2017, 2018 and 2019. But he hadn’t reached 60 rushing yards in a game in his past 31 outings.
On Sunday, Barber tied his career high with 23 rushing attempts, accomplished twice previously, and reached a career high with 111 rushing yards. On Dec. 3, 2017, Barber ran for 102 yards on 23 carries in Tampa Bay’s 26-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers. On Nov. 18, 2018, Barber ran for 106 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in the Bucs’ 38-35 loss to the New York Giants.
“It’s been a crazy roller coaster,” Barber said. “I wasn’t sure where I was going to be at after Washington cut me, and then two days later signing here, just seeing how the coaches believe in me.”
Barber was among the 21 former Auburn players who got on the field on the third Sunday of the NFL’s 102nd season.
Three other former Auburn players were at the Miami-Las Vegas game:
· Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson made a 22-yard field goal on the final snap of the game to provide the winning margin. Carlson also made a 38-yard field goal with 6:27 left in overtime, but the Dolphins’ Jason Sanders matched that with a 50-yarder with 2:49 to go in the extra period. Carlson also made a 50-yard field goal with 11:36 left in the first half. While Carlson extended his streak of successful field-goal attempts to 29 in the game, he missed an extra point after a touchdown with 13:47 to play, leaving the Las Vegas lead at 11 points. After a field goal and a touchdown, Miami went for 2 with two seconds left in the fourth quarter and succeeded in sending the game into overtime. Carlson made his other two PATs.
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· Dolphins defensive back Javaris Davis is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
· Dolphins cornerback Noah Igbinoghene (Hewitt-Trussville) made a special-teams tackle.
In the other Sunday games:
Buffalo Bills 43, Washington Football Team 21
· Washington defensive tackle Gabe Wright is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
Cleveland Browns 26, Chicago Bears 6
· Bears defensive lineman Angelo Blackson made five tackles, shared a sack and registered a quarterback hit. Blackson tied his career high for tackles in game. He also had five against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 15, 2020, while playing for the Arizona Cardinals.
· Browns wide receiver Anthony Schwartz played but did not record any stats.
Baltimore Ravens 19, Detroit Lions 17
· Ravens linebacker Josh Bynes made four tackles. Bynes was elevated from the practice squad for the game and made his 2021 season debut. He became the 25th Auburn alumnus to appear in 11 NFL seasons.
Arizona Cardinals 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 19
· Jaguars safety Rudy Ford (New Hope) made three tackles and downed a punt at the Arizona 1-yard line.
· Jaguars safety Daniel Thomas (Lee-Montgomery) played but did not record any stats.
Los Angeles Chargers 30, Kansas City Chiefs 24
· Chiefs offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho (Edgewood Academy) is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
New Orleans Saints 28, New England Patriots 13
· Saints defensive tackle Montravius Adams made one tackle against New England, which had released him on Aug. 31.
· Patriots defensive tackle Byron Cowart is on the physically-unable-to-perform list and not eligible to play.
· Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones made three tackles.
· Patriots linebacker Brandon King (Thompson) played but did not record any stats.
· Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham is on the physically-unable-to-perform list and not eligible to play.
Atlanta Falcons 17, New York Giants 14
· Falcons defensive tackle Marlon Davidson (Greenville) made three tackles. Davidson sustained an ankle injury during the game.
· Falcons long snapper Josh Harris handled the snaps on six punts, two extra points and one field goal.
· Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton caught an 8-yard pass. Slayton left the game in the first half because of a hamstring injury and did not return.
Cincinnati Bengals 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 10
· C.J. Uzomah started at tight end for the Bengals.
Tennessee Titans 25, Indianapolis Colts 16
· Colts offensive tackle Braden Smith was designated as a game-day inactive. Smith has missed back-to-back games because of foot and thumb injuries.
Denver Broncos 26, New York Jets 0
· Jets defensive end Carl Lawson is on injured reserve.
· Jets linebacker Jamien Sherwood made two tackles. The rookie returned after missing last week’s game because of an ankle injury.
· Broncos wide receiver Seth Williams (Paul Bryant) is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
Los Angeles Rams 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24
· Buccaneers linebacker K.J. Britt (Oxford) played but did not record any stats.
· Carlton Davis started at cornerback for the Buccaneers. Davis made three tackles.
· Jamel Dean started at cornerback for the Buccaneers. Dean sustained a knee injury in the first half and did not return to the game.
Green Bay Packers 30, San Francisco 49ers 28
· Forty-Niners defensive end Dee Ford (St. Clair County) played but did not record any stats.
· Forty-Niners running back Kerryon Johnson (Madison Academy) played but did not record any stats. Johnson was elevated from the practice squad to play for the first time this season and for the first time for the 49ers.
Week 3 kicked off with the Carolina Panthers beating the Houston Texans 24-9 on Thursday night.
Week 3 concludes with the Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys game at 7:15 p.m. CDT Monday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. ESPN and ESPN2 will televise the game.
Jacksonville Jaguars safeties Daniel Thomas (20) and Rudy Ford (5) try to recover a fumble during an NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.
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