Sunday, November 29, 2015

Time to Break the Streak

Great win in Tennessee; truth be told, that's a game that a good team should win.

Derek Carr had a stellar performance (24/37, 330 yards, 3 TDs, no INTs), along with Seth Roberts (6 receptions, 113 yards, 2 TDs), the 6'2" rookie wide-out from West Alabama.

Seriously, if Roberts keeps up this pace, the Raiders would have a lethal trio at the wide receiver position. The way Carr played on Sunday against the Titans, he will have no problem distributing the rock to all three.

Next Sunday, 1:05PM PST, home game against the arch rival Chiefs is a must win. A victory will solidify our position as a definitive wild card contender. The Chiefs have been balling of late, riding a 5-game winning streak. It's time to break the streak.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Don't Question My Loyalty

Why do some Raider fans question Raider loyalty when Carr's inability to produce in the RedZone is questioned? His 40% rating in the RedZone (the 2nd worst in the NFL, behind only Johnny Manziel) speaks for itself.

As a die-hard Raider's fan for over 40 years, I simply want to win.

Other positions aren't producing as well, but the QB is the team leader and if he's good, makes everyone, specifically on the offense, BETTER... and so far, Carr has not proven that he can do that..

I want the Raiders to win, but the jury is still out on Derek Carr. My only problem with pseudo Raider fans and some misinformed media, is that you have crowned D. Carr, the next Dan Marino or Phillip Rivers (who is a perennial loser by the way, regardless of his stats) and Carr has not even been in the league long enough, and certainly not WON enough to be given such a pass.Last week there were comparisons between Carr and Bridgewater because both are 2nd year starting QB's.

Carr's stats are better than Teddy B's, however, Bridgewater won more games last year, after not starting the season as the Vikings starting QB (and without the services of Adrian Peterson), and he has his team at 7-3 this season, tied for first in the NFC North. Stats mean nothing if you're not winning.

The proof is in the pudding .. JUST WIN BABY .. and at this point, Derek Carr cannot be labeled a WINNER.

You give the QB most of the accolades when his team WINS, therefore, he must take the lion's share of the blame when his team LOSES... plain and simple..

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Win in Pittsburgh = RESPECT

The Silver and Black travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday, to take on the Steelers at Heinz Field, 1:00pm EST.

QB Ben Roethlisberger will be playing in his second game back from injury and doing his best to improve their 4-4 record in the AFC North. For all intents and purposes, this game has major playoff implications.

The Raiders are 4-3, second place in the AFC West. The Broncos are undefeated at 7-0 as well are the Cincinnati Bengals who are 7-0 atop the AFC North. Unless the Broncos or Bengals hit a lull (and it's quite possible, but both the Raiders and Steelers would need to keep winning), my Raiders and the Steelers are competing for wild card spots.

In the AFC East, New England is 7-0 and unless Brady falls off the face of the earth, they will win their division. The second place team in the East are the Jets, who the Silver and Black HANDLED last week; this gives the Raiders a leg up on the Jets and the same will apply if we walk away victorious in Pittsburgh.

The AFC South - Indy Colts, Texans, Jaguars, and Titans - is so pathetic, no team should be allowed to represent this division in the NFL Playoffs, but, unfortunately, each division must have a winner.

Basically, the Oakland Raiders, at the midway point of the season, have their fate squarely in their hands. If we continue to play sound, mistake-free football (as we have in the past two weeks), we are playoff bound.

The Raiders improvement starts with Derrick Carr's play and the protection he's getting from the O-line. The football analytics website, "Pro Football Focus," grades the Raiders offensive line as the best in the NFL at pass protection, allowing pressured dropbacks about 17 percent of the time.

Raiders Offensive Lineman:

LT (72) Donald Penn, LG (66) Gabe Jackson, C (61) Rodney Hudson, RG (76) J'Marcus Webb, RT (77) Austin Howard. O-Line Coach, Mike Tice.

TE Clive Walford started the season as third on the depth chart. He's now showing improvement to the point that he could very well take over the number one spot, if his blocking skills are adequate.

Also, Taiwan Jones (converted back to RB after playing last season in the defensive backfield, which was a joke and one of a few reasons why Dennis Allen is history) is showing his previous form; nice moves and breakaway speed, as he showed last week against the Jets.

I'd still like to see Marcel Reece utilized a bit more, primarily because most teams can't match-up to him out of the backfield. Most linebackers have a difficult time covering Marcel. However, if Taiwan and Clive continue their improved play, there won't be enough snaps for Reece (which, to his misfortune, is actually a good problem for the team to have).

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Silver and Black are Back

It's the 3rd quarter, 3:01 remaining, the score is 31-13 Raiders. Too bad for Fitzpatrick, he should not have been trying to run. However, Geno Smith hasn't played that bad. Be that as it may, let's keep the pressure on, keep moving the rock.

The Silver and Black have scored, so far, on 5 of 6 possessions, not counting the kneel-down before halftime. Marquette King still has not punted. To this point, the Raider possessions have been:

Start: Own 22, 10 Plays, 78 Yards, TD
Start: Own 24, 10 Plays, 76 Yards, TD
Start: Own 22, 05 Plays, 78 Yards, TD
Start: Own 35, 07 Plays, 31 Yards, Missed FG
Start: Own 13, 01 Plays, 01 Yards, Halftime
Start: Own 07, 06 Plays, 93 Yards, TD

I was wrong about Carr. He's a baller!
Carr spreads the ball around quite well as he continues his outstanding second season. He's making the smart plays as well, not forcing anything, throwing the ball away when nothing is there (333 yards passing, 4 TDs). The running game is solid, we're eliminating the silly mistakes, and at least in the first half, the defense is playing lights out. 

We didn't get our first offensive penalty until the start of the 4th quarter, and just to show you how disastrous mistakes are, Hudson's "hands-to-the-face" penalty, killed a potential TD drive, but we still got the 3 points - 47-yarder from Janokowski.

David Amerson (#29 CB, Age: 23, from N. C. State), where did he come from? Good clean shot on Geno Smith. Second penalty on defense for "hands-to-the-face," which is such an unnecessary penalty.

Another Jet QB down, Ray-Ray Armstrong POPS Geno, and he's down for the count. Silver and Black, the QB-killers!

Final Score: Raiders 34, Jets 20

Charles Woodson Wines