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Oakland Raiders Shuts Down Offensively but Escapes with the Victory

Oakland Raiders Shuts Down Offensively but Escapes with the Victory

The Oakland Raiders defense has been elite in their last 4 games and has only given up 3 points overall…in the first half.  However in the second half of those games the defense has given up an average of 20 points.  Oakland did manage to come out victorious in 2 out of those 4 games due to offensive productivity in the first half but if they intend to make some sort of playoff push, they will have to limit mistakes and prepare better for the second half of these games.

The Raiders have shown moments of greatness during this stretch of play and almost all of it comes in the first half of the game.  Now they have only given up 3 points in the first half of these last 4 games but they have only scored 3 points in the second half of these games leaving the defense to try and hold on to these leads.  In the last 4 games the Raiders offense in the second half has punted the ball 18 times, fumbled twice, thrown 3 interceptions, turned the ball over on downs, missed a field goal, and made a single field goal.  They are lucky to have come away with anything from those games, let alone 2 wins.

Terrelle Pryor has proven in my eyes that he could be the quarterback of the future and maybe with a little help from the upcoming draft class and future trades, could actually be a threat in not only the AFC West but the entire AFC.  But until him and the rest of the offense can keep it together for 60 straight minutes during a single game, the Raiders will have losing seasons every single year.  The National Football League has always been about teams that can close when it matters and it proves time and time again that teams that get tired get their rest early when playoff time comes around.

About Ryan Tharp

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A recent graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and an avid A's, Raiders, and Lakers fan. In May he was able to finally make it out to Oakland to see 3 A's games, and game 6 of the western conference finals.

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