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Oakland Raiders Chance of Redemption

Oakland Raiders Chance of Redemption

It is no secret that my beloved Oakland Raiders have underachieved this season.  A quick look at the win-loss column can show this.

There plenty of things one can look to and say “Oh this is why!”  Examples are numerous.  Sebastian Janikowski’s timing issues, injuries, combined with Marquette King’s struggles at holding have made the Polish Cannon about as accurate as a Scud missile.  I don’t think we have ever had our projected starting offense on the field.  We had to switch quarterback’s at the start of the season.  Matt Flynn’s less than enthusiastic attitude and outing against the Washington Redskins, had him seeking a new job, and left us with an undrafted rookie free agent as 2nd string, then 1st string quarterback.

Get the picture?

We can’t even manage a .500 season if we somehow manage to win out the season.  But we can redeem ourselves.

How?

Start off with beating the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend.  Yeah, they had a heck of a win streak going.  The last of the unbeatens until, well, they got beaten.  This means they can lose.  In fact, up until the 4th quarter  back in week 6, we were in the game.

That had a lot to do with  Terrelle Pryor having one of the worst games he played in.  His timing was off, he threw 3 interceptions, including one for a touchdown, and he had only one touchdown pass.  Did I mention that all 3 of those interceptions were in the second half, 2 of them in the 4th quarter?  Should I bring up the 10 sacks?  Naw, I think you  are getting it.

But I don’t expect  that type of melt down from Matt Moxie, aka Matt McGloin.  Odds are that  the KC defense will attempt to apply pressure, but this kid is cool in the pocket,  and gets rid of the ball quick.  I am hoping for  short drops, quick slants, screens,  with the occasional deeper pass thrown in to  keep the defensive backs honest.

McGloin  is developing a nice chemistry with  Andre Holmes, Rod Streater,  and Mychel Rivera.  Plus we have  Denarius Moore looking like he may be healthy  enough to play this game.  He had 82 yards on 5 receptions against the Chiefs earlier this year.  He has the most touchdowns receptions for the team, also.  Makes me almost forget that  he has dropped so many balls.  But with Holmes. Streater, and Moore, that could be problematic for the Chiefs defense.

Our running game should include Rashad Jennings, who already has 2 games with over 100 yards. It could be a rather heavy 1-2 punch if we keep using Marcel Reece, who also has a 100 yard rushing game under his belt.   With both of them on the field, it could help confound the defense using a split back, or I  formation with  Reece behind  Jennings.

What I am saying is I think our offense can put up  more than the 7 points they  put up  at Arrowhead Stadium.

We also need that same defense we had that game to show up.  We forced them to punt 8 times. They were only 4-14 on 3rd down conversions.  WE stopped them from scoring TDs twice in the red zone.  They  dropped the rock 3 times.  If we can get force that  again, that  would be good, too.

We need the defensive line to  show up and get pressure on Alex Smith. We got to him 3 times last  game, and it did rattle him. He had only 128 net yards.  We missed on 17 of his 31 pass attempts.  Nick Roach, Vance Walker , and Sio Moore were the players  that  got to Smith.  Hopefully they can do the same this time around.

We did pretty decently stopping Jamaal Charles’  running game,  but he averaged 10 yards a reception.  We have to keep him covered.  Dwayne Bowe isn’t a chump when it comes to receiving, either.   We did keep the offense pretty  much in check, though,  so  the defense needs to be just as successful as they  were back then.

We also have to  avoid the mental mistakes and breakdowns we have seen on special teams.  Jamize Olawale can’t allow anyone to come in up the gut at Marquette King again.  We have to make sure that  Dexter McCluster doesn’t have a field day  returning punts, and if we stay in our lanes,  we will keep  Quentin Demps in the end zone with touchbacks after all our scoring.

Basically  we just have to execute against this team in all phases of the game.  We have a chance to redeem ourselves, beating a winning team, in our home, where we are under dogs  and not expected to win.  We  can prove we are competitive team that  CAN finish a game. One that  CAN play  all 4 quarters.

A little help  from the fans would be good, here.   Make noise when KC is on offense.  Not just the 3rd downs, every  down, especially if they  are going no huddle. When our offense is on the field quiet down.  Pretend you’re in a library.

It’s a chance for the Raiders fans to show they  know how to act at a football game ,too.  One of the last chances we have to  support our team, to  help them get a win, to build their confidence.

Redemption time.

So are all y’all with me?

As ever,

Win, lose, or tie, RAIDERS til I DIE!

BlitzChick

It is no secret that my beloved Oakland Raiders have underachieved this season.  A quick look at the win-loss column can show this. There plenty of things one can look to and say “Oh this is why!”  Examples are numerous.  Sebastian Janikowski’s timing issues, injuries, combined with Marquette King’s struggles at holding have made the …

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I have watched football for 47 yrs, and have been a Raiders fan for 46 of them. I have a full time job, but football has been my passion for years. I started writing back in '96, for one site, and I link everything I write at the officially recognized booster club I helped form, www.fansinblack.com. Like Al Davis, over looking all gender/race issues, I was the first club president. I am luck enough to have a full sideline photography pass, and am proprietor of BC Photography.

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