Sunday, September 11, 2016

On Postgame Take

Wow, they PROVED IT! Great start to the season. 

The defense sure looked familiar, but that's a game the old Raiders lose. Not today, however, because the new Raiders showed poise, perseverance and guts, right down to JDR's insane 2-point call. 

Derek Carr looked absolutely incredible, Cooper and Crabtree were money. Loved Carr taking control of the sideline at the end, pacing the ranks and making sure there were no more stupid penalties to give the Saints any free yardage on the last drive. Leadership is finally, finally, here after countless milquetoast quarterbacks over the past dozen years.

What a win! 


Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

That was a heart racer! It was ours to lose. A couple horrible PI calls on Hayden, but the Raiders persevere and win. Like you said Take, in the past, they lose; but they showed character today. Who dat gonna' beat those Saints? THE RAIDERS! JUST WIN, BABY!

2:28 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Some chances are worth taking, but damn! JDR put the old adage to work: "Play to tie at home and win on the road." Raiders showed resiliency today that we've not seen in a long time. Carr was a man on a mission. Crabtree and Cooper were, indeed, money! Richard's TD run was awesome. I like him and Washington as the interchangeable #2s to Murray. These guys are going to make some noise this year.

Great win, and great start to the season!

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


In a game where so much went right, and wrong for both teams, my main take away was JDR going for 2 against,, wait for it,,,A Dennis Allen led defense. Dennis Allen was on the losing end to the same team who he so uninspiringly "led." How sweet it is to have Jack Del Rio leading the Raiders.

3:01 PM  
Blogger TheFreakingPope said...

I was so impressed with how Carr lead that final drive; his emotions under control. The rest of the team drew strength from his confidence. What a day!

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Raider00 said...

Great win to start season. Gutsy call by JDR, and clutch plays by Carr, Crabtree, and Sebass. Just keep winning!!!

9:14 AM  
Blogger OakTownBlues said...

3 yrs ago I said 2016. Some guys who aren't here anymore had some choice, unintelligent words for me. It's early, but Del Rio is no chump. Nice win. 8 or 9 more will be nicer. Go Oak.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

I'm glad we gave it to DA. I just wish our defense played more stoutly. Looked good at the beginning, but never really pressured Brees, and didn't do a whole lot of blitzes to help create pressure.

I thought both PI's on Hayden were bunk. He had his eyes on the ball the whole time, didn't grab or push, but front blocked the WR. Perfect coverage on his part, bad call by the refs. The worst stat is not Brees #s, but the penalties. 14 for 141 yards against the Raiders to 7 for 53 against the Saints. Home team leg-hump right there is what that was.

That said, it was a terrific game and most importantly a game that was won. Let's keep our eyes on the Falcons next, and improve on our mistakes. JUST WIN, BABY!

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Regarding, your points about the defense, what are you more concerned about the pass rush or the coverage? Or do you think this game was not a true barometer of the pass D and it was just what happens when you face a hall of fame qb at home?

Personally I think pass rush or lack thereof was the issue.


3:37 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I think the Raiders were reluctant to blitz because of the spread offense and Brees's ability to get rid of the ball and avoid pressure.

Sean Smith was benched for ineffectiveness. That's probably an understatement considering the frequency he was torched. Hayden got hosed on one PI was clearly guilty on another big call.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

I thought there would be more pressure and blitzes, especially with Irvin on the outside. Mack was double-teamed the entire game because the Raiders wouldn't blitz the LB or Safeties. The run defense wasn't that stellar either. There was no push on the D-line. Jelly, Dan Williams, and Denico Autry have to get more push. If Jihad Ward is not going to be effective, move Irvin to DE, and put Calhoun in his spot. Not having Edwards or Aldon Smith hurts as well. No one can push on the D-Line, so they double Mack = no defensive pressure for the pass or the run.

Maybe the play of our CBs are the reason why they didn't blitz. They couldn't cover a bed. Hayden and Smith were both getting torched. Smith couldn't be more aggressive than he was because of all the flags the refs were throwing. He got hosed. Nonetheless, I expect a better defense this weekend vs the Falcons.

On a different note, I thought we were in trouble when Watson and McCants went down. They moved Osemele to LT, Penn to RT, and Feliciano to LG. Penn did a stellar job at RT, especially since he has never played RT, EVER! Our run blocking showed great push and verocity. Osemele and Hudson are beasts! I hope that Watson isn't seriously injured. If so, we may be on the phones for a RT. JUST WIN, BABY!

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Steve in NY said...

What a win! On D if the Raiders want to get there with 4 (and they do), the absence of Mario is huge. I'm sure they didn't take the decision to put him on the shelf for half the year lightly because he is a difference maker.

Now let's roll Atlanta and Tennessee like we're supposed to!

5:54 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

During the Giants D heyday, they mostly pressured QBs with their base four. Even with Edwards healthy, the Raiders don't have that level of talent. For them to be successful, they will need to be more creative in getting QB pressure.

That aside, Brees is one of those QBs that can identify and counter a blitz masterfully. But I agree with what Nate said above; the Raiders need to figure out a way to free up Mack.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Great start to the season whereby by going for 2, the team put all the chips into the center of the table and affirmed "we are playing to win". Bravo Big Balls JDR and DC. Excited about the possibilities of this season and beyond. CJ

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

I told my son that even if the Raiders lost that game, it was nothing to be ashamed of because of the BBB call to go for to. CJ is right, they proved they are playing to win.
With that said, if the Raiders make the playoffs this year, does Oakland/Alameda change their tune and start working a stadium deal, or is it too late?

8:26 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

IMO, Oakland is biased against the Raiders, presumably due to past debts. They don't possess objectivity when it comes to measuring what the Raiders bring to the community in terms of business and good will.

So, it's not too late; more like too little.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

94 players have been submitted for the Hall of Fame. Out of those 94, here is who I would pick:
Steve McNair
Eddie George
Hines Ward
Steve Atwater
Rodney Harrison
Tom Flores

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys per preseason I told you Heeney is heinous. The d-line looks up and down until Edwards comes back and with the way the dbs performed its a little scary. The fact McGill is starting at ss is surprising.


4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry here is the link I meant to attach. Sandy

4:18 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

The D definitely experiencing some growing pains. The most alarming thing for me was watching how badly Sean Smith was beaten down the sideline. That play is a blueprint for the entire league. With or without deep safety help, Smith should expect to see more of that.

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