Sunday, September 17, 2017

Raiders v. Jets Gameday Thread

A home opener against the woeful Jets? The road to a 2-0 record has never been paved so smoothly...

Last Sunday, the Raiders notched a decisive victory. The offense looked locked in, the special teams play was strong, and the defense toughened up and shut the Titans down toward the end.

The only thing to fear right now is the dreaded "playing down to the competition" phenomenon. Just win, baby!


Blogger TheFreakingPope said...

This officiating is unbelievable. Gotta love the special teams putting us back in control!

2:32 PM  
Blogger TheFreakingPope said...

Also, there is something about sharing success with this group that is extra special after the last decade or so.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

TFP, great to hear from you. I agree, we stuck together through the Dark Ages, and now the Enlightenment is upon us. What an offense today!

P.S. I like your Kong avatar.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

What a complete domination by the Raiders! Defense was stellar the second week in a row. Beast Mode with his first TD, Richard and Patterson running long TDs, and King Crab with 2. Keep building on it coach Del Rio, and JUST WIN, BABY!

5:41 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Clearly, the Raiders did not play down to the competition. Dowling kept his foot on the gas, and we did not see the dreaded prevent defense. Couple of the young guys on defense look like they are stepping up.

On a side note, my Raiders-stacked fantasy FB team was unstoppable this week.

4:56 AM  
Blogger TheFreakingPope said...

As a resident of Dallas, I was able to repeat this gem several times today. I haven't seen a beating like Dallas @ Denver since, well, Jets @ Oakland. #raiders

Looking forward to next week. Thanks for keeping the light on, RT!

6:59 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

PFT has Raiders ranked #1 in Power Ratings. That's awfully generous. Titans on the road was impressive, but the Jets at home is a gimme for any decent team.

I prefer being the underdog. Still a loooong ways to go.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

Me too NY. I still stand with Derek Carr in saying the Chiefs are the team to beat in this division; but we cannot overlook Denver either. Denver beat a decent Dallas team on Sunday. My Top 10 power rankings: Chiefs, Falcons, Raiders, Steelers, Ravens, Patriots, Doncos, Lions, Panthers, Seahawks.

Our defense played really well against the Jets (that long TD pass being an exception). Conley played well in his first game too, and had great presence on the outside. I hate to say it, but after a huge first game, I missed Sean Smith this week at CB. I know he's had problems, but I think he's a better defender than TJ Carrie. We have yet to play a team with a strong TE presence in their passing game that Denver and KC have. We have the Redskins next, then the Doncos in Denver. I think the Doncos are going to be our first real test. We will see what kind of defense we have, and what kind of passing game we will have. I hope that is the game that we let Lynch go off on. Remember we beat down the Doncos last year with a stellar running game; which they say was a fluke. I'm not sure about that, but I guess we will see. JUST WIN, BABY!

10:00 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Redskins are no slouch team. They will give the Raiders all they can handle. They have elements of their run and pass offense that will challenge what is still a weak Raiders defense, lacking in pass rush, run defense and coverage. Could be a shootout.

I haven't read news yet this week, but it appeared Lee was replaced in the Jets game by our division III un-drafted LB. The kid looked athletic but as green as it gets. He whiffed badly after getting in the backfield on one play, but came back a defended a pass to the TE.

Conley looked good, and was a noticeable boost to the secondary. His attempt to tip a defended ball to Nelson was impressive. That's a veteran play... and hopefully a sign of things to come.

I guess what I'm saying is I refuse to allow the Jets game get me up too much. The Jets are that bad, and the Redskins will be far more of a test for the Raiders.

One game at a time. That's still the mantra.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My star of the game was Rodney Hudson he was just dominating guys in the run game. Is there a better center in the NFL?


5:08 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

No there isn't a better Center than Hudson. I took the Jets game with a grain of salt, but the defense shut down a good Tennessee Titan offense. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they didn't see Derrick Henry as much, but shut him down when they did. The Raiders D dinged up DeMarco Murray too. They also shut down their TE.
That gave me hope.

11:07 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Raiders back-to-back 10+ pts margin of victory. That's impressive and shows perhaps the defense can be serviceable. Still plenty of holes to fill.

On a side - and somewhat unfortunate - note: Raiders offensive line announces they will kneel for the National Anthem today. This is a real shame. That players might sink so low as to disrespect the flag because of what the President said (who probably shouldn't have said what he said, but there it is).

It's a personal choice to kneel, but one I disagree with, because it disrespects the people who fought so hard to protect our freedoms.

To NFL players: Think, Pat Tillman! That might bring it into perspective.

5:50 AM  
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