Fighter Jets Should Be No Match For The Oakland Raider Defense.
Terrell White – Sep 16, 2017
Holla At Me Raider Nation!
Last Sunday the Silver & Black, for the third year in a row faced off against the Tennessee Titans. I was looking forward to this contest for a couple of reasons; A: It was the first game of the season (which of course means that Raider Football is back baby!!). B: The talking heads have been expecting some big things out of the Titans, so I wanted to see us shrink them back down to normal size, week one, in their house!
Everyone inside Raider Nation is looking for this team to make a major push to be in the Super Bowl this season. If ( the biggest two letter word in the dictionary ) the Raiders are going to make a legitimate run at being Super Bowl Champions the Oakland defense is going to need to be on point. There is still work that needs to be done, but last week in Nissan Stadium the Oakland defense did help to get the season started off on a good note. Just Win Baby!!
Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota is a rising star in the league; However, the Raider defense managed to keep him ,and the situation under control ( for the most part ) the entire game. The Titan signal caller went a respectable ( but contained ) 25 of 41 for 256 passing, 3 carries for 26 yards, and rushed for a score in Sunday's contest.
Furthermore, the Raider defense ( for the most part ) was able to contain the Titans offense as a whole; Bending, but not breaking the unit did relinquished 350 total yards, but only 16 points in the contest. The Good: Throughout the game the Raider defense kept coming up with key stops on 3rd downs, that forced the Titans offense to settle for field goal attempts. One player that stands out in my mind is emerging star safety Karl Joseph. In the contest on Sunday not only did he have 9 tackles, you had to love that touchdown saving pass break up!
However, there are still areas in which the defensive unit needs to improve; The Bad: The teams zone coverage is one of these such areas. On Sunday Mariota was able to exploit this aspect of the Raider defense. Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews had 5 receptions for 71 yards; Moreover, the Raiders are still struggling with their coverage of the tight end. Delanie Walker would catch 7 passes for 76 yards; While his partner in crime rookie Corey Davis had 6 receptions for 69 yards.
Ending on a more positive note, despite some deficiencies the defensive secondary ( a unit that has been under scrutiny from fans, and commentators alike ) did play decently ( for the most part ) and managed to tally 5 pass breakups. This Sunday ( if it should, and I believe it will happen ) first round pick defense back Gareon Conley should make his NFL debut, things will be much more interest in the secondary this week.
Speaking of this week, I will be looking for the Raider pass rush to make its presence felt. Last Sunday in the Jets loss to the Bills, to say that the New York offensive line struggled, would be giving them a compliment. Against the Silver & Black I wouldn't be surprised if the Jets offensive line crashed, and burned!! Raider star Khalil Mack was active last Sunday in the Oakland run defense, but not as much against the pass.
Last week the Titans two headed ground grinder DeMarco Murray & Derrick Henry were held to just 69 yards on 18 carries. This week we should look for K. Mack to be a more disruptive force against the Jets passing game, then he was against the Titans. Moreover, I'm looking for his partner in crime, Brue Irvin to be hyper active; After all, last weekend against the Titans I can't honestly remember hearing his name called. This week, with it being the home opener, coupled with his performance last week, he (we hope) will rectify that situation in a major way.
With this being week two, and the Oakland Raider season home opener, I'm hesitant to call this a trap game. However, we are playing the downed Jets, and I could see how we might be napping on this team. The Jets starting quarterback is Josh McCown; Do I really need to say anymore than that? I'm sorry, but I just can't picture the Raider defense being abused on Sunday by Josh McCown.
Along with the Oakland adding defense back Gareon Conley to the mix, I could also see the team making a move at line backer. Last Sunday, for most of his completions Titans quarterback M. Mariota worked over the middle of the Raider zone. In looking back on the game you find Raider defender (line backer) Tyrell Adams out of position on a few plays. We might see some of what we saw preseason, with the Raiders giving undrafted rookie Nicholas Morrow a shot in prime time.
Keep Ya Eye On.
I personally have always loved Raider field goal kicker Sebastian Janikowski. The balls Al (the legend) Davis showed in drafting "Sea-Bass" with a first round pick - may never be seen again!! Moreover, when it's all said and done the Raiders should have a Punter (Ray Guy) and a Kicker (Sebastian Janikowski) in the NFL Hall Of Fame!!! However, that is in the some what distant future. As far as the present is concerned, we're all going to have to keep our eye on last weeks M.V.P. kicker Giorgio Taveechio. In the opening day road win the Raider kicker went 4 for 4 on his field goal attempts; kicking not just one from 50+ but two!! I Don't know about you, but I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what he and the Raider defense has in store for us this week against the Jets.
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