Raiders Facing Must Win Sunday Night Against Miami.
Terrell White – Nov 4, 2017
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Last weekend the Raiders did the one thing that we needed them NOT to do; They lost to the Bills in Buffalo. So much for that so called momentum they gained the weekend before in beating Kansas City. Now, we're right back where we started from. Furthermore, just when you thought things couldn't possibly get any worse, they could; With next weeks opponent being the hated New England Patriots, the last thing this squad needs is to be heading into that contest riding a two game losing streak.
Raiders On O.
I've asked this before, and I will ask it again; Does anybody know what the hell is wrong with Derek Carr? Even before his injury in week three the Raider signal caller was just not quite right. That being said the last thing this offense needs is more of back up (for now) quarterback E.J. Manuel. Personally speaking, I would much rather see Connor Cook get the job. However, that's neither here, nor there. All we can hope for right now is that Carr gets his game tight.
Once again pressure will be on the Oakland offensive line. I don't know what to expect this weekend from the Raider signal caller; I do know however, that along with propelling the ground game (57 yards last weekend), this unit is going to need to provide protection, and time for Carr to (hopefully) connect down field, and make big plays. As I said before, the last thing this offense needs is more of back up quarterback E.J. Manuel. In harmony with that, the last thing Derek Carr needs is to find himself in the arms of Ndamukong Suh.
Raiders On D.
As we all are aware of, the Dolphins have traded away running back Jay Ajayi (whom we will still end up seeing later this season when we play the Eagles), That means when Miami runs the ball they will be handing it to second year player Kenyan Drake. From what I understand Drake is a pretty versatile player. During his time at Alabama he was used in the passing, as well as the running game. With this being his prime time moment, the last thing we need is for him to have a breakout game, and end up with over 100 yards in total production.
The Raider defense can't afford to let the Miami ground game get on track because they already have a dangerous passing attack. I'm not a supporter of Jay Cutler; Never the less, he's got some pretty solid targets to get the ball to. As I have been made painfully aware of, the Oakland secondary is still without an interception. This might be (we hope) the week that this unit finally breaks thru. Without question they will have their opportunities because both Miami wide outs DeVante Parker and Jarvis Landry will be looking to not only be productive, but make big plays.
As far as I'm concerned right now the Raiders need to forget about the playoffs; Don't make me go all Jim Mora on you! Right now, other then the next game I'm looking to see if this squad can have another winning season. We've got rematch games against everyone in the division; We lost all three initial matchups in case anyone forgot. Not only do we have to fight the division, we've got games agasint the Patriots, Eagles, and Cowboys. Needless to say, the end of this season is going to be a street fight. Let's hope the squad is ready to use Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins as sparring partners.
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