Raiders Hope To Ambush Cowboys Sunday Night In Oakland.
Terrell White – Dec 17, 2017
Holla At Me Raider Nation!
If Oakland has any aspirations left for the 2017 season they quite frankly can't afford to lose this game Sunday night; Or any of the games they have remaining in this season for that matter. I sometimes really hate these primetime games; There is nothing more annoying then knowing your team is losing while the entire country is watching.
Raiders On O.
The truth of the matter is that when it comes to the Raider offense this unit has not being truly prolific since week two. Moreover, I've seen no real indication that even if the Raiders were to some how back door themselves into the playoffs that this unit would be able to perform at a level high enough to propel the squad to a championship. However, this is the NFL and on any given Sunday, strange things can (and do) happen.
What won't be strange is not seeing wide receiver Amari Cooper; After all the Raider receiver has been missing in action for most of this season. After reinjuring his ankle last weekend Cooper has been officially ruled out for this weeks contest; However, with the season that he's been having, does it really even matter that he won't be on the field Sunday night? The offensive player I know will be missed is tight end Clive Walford; Who will also be out of action for quarterback Derek Carr, and the Raider offense.
Speaking of Derek Carr, he's going to need to throw for more than the 211 passing yards he had last weekend in the loss to Kansas City if the Raider are going to avoid a loss at home in prime time. However, while a great deal of blame for the Raider season can be laid at the feet of Derek Carr, he's not alone.
Oakland wide receivers too often this season have been dropping passes, and failing to get open; Last weekends loss to Kansas City was no exception. The Raider receivers: Michael Crabtree, Seth Roberts, and Cordarrelle Patterson are all going to need to step up their game if the Raiders are going to avoid back to back losses.
A bright spot, all be it a small one has to be the play of running back MarShawn Lynch. While the Raiders have not won every game he's been in since his return from suspension, Lynch has managed to score a touchdown in every game. With the Cowboys offense missing their top ground gainer perhaps the best thing the Raider offense can do is rely heavily on theirs?
Raiders On D.
I've said it before, and I will say it again: I'm glad Ken Norton Jr. is no longer on the defensive staff. The next major defensive move that needs to be made is to have current general manager Reggie McKenzie stripped of his defensive drafting duties. McKenzie got things started off on the wrong foot in his very first draft with the D.J. Hayden pick; Our defensive secondary has been in desperate need of guys who can make plays and create turnovers; McKenzie has given us neither.
Moreover, It appears that his poor choices continue today, with the drafting of Gareon Conley, and Obi Melifonwu. The two top Raider defensive draft picks have basically given Raider Nation nothing since donning the Silver & Black. The Raider defense, and (the one pick McKenzie did get right) Khalil Mack in particular have been desperate for some help in the secondary; Help it appears that is no where in sight.
To compound things this weekend veteran defensive back David Amerson will also be out of action for the Raiders on Sunday night. With this being a must win game for the Raiders, and with wide receiver Dez Bryant as well as tight end Jason Witten coming to town it could be a long night for the Raiders secondary in Oakland on Sunday.
The only way our Raiders survive is by finding a way to do these three things; A: Create consistent pressure on quarterback Dax Prescott. The last thing the Oakland (suspect) secondary needs is for Prescott to be allowed to have time in the pocket to look down field for wide out Dez Bryant; Which brings us to B: Find a way to make sure that you don't give up chunks of yardage to wide receiver Dez Bryant.
We all know that Bryant is not having (per say) an outstanding year; However, we also know that the Raider secondary has been scorched by receivers who are no where near as talented as Bryant. Last, but certainly not least C: They must capitalize off of the absence of running back Ezekiel Elliott. Last weekend the Raider defense allowed Kansas City running back Karim Hunt to rush for over 100 yards and score a touchdown.
The Raider run defense can't afford a repeat performance this Sunday night. Oakland will lose this game if they let Dallas running backs Alfred Morris and Rod Smith control the clock while dictating down, and distance. The Raiders are going to need to find a way to impose their will upon the Cowboys Sunday night in Oakland if they're going to have any chance of keeping their every dwindling playoff hopes alive.
After the abysmal loss in Kansas City the Raiders season, and their playoff hopes are living off of life support. The Cowboys themselves are also a team with playoff aspirations; That said, this game is going to be a fight for survival! Let's just hope here in Raider Nation that our squad can avoid having their plug pulled, and a loss on Sunday Night.
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