Quick Hits and Oakland VS Seattle Live Stream
Dr. Nick Chicoine – Aug 30, 2012
It’s the 4th and final installment of the 2012 NFL Pre-Season for the Oakland Raiders. In the first two games Oakland was inconsistent in what seemed to be all aspects of the game. Last week against the Detroit Lions, Oakland finally showed some consistency, and even gave the Raider Nation some hope for the future.
As everyone knows, the 4th pre-season game is the least meaningful, but for a franchise in flux, and a few positions on the bubble it is not a complete waste of time. Aside from all the players on the roster bubble here a few things Oakland must do this game to solidify their offseason:
1) Red Zone Efficiency: Oakland has struggled in the Red Zone all pre-season. Even in a promising victory against the Lions, the first team offense almost came away scoreless in the Red Zone had it not been for an extremely athletic second effort from Darren McFadden. Obviously Gregg Knapp doesn’t want to give everything away in Pre-season, but if Oakland is going to make it to the Play-offs in 2012, Red Zone Efficiency is a must.
2) Special Teams: Another area that has looked well… “Special”… is the Raiders special teams. Virtually all phases have been painful to watch. Seriously, Oakland’s special teams unit is one blown lane assignment away from helmet requirements off the field. Dennis Allen has done a good job of identifying problems and dealing with them. The last thing Oakland needs is special teams to be a “problem.” Seabass is too good, and too expensive to miss anything inside 40 yards.
3) The Alex Parsons Project: Alex Parsons has stepped in beautifully for the injured Stefen Wisniewski. The biggest weakness in Parsons game is when someone is lined up over center, particularly in the Red Zone. Look for Parsons to build on his game 3 performance by being more consistent in the Red Zone.
4) Terrelle Pryor: See every blog written in the past 72 hours…. Seriously do I really need to mention that Pryor needs to improve on his mechanics and pocket presence?
5) DVD vs. Chekwa: Both of the young, second year cornerbacks have shown a lot of inconsistencies this preseason. In my opinion Chekwa has played slightly better than Demarcus Van-Dyke, and this is because Chekwa is more physical. It will be interesting to see how the back-up cornerback position plays out, but one thing is for sure someone needs to step up. In the words of The Doors, “The time for hesitation is through.”
6)Stay Healthy: There is no trophy at the end of this game. We already know Taiwan Jones can flip over defenders for a first down... there is no reason to even attempt anything like that in this game. Oakland can't afford anymore injuries, so by all means don't be a hero, it's only pre-season.
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