Oakland Raiders Must Rise To The Occasion.
Terrell White – Oct 20, 2012
Holla At Me Raider Nation!
There really isn't too much to say about this game against the Jags is there? We all know the situation. The Oakland Raiders are 1-4. If the team doesn't start winning now, when are they going to?
The Raiders were able to instill some good will within Raider Nation with their performance in the loss to Atlanta. However, let's not get confused; they still lost the game. So, while I appreciate the fact that the team didn't embarrass themselves, bottom line we need a WIN.
Which brings us to this Sunday's home game against Jacksonville. Once again we find the Oakland Raiders presented with an opportunity. See, I always felt that Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allem bit off a bit more than they could chew. I felt that they changed too much about the team too soon. I felt that they should have built upon what the team accomplished, not ignore it.
However, there's no point in crying over spilled beer (well - maybe there is - but I digress). Opportunity Is Knocking, (again). As I stated, once again we find the Oakland Raiders presented with an opportunity. They had an opportunity on opening night; an opportunity which they used to embarrass themselves on national television.
They had an opportunity week four, at Denver; a game in which the offense scored a total of six points, and the defense never touched Payton Manning all day.
They had an opportunity, and a bye week in Atlanta. While the team performed better, as I stated, they still lost the game.
There's an old saying that goes: If something happens one time, you could say it was an accident. If something happens twice, you could say it's a coincidence. However, when that same thing happens three times, that my friend is a trend.
Over the next three weeks the Raiders have an opportunity to reverse their current trend. During that time, the team will play games against the Jags (home), the Chiefs (road), and the Bucs (home). The question is: What are the Raiders going to do with this opportunity?
I know that I'm not the only one in Raider Nation who feels that McKenzie and Allen changed too much about this team too soon. The only way their going to appease that feeling? Win Games!
Speaking of winning games, that's exactly what the Raiders need to do this Sunday at home against the Jaguars. The Raiders need to view this game as a must-win situation.
Everyone knows Maurice Jones Drew is - as we like to say in the streets, "The Truth." No one in Raider Nation wants to watch this man run up and down the field all game long, while we watch Darren McFadden have another non-productive home game, running behind the team's zone blocking scheme.
No one is really worried about quarterback Blaine Gilbert, (but then again how many of us were worried about Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill?) Moreover, the Raiders secondary should have finally found a wide receiving corp that they can actually handle.
Therefore the plan is simple: Shut down the Jags run game, making the team one dimensional.
McFadden has a good game running with the ball (finally), allowing Carson Palmer to make some big plays in the passing game.
The Raiders need a solid win, as opposed to a respectable loss. It's time to build some momentum, at 2-4 as the Raiders would head into Kansas City, and battle to stay out of the cellar of the AFC West. At 1-5, and with games against the Ravens, Bengals, Broncos, and Chargers (amongst others) still left on the schedule, it might be time for the Raiders to get some people playing time that we might not ordinarily see. One of those players should be Terrelle Pryor.
Now I'm not saying that he should be starting games, however, I don't see the problem with giving the kid a series or two in the first half, and a series or two in the second. Have a Terrelle Pryor Package, and let's see what the kid can do. Might as well give Raider Nation something to be excited about, and distract them from the team losing games.
However, the best thing for Oakland, and Raider Nation is for the team to step up, and rise to the occasion.
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