For the first time in two years the Oakland Raiders have won consecutive games and they’ve done so in style. An offense that looked dead in the water just three weeks ago has exploded, outscoring the last two opponents by a combined score of 92-17.
Sunday’s 33-3 annihilation of the Seattle Seahawks saw all of that dangerous Raider speed reach its full potential.
It’s getting to the point where you can set your watch to Darren McFadden eclipsing the century mark. Run DMC did it again posting 111 yards on 21 carries and was a shoestring tackle away from another long sprint to the end zone.
Hue Jackson is finally letting it all hang out. Today, Jackson introduced the NFL to the versatile Marcel Reece. A freakish athlete, Reece is listed as a fullback but played some wide receiver in college at Washington. Proving his talents aren’t limited to the PAC-10, Jackson put Reece out wide and the result was a 30-yard TD on a beautiful slant rout. Jason Campbell gets props on the play for threading the needle with a gutsy yet perfectly thrown ball that found its way between two Seahawk DBs.
In all, Reece racked up 122 total yards on just 5 touches.
Not to be left out of the party, Darrius Heyward-Bey finally got off. It has been a long time coming but DHB netted the first 100-yard receiving game of his career. His large frame and sprinter speed was on display during the 69-yard house call that effectively ended all of Seattle’s hopes.
Despite being held, Hey-Bey put on a spin move that left the defense in the dust as Campbell again put a ball on the money allowing Darrius to show the world what 4.3 speed looks like in the open field.
Give Campbell credit too. This offense is clicking on all cylinders and he is a big reason why. Since sinking lower than JaMarcus Russell, Campbell has put together two performances that just might keep Bruce Gradkowski watching from the sidelines even if he’s healthy.
JC threw for 310 yards on just 15 completions, finding the end zone twice. His QB rating was a sick 120.9, a full 110 points higher than the golf score he posted in The City.
Right about now everything is going Oakland’s way. The ball bounced in the Raiders’ favor quite literally as Michael Bush turned a bobbled and batted ball into a 55 yard gain while Tyvon Branch got an INT on a pass defended by Stanford Routt and then dropped by Deon Butler.
Some may call it luck but Tom Cable will remind you that luck is the product of hard work. It’s nice to see Cable’s influence finally taking shape in the finished product on Sundays. Even better for Al Davis to see his vision slowly becoming a reality.
Not to be overlooked, the defense dominated by stifling everything the Seahawks attempted to accomplish. Matt Hasselbeck was on his back more often than a stripper working a double shift. John Marshall’s D blitzed, bombarded and bruised Hasselbeck to the tune of 8 sacks. Perhaps most impressive of all was the Run D (yes, you heard right) that stopped Oakland native Marshawn Lynch and his Seahawk teammates dead in their tracks.
Coach Cable is beautifully orchestrating the Raider Rebirth. Up next is a battle with the first place Kansas City Chiefs. Get your popcorn ready! For the first time in years Raiders/Chiefs will be more than a battle for bragging rights.
For now, let’s just enjoy the second Sunday of Raider Nation Domination.
Just win baby!
Tags: Al Davis, Oakland Raiders, Raider Nation, Fans, Popular, Featured Bruce Gradkowski Darren McFadden Darrius Heyward-Bey Deon Butler Hue Jackson Jason Campbell John Marshall Marcel Reece Marshawn Lynch Matt Hasselbeck Michael Bush Stanford Routt Tyvon Branch