Both Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan were warned. These aren’t those Raiders. Those Raiders allowed Mark Sanchez enough time to down a dog with mustard on the sideline. These Raiders almost made so that the only way Sanchez would enjoy any food is through a straw. An early 10-point deficit became a 10-point win as Oakland bested New York 34-24 in the East Bay opener.
These are Hue Jackson’s Raiders. A group that doesn’t read GQ. Maybe Sanchez can fool photographers with flashy poses but he can’t trick Richard Seymour and the rest of the Raiders’ front four.
All day long the Silver and Black left Sanchez and company black and blue. Oakland is quickly becoming the destination for must-see-TV. Another thrilling game that this time thankfully ended in a Raider W.
In case you’re still sleeping on Darren McFadden you might want to stop hitting the snooze. Dude is playing like an MVP candidate and if you don’t believe me just ask Clown Coach Ryan. Run DMC walked his way all over the Jets en route to a 2-TD, 180 total yard effort. In fact, McFadden becomes the first ever runner to eclipse the 100-yard barrier in the Ryan era and Oakland’s 224 rushing yards are the most allowed by the Jets since the fat man has patrolled the sideline in New York Jersey.
And if all you do is read box scores then you have no idea how well Jason Campbell played today. From a man that has been as critical of JC as I’ve been it comes with great pride to admit fault in how perfectly Campbell has played this year. Today, Campbell threw a perfect game as he made the right decision on every snap.
Don’t let the numbers fool you. Campbell might have only passed for 156 yards but every one counted. Not to mention the fact that the Raiders played turnover free football which put them in position to win despite a sluggish start.
Coach Jackson’s bully is building momentum.
Today we saw a new side of that bully as the offense picked on Antonio Cromartire in DeAngelo Hall fashion.
I’m not going to say I told you so but I did say how horrible an idea it would be for the Raiders to pursue Cromartie.
Dude was picked on like a chubby kid on the first toss of a dodge ball contest. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Derek Hagan and seemingly any Raider that lined up in front of Cromartie had success. Even though the Raiders are still having of penalty problems they at least neutralized the issue by picking on Cromarite all afternoon.
After drawing for flags for either PIs or illegal contact, the Raiders bullied Cromartie into committing a curial turnover on a flubbed kick off.
That play proved to me the moment that the momentum officially swayed Oakland’s way.
While we’re talking coverage let’s give Chimdi Chekwa some props. Chris Johnson is simply not playing up to par. Be it due to injury or ineffectiveness, Johnson is getting beaten on the regular.
Chekwa got an opportunity and made his presence felt. For good measure the Ohio State rookie got flagged and conceded a tough TD to Plaxico Burress but he also made plays in coverage. The Raiders might have found their man going forward.
Time will tell.
Time will also tell if Denarius Moore is more Jacoby Ford than Jacoby Ford.
The former Volunteer is making every NFL team look terrible for passing on him several times over. For the second time in as many weeks Moore found the end zone in a crucial point in the game, this time on a reverse that struck pay dirt.
Coach Jackson gave his team ample motivation this week. His men responded with a second half that would have crushed the Bills in Buffalo last week.
Now it’s time to keep this positive play going with another inspired effort against New England next week.
Richard Seymour will be poised to punish Tom Brady. The only question is who else is joining him?
Topics: Antonio Cromartie, Chimdi Chekwa, Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Deangelo Hall, Denarius Moore, Derek Hagan, Hue Jackson, Jacoby Ford, Jason Campbell, Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Plaxico Burress, Rex Ryan, Richard Seymour, Tom Brady