The good news is that the Oakland Raiders have finally strung together two straight wins in a 24-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The bad news is that the win has come at a cost.
Long before there was even an NFL season JBB has taken the stance that Kyle Boller just wasn’t a good enough backup plan. Needless to say this is one topic that I hoped to never revisit. None the less here we are as Jason Campbell is already rumored to be done for the rest of the season with a broken collar bone.
But before we go there let’s stick to the here and now.
Right about now Hue Jackson can do no wrong. Jackson’s perfect play calling married with his significant swagger is a marriage made in heaven. Jackson has no problem making the unconventional calls as evident by his fake field goal that resulted in an unlikely Shane Lechler to Kevin Boss score.
While we’re on talking about Lehcler throwing the rock, he could be the best option at QB going forward.
But I’m still not ready to discuss that topic.
Let’s talk about Jacoby Ford who finally got off on special teams. Ford’s 101-yard kick return that struck pay dirt was the score that ultimately turned the tide.
Colt McCoy was largely ineffective and Peyton Hillis was as big a non-factor in today’s game as Sarah Palin in the presidential race. McCoy led the Browns on two scoring drives, one coming late in the contest. Yet when Cleveland recovered an on-side kick and needed McCoy most the Texas native was MIA.
All afternoon long the Raider made Al Davis proud by putting pressure on McCoy while playing tight coverage downfield. Aaron Curry wasn’t a huge factor in his East Bay debut but he did enough to justify starting after just one practice. Sorry, Quentin Groves.
Darren McFadden had a good but not great day yet still led the way as Oakland again dominated in the trenches and controlled the clock. For his troubles Run DMC found the end zone yet again.
Still the story is Jason Campbell and his fractured collar bone. While Boller didn’t do anything terrible he didn’t do anything great or even good for that matter.
Against the Browns Boller’s lack luster showing was good enough. Going forward there is serious concern. Campbell has been the mark of consistency at the QB position. Sure, he’s made a few mistakes here and there but overall JC has been every bit the savior expected when the Raiders first traded for his services last year.
Without Campbell there is plenty of cause for concern. Boller didn’t impress much and the only other QB on the roster was wearing street clothes today. Terrelle Pryor is nowhere near ready to contribute so this looks like Boller’s job to lose.
There is no official word on Campbell as of yet but the signs aren’t good. JC injured his collar bone on a second quarter scramble that ended in a dive which resulted in a potential season ending injury.
What makes the injury particularly problematic is that it occurred just as the Raiders finally won two straight, snapping the pattern of alternating wins and losses. What makes the injury highly concerning is that it leaves the Raiders with serious questions at the quarterback position.
On a day in which the Raiders paid proper respects to Al Davis it is hard to overlook the fact that they just won, baby. However without Campbell the future is highly uncertain. For the moment all that matters is that the Raiders have finally found a rhythm. How much Boller affects the momentum remains to be seen.
Today all that mattered is the scoreboard – Raiders 24, Brown 17.
Topics: Aaron Curry, Al Davis, Cleveland Browns, Colt McCoy, Darren McFadden, Hue Jackson, Jacoby Ford, Kevin Boss, Kyle Boller, Oakland Raiders, Peyton Hillis, Quentin Groves, Sarah Palin, Shane Lechler, Terrelle Pryor