Long Live "Special" Teams

Special teams are called special teams for reason. If our special teams did not show up on Sunday, we would have lost to the Cleveland Browns. Thank god for special teams! If it wasn’t for Jacoby Ford’s 101 yard run back for a touchdown and Shane’s great fake/pass for a touchdown to Kevin Boss we would have lost.

Having said that, our defense played very well. We kept pressure on Colt McCoy all day. Only two sacks recorded, but plenty of hits, hurries and knock downs. I’m sure someone on the Raiders D will get fined by Hitler Goodell this week.

The offense was clicking very well. Jason Campbell looked good up until the point where he decided to become a mobile quarterback. This is going to be a season changer for the Raiders. Campbell was having a productive year and was playing with great confidence. He will be missed!

Darrius Heyward-Bey is slowly becoming the teams best receiver. He is finally learning how to use his speed and actuall use his hands to catch the ball insted of his chest! I used to be a DHB hater but I’m slowly comming around. Keep playing with a chip on your shoulder DHB! (Crabtree who?)

Jacoby Ford had a fantastic game. That guy is amazing! He is so fast, with such great balance and instincts for the ball and the end zone. That tight rope walk down the side line was the baddest anti gravity exhibition I’ve ever seen. Running full speed as the upper half of his body was out of bounds for about 30 yards. Even Sir Isaac Newton flipped over in his grave and was like “Dang Bro!”

Darren McFadden looked unbelievable like normal. The Brown’s run defense is pretty stout but DMC showed why he leads the NFL in rushing! Michael Bush looked slow and sluggish but when he got in the clear, he ran pure and powerful like he normally does. (I was wanting to see some Tiawan Jones.)

For only having one practice under his belt, Aaron Curry played very well. Can you imagine playing for one team, being traded, having one practice and being a starter?

Our safeties looked fantastic. Very aggressive, big time bullies! They banged McCoy around so much that he didn’t want to hold the ball for more than two seconds. Happy Feet II, Colt’s day in Oakland.

All in all, we won the game. I’m thankful that we didn’t give the game away at the very end. Our defense really stepped up for Al Davis. I swear these games are driving me crazy. We can’t just blow somebody out by 20 points it has to always be a nail biter. These types of games wreak havoc on my digestive system.

Long live the Al Davis! Long live the Oakland Raiders! Long live Special teams! Long live JBB!


Greg Simon
JBB Staff Writer

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