Look, I’m as diehard a member of Raider Nation as you’ll find. I don’t need to prove that. Just comb through any my daily Raider ramblings etched into this blog for the past three years and you’ll know my life consists of breathing air and talking Silver and Black.
That said how can any of us be confident in our defense after watching Ben Roethlisberger play catch all afternoon last Sunday? The last thing we want need is for Peyton Manning to suddenly rediscover his arm strength. That would surely spell doom for Oakland.
It’s not like we’re talking about the same pass rush that one year ago put fear into opposing quarterbacks creating careless turnovers. Sure, the Raiders defense played a break but don’t shatter style of ball that created opportunistic turnovers against Pittsburgh. But that was against a team that doesn’t have much of a running game to speak of.
The Broncos can and will run the rock on Oakland. I don’t need to spell out what that means for an already awful secondary.
There will be no cheating at the line of scrimmage. No clever scheming to keep the unflappable Manning guessing. Usually it’s the opposite as opposing defenses are the ones that must constantly adjust to Manning’s audibles, dummies and general controlled chaos.
To tell the truth, I’m more fearful of Manning’s short throws than his lack of deep precision.
Does anyone else remember what Ryan Tannehill did to Oakland? Dude picked apart the Raiders with underneath throws that eventually created all kinds of running room for Reggie Bush. That’s rookie Tannehill we’re talking about. Manning has better weapons and much more patience. He’ll kill the Raiders by controlling the clock and methodically moving the chains.
Oakland, you have a serious Peyton Manning problem.
Oh, did I mention the Raiders have yet to record an interception three games in? Maybe they’ll get lucky and Peyton will simply toss one between the 2 and the 4 on Michael Huff’s jersey. Anything else would require Manning being pressured into making a mistake or a Silver and Black defender making a play on the ball. We haven’t seen much of either scenario in any other game so why would that change now?
I’ll be hoping this defense digs deep and finds something that hasn’t been there as of yet. Just don’t expect me to hold my breath in anticipation of a big play in the secondary.