Before the NFL and its Analysts/Pundits have a chance to slander the Oakland Raiders with their web of lies and deceit, I would like to offer my opinion of the game. Say what you will about winning or losing, but this game was better than advertised. We here at Just Blog Baby (JBB) have been talking about the improved defense and offensive weapons that the Raiders have. JBB has been explaining to Raider Nation that the season will be better than the haters would make us think. JBB was right.
We’ll start with the positives from the game. On the defensive side of the ball, the question was whether or not the Raiders could pressure the quarterback. That question was answered with the four sacks the defense was able to get. Not to mention the fact that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck spent a lot of time on the ground. The score was kept within reach for the offense, and the 9 new starters on the Raiders defense emerged as studs, and they showed that they can get to the quarterback.
Middle linebacker Nick Roach had 9 combined tackles. Tyvon Branch, Tracy Porter, Lamarr Houston, and Jason Hunter all had a sack each. The defense allowed just 178 yards passing and 2 touchdowns by Luck. Colts running back Vick Ballard was held to just 63 yards rushing. Colts wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey held Raiders DB-D.J. Hayden to allow Luck to run for a touchdown, which gave Luck 38 yards rushing. Once again, a non-call holding penalty cost the Raiders the game. However, it is what it is, and the Referee’s are always going to be tighter on the Raiders than any other team.