The Oakland Raiders Will Contend in the AFC West

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Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (24) tackles Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard (33) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

 

Defensively, the unit is coming together and beginning to mesh well.  There were some holes that were exploited early by Luck and company, but Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver addressed the problems and locked it down.  The Raiders rushed the passer and sacked Luck.  That’s right, you heard it, the Raiders pressured the quarterback.  Take that NFL Analysts, the Raiders defense got to the quarterback.  This was a thing that all the pundits believed wouldn’t happen.  They were wrong.

The funniest thing is happening in the football world, the analysts and pundits are re-evaluating their opinions of the Oakland Raiders.  Whatever, Raiders Nation already knew this was a better football team.  The team just needed to prove itself, and it proved itself to me yesterday.  The Raiders will contend for the AFC West Division title.  That’s right, I’m going to come out and say it right now, “The Oakland Raiders will contend for the AFC West Division Title!”

Am I crazy or delusional?  I think not.  How can I say that after the Denver Broncos lit up the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday night?  What about the Kansas City Chiefs destroying the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday?  These, to me, are easy questions to answer.  First and foremost, the Ravens defense was totally gutted after their Super Bowl winning year.  Major pieces that held that team together are no more.  Quarterback Joe Flacco is not elite, he did not deserve that payday, and he is not the guy that will carry that team to victory.  Retired LB-Ray Lewis was the heart and soul of that team, and he is gone.  Next in line was S-Ed Reed, and he is now a Houston Texan.  The Ravens are going to continue to struggle this year, and the Broncos are a team who should have beat them.

The same can be said for the Chiefs and Jaguars.  The Jaguars are still struggling to find a solid quarterback and an offensive line that can protect their quarterback.  Blaine Gabbert was knocked out of the game yesterday, because the offensive line did not protect him.  No wonder the Jaguars couldn’t get any offense going.

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  • Angel

    Damn good game yesterday. Damn good

  • Ricky Bobby

    Lot of mistakes, TP, the D but most surprising was JANO MISSING THAT CHIPPY FG WHICH WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE RAIDERS MOMENTUM!!

  • iceman4

    Shane you seem like a great guy but come on; talk about being over excited about one game. The Bills should have beat the Pats yesterday too but are they playoff contenders? no way

    Think of all the times some Raider fans in the last 11 years have said how the Raiders were playoff bound and how good their draft picks were going to be. Often wrong seldom in doubt.

    The Colts defense underestimated Pryor and tried to keep him in the pocket. Other teams now are going to have a spy on him; usually a fast LB.

    The Raiders struggle big time in the red zone. They can’t score TD’s. The Colts ran well in the second half.

    The Raiders had a nice effort but you are a biased fan writing on a site which is the norm any more. The Colts are a very overrated team with an avg. to bad defense and a running game that needs help.

    If the Raiders can get to 7-9 or 8-8 that would be an amazing year. I think this is still going to be a long year in Oakland but it is encouraging.

  • Craig 7

    It was 1 game. Even when you win there’s still work to do. Relax everyone and just watch what’s gonna happen. Relax and watch.

  • Mark from Section 122

    O.K. I admit, they did much better than I guessed, and although I hate losing, I was pleased to see us back near to the form we had under Coach Jackson before “Wonder Boy” took over (as in I “Wonder” when the boy is going to start looking like an actual head coach, instead of one on a committee of assistants.) But once again I digress, so back to topic……As to the loss, it was as you said, a group effort with what I see as three major game changing errors. Jano’s missed field goal being #1, because if he had made it, Pryor wouldn’t have been in desperation mode in the last minute, and then the Big Polish Boot would have had the opportunity to do what he does best and gets paid for, win the game with a field goal from anywhere inside the 35. King’s hold looked fine to me, so, I lay this on Sebas. Porter’s poor play at DB being #2, because he looked like he couldn’t cover a receiver standing still in the first half. Had he shut down those receivers, the Colts wouldn’t have been in the lead, because surprisingly, we had a rush and a decent linebacking corps for a change. Lastly, and even though he caught some, Demarius Moore’s lack of 110% effort being #3. That guy needs to start showing up in a big way and stop being merely present. Streater is doing awesome for a guy that popped up out of nowhere, but we need Moore to start living up to his hype and earn whet he gets paid. When I see him play I am faintly reminded of Randy Moss at times, and not in the good way. The rest of our issues; defense’s failing to cause turnovers, Pryor’s inexperience, bad calls and non-calls by the officials, poor coaching decisions, (such as not getting Marcel Reese more involved, and some questionable play calling), The line not opening up lanes for Run DMc, etc., would not have been that big of a difference if items #1-#3 had been addressed….but I’m happier than I have been in a long time. People forget that under Jackson, we were playoff contenders. So, I think you are correct, and it is a nice feeling. Go Raiders.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.schroeder.161 Chris Schroeder

    Great article, couldn’t have said it better myself. I know there are still the doubters out there like iceman4, but come on realistically the Colts are a playoff team that won seven out of eight home games last year against very tough teams when they were ranked 27th in defense. So that shows you how potent their offenses is. During the off-season the Colts made some moves to strengthen up their defense so it should be that much better according to analyst. One commentator yesterday picked the Colts to win the Super Bowl too BTW…

    If Pryor threw a touchdown instead of an intersection on his first drive the Raiders would have had seven points, If Jano makes that field-goal that would’ve been another three points, and then the field goal at the end of the game would’ve put the raiders up by 9 points, and not even a touchdown and two point conversion would have been enough points to win the game for the Colts.

    Now pryor needs to correct the mistakes that are allowing him to throw these interceptions. Once that happens this Raiders team will be unstoppable. Go raiders, Can’t wait till they demolish the Jaguars 38-9.

  • jeremy

    why the hell are we not using Reese?

  • phil s

    Porter should not be 1st string the dude has been getting burned since donning the silver and black. Give the rookie 25 the spot

  • Cole Phares

    We played well against a good team in the first week. That doesn’t mean anything. It usually takes a game or two for teams to get settled. I love the raiders and was really happy we did not get blown out. But lets face it. We don’t have a quarterback. Pryor can make plays with his mobility but he will continue to make mistakes at key times. He said during preseason he made a mistake throwing an interception and it would not happen again. I think it was after the third preseason game and yet here he is repeating it. Matt Flynn is not the answer. I agree that we have a better chance to win with Pryor but we should all expect key mistakes from him at the worst possible times. Just remember right when you start to think that we might actually beat a really good team that it won’t last and the next play will lose the game for us. I think we’re moving in the right direction but this is another draft pick year.

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  • Shane Schilperoort

    Thank you for your comments. I really like the coaches view on this one.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Righ! Use him, he’s a huge weapon!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    No doubt, I totally agree.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I strongly disagree. We played a team poised to come out and stuff us. They didn’t. Pryor took them by surprise, and he will have to be accounted for in game plans. This will create match up difficulties for opposing teams. Too many weapons on the Raiders to all be covered at once. It’s still on Pryor to find the open guy, but I like our chances.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Great input, and I totally agree with you.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    One game at a time.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    First of all, you say that the Colts ran well in the second half, yet they held Ballard to 68 rushing yards the entire game. Yes, they rushed for over 100 yards collectively, but not the running back. I hope to god other teams place a spy on Pryor, because he will eat them up with passing yards. Pryor said he prefers to be a quarterback and not a running back. He will kill teams with his arm, because the spy won’t be covering Reece, McFadden, the tight end, or the slot receiver. The Raiders out played the Colts in the game, but they missed their scoring opportunities. Stupid mistakes yes, but correctable problems.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Don’t worry, it’ll probably be the only one that Janikowski misses all year, LOL

  • Shane Schilperoort

    No doubt, and I totally look forward to the next one on Sunday against the Jaguars!

  • RdrFusion

    One game…

  • Angel

    Dude we’re going to kill em soo bad. Raider Nation is going to be fired up when Pryor and Woodson come home. I hope we give no mercy

  • Angel

    Get em dude. Haha. Hell yeah

  • Mark from Section 122

    Senior Ice, I thoroughly enjoy reading opposing viewpoints that involve thoughtful analysis derived from articulable facts and statistics, relevant historical anecdotes, actual knowledge of the intricacies of the game of football, and a healthy dose of critical thinking. Sadly, I found your reply devoid of all four. Instead it was merely a mix of rash, unsupported generalities, hyperbole, and thinly veiled anti-Raider rhetoric. That sir is what we in the Nation refer to as a “Hater.”

    I would also like to mention, albeit painfully obvious, that you are posting on a site called “Fan”sided on a blog dedicated to the Raiders, so I am somewhat taken aback by your comment to the author regarding him being: “a biased fan writing on a site which is the norm anymore.” If that remark in of itself was, as it appeared, an effort to dismiss his opinion due to his team loyalty, it fell short of the mark. Raider fans are fiercely loyal, but, besides being hopeful like any other fan, are educated and knowledgable about the game, and objective. Many times the minions of the Silver and Black are the harshest critics of the team. But we criticize and argue with each other as a family. So, if you don’t enjoy a bunch of biased fans, perhaps you should choose to post on a different site, or perhaps one that doesn’t require you to support your generalizations with actual meaningful facts.

  • Mark from Section 122

    Right??? That is what I was yelling at my television over and over. I’m hoping he had an injury only privy to the coaching staff or something like that, otherwise it was a big error not inserting him as a major part of the game plan.

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