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.