Sep 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) is pursued by Jacksonville Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien (37) on a 30-yard gain in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
A little late, but without further adieu here are our Game Balls from the Raiders 19-9 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday:
Rory Anderson (JBB Columnist/JBB Podcast co-host)
Offense: Darren McFadden
This is a no-brainer; it has to be Darren McFadden. Although Terrelle Pryor was a couple terrible Denarius Moore drops and penalty from a repeat performance of last week, it was Darren McFadden who ripped off four big runs and stole the show. This game was ugly for the passing game. The Jaguars played a disciplined and cautious defense that forced Terrelle Pryor to get away from what he does best, but it opened up big lanes for DMC. Defenses pick your poison.
Aug 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) talks with a teammate during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Defense: Lamarr Houston
This is a much harder decision to make than the offensive game ball. Usama Young had two sacks which most likely would have gone to Tyvon Branch had he not gotten hurt. Sio Moore was flying all over the field notching up a few tackles for loss, and the newly added defensive end Brian Sanford made some solid plays. Plus, both Jason Hunter and Christo Bilukidi recorded sacks, but the man who did it for me was Lamar Houston. This guy dominated both Jaguars tackles, recorded a sack, enabled others to record sacks, created tons of pressure, and made a fantastic stuff for a seven yard loss on an outside run play.
Ian Sneed (Staff Writer)
Offense: Darren McFaddden.
Unfortunately the one turnover we had in the game came from DMac, but he touched the ball at least 14 times and kept the offense moving the few times it did.
Offense honorable mentions:
– 45 Marcel Reece. He got the touchdown. Let’s face it, that deserves recognition.
– 80 Rod Streater. TP2 connected with Streater four times with positive yardage. They have good chemstry.
- 2 Terrelle Pryor. His decisions allowed for DMac to have a 100+ yard game and he had a few good runs and passes too.
– 81 Mychal Rivera. Connected twice in the game with TP2.
Defense: 24 Charles Woodson
This man was critical on six different plays. The most noteworthy was the flying tackle over two players to stop the Jaguars from scoring. There were multiple times outside of that where he read the play well and stopped it before there was a large gain. He made his presence known on defense and was a key player all game.
Defense honorable mentions:
– 23 Tracy Porter. He was key on five different plays making tackles and stopping the Jaguars forward progress.
- 99 Lamar Houston. He was a fraction of a second off from many ‘near-sacks’ all game. He had 2 key plays. If the Raiders were looking for a leader in him, he’s starting to show it. His intensity did not drop all game.
– 25 D.J. Hayden. He didn’t have any amazing plays but he had plenty of stops, and you could find him near the action in a lot of critical plays. If the Jag’s offense had made it past the other players, Hayden was there to stop them.
– 93 Jason Hunter. Another key player who played with heart the entire game. He had three key stops and is a powerful force on the line.