Win the 3rd Phase – Special Teams
1. Special Teams Turnover Forced
There are few more impactful plays in NFL football than forcing a turnover on special teams. The Raiders got a key one on a kickoff early. After Richard’s TD made it 7-3, the Raiders kicked to SJSU product Tyler Ervin in a sort of pooch kick manner. Ervin muffed the kick and long time special teams ace Taiwan Jones secured the rock.
The turnover only resulted in 3 points as the Raiders failed to punch in a TD, but the early 10-3 lead proved significant as it was the final margin in the win.
2. Punt King
Marquette King did not run for a long first down or perform any notable dance moves, but he did average over 49 yards per punt and continue his Pro Bowl caliber season.
Sebastian Janikowski had missed FGs in the prior two games but on this night he returned to perfection. Jano was 2-for-2 on FGs (although both 20 yards or shorter) and 3-for-3 on PATs after a week with a rash of missed PATs around the league.
The high pooch kick also resulted in the noted turnover. It was a solid night in primetime for Janikowski and good to right the ship for the home stretch.