Sunday, October 21, 2012

Raiders win due to Chad Henne's lame performance

A win is a win but it is worth noting the Raiders were powerless to stop Jags QB Blaine Gabbert before he injured his shoulder.  Gabbert is a good prospect at QB but he has not enjoyed many great days in his NFL career thus far.  He was rolling along before being injured. Combined with the loss of excellent RB Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jags had limited offense.

The Raiders won due to Jags backup QB Chad Henne's inpetitude and the Jags OL not performing up to task.  Henne has been an on again, off again type of QB in his NFL career.  Today he was way off.




The Jags defense played excellent for the most part.  It took everything the Raiders had to scratch and claw back to tie the game late in the 4th quarter.  It was only because of many three and outs for the Jags offense under Henne that enabled time management to swing in Oakland's favor


Carson Palmer is not a great QB.  His best days are behind him.  Actually, he has not done much since 2007.  He's a gritty guy and surprisingly resilient so he may very well be one of those crusty veterans with just enough left in in him to bring the Raiders to .500.

The running game is mostly Mike Goodson now.  Who would've thunk in training camp things would turn out this way.  Goodson is unquestionably the go to guy.  McFadden is better at catching out of the backfield. He may break one every now and again but he's not doing too well as a straight ahead runner this year thus far.  Marcel Reece has all but disappeared in his pass catching role as of late.

The young receivers are playing pretty well, all things considered. 

We all know Knapp is crap but don't expect a change any time soon.

A win against the Jags is not much to build on, especially when the team looked much better against Atlanta last week.  The Falcons are supposed to be a much better team than Jacksonville.

Bottom line is this Raiders bunch is in re-building mode under Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie. Nothing is going to ignite a playoff run. Though, it is entirely possible the Raiders will earn back to back wins for the first time this season against the Chiefs next week. Let's not forget that most everyone thought the Jags would roll over. Instead, they came into Oakland Coliseum and dominated until their first string offense suffered injuries to key players.  If the Chiefs are anything like the Jags, they just might have the same sort of success, especially playing at home.

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