Week 2: NY 20 vs. Oak 45

There was a time they said the Raiders played down to the level of their competition. Before then, there was a time when they dominated no matter what—those times are back. In a game that set the Silver and Black up for simple success, Raider Nation got exactly what it was looking for—a bona fide blowout victory.

Week 2 pitted the already poised Oakland Raiders team against a NY Jets franchise that has been flailing for some time. Despite how lopsided the matchup seemed on paper, the Oakland Raiders were still faced with the ghost of not having opened a season with two straight victories since 2002. But a trap game this wasn’t.

Oakland’s first possession of the game frustrated fans after going 3-and-out. Having waited an entire off-season to welcome home this high octane offense adorned in Silver and Black, you could all but feel the energy get sucked from the stands—except this didn’t happen.

This is Oakland, and fans don’t sit down. Raider Nation doesn’t quit. After forcing the Jets into a 3-and-out (netting 2-yards) of their own, Oakland was back on the field and ready to do work. The Raiders would go 76-yards in 11-plays capping their drive with what has become a signature Carr fade pass to Michael Crabtree in the back of the end zone.

Crab Jump Ball:

Back on the field with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove, the Raiders defense would allow only 4-plays and 19 yards on the next Jets possession. This would be the last time they would see the ball in the first quarter—21-yards in 7 plays. What’s more, Gareon Conley flashed on this series when he defended this pass intended for Jermaine Kearse:

 Conley’s Debut:

The Raiders offense marched right back down the field and ate up what remained of the 1st quarter while they did so. Scoring again on the drive would be who? You guessed it, Michael Crabtree. This time, leaning on the success of the deep fade earlier, Todd Downing and company would dial up an underthrown fade timing rout. The play call works and Crabtree does the rest of the heavy lifting to make his defender look helpless.

Crab Grab and Go: 

In the 2nd quarter the Jets would finally decide to get on the board when Jermaine Kearse got just behind David Amerson who was inches away from making a great play on the 34-yard pass by Josh McCown. Karl Joseph got pulled to the middle of the field on the play and wasn’t able to help over the top. To be honest, Amerson was a just a step off and should have made this play on his own. Good for you NY, have a party (*eyes roll*).

 David Amerson Just Misses:

For what it’s worth, this play probably should have never happened. If it wasn’t for Raider Nation’s favorite NFL Official, Jeff Triplette. Jeff, apparently thought Bruce Irvin was playing football just a tad <sarcasmfont> “too hard” </sarcasmfont>. To be noted, Bruce was penalized for a similar tackles last week against Tennessee. Also, just to be clear, I don’t care if he gets flagged for every game for the rest of the regular season. Regardless, we thought it was a damn good tackle so let’s see it again:

 Tackling 101:

 Jack No Happy:

Oakland’s offense would sputter once again and failed to convert 3rd downs on their next two drives totaling just 7 plays collectively. The Jets would respond once more on a 46 yard Catanzaro field goal. The Jets would respond a second time by muffing a punt on their own 4-yard line.

 Muffy the Punt Slayer:

Oakland went on to show Seattle how it should be done in your red zone by running Lynch 3 times in a row. It was at this time that the Oakland native punctuated his homecoming by delivering his first rushing TD as a home team player since his days with Oakland Tech in 2003.

 Lynch is Home:

 END OF THE 1ST HALF: NY 10 vs. OAK 21

Due to a lengthy New York drive that chewed up the first 8 minutes of the 2nd half (but yielded just a field goal), the Raiders would only see the ball once before the final quarter. As it turns out, once was enough as Oakland put together their own quick hitting drive capped by an unexpected 43-yard run from scrimmage by Cordarrelle Patterson.

 CP. RB. TD:

The rout was on in the 4th quarter as Oakland would tack an additional 17 points on the scoreboard in the final frame. It only took 4 plays for Jalen Richard to remind everyone exactly how deep Oakland stable of running backs is. On a play reminiscent of his breakout 2017 season, Richard hit the afterburners and burned up 52 yards in 8 seconds for a quick 6.

 Speed Kills:

On the very next series, Karl Joseph would get McCown for a strip-sack fumble. Many fans have already bought in to the Kujo hype. Others were awaiting his arrival. This play may be the moment in which we cease having that conversation. In this new Pagano-influenced defensive system, KJ will get various opportunities to missile his way into the backfield. In the meantime, Joseph’s highlight gave way to an 18-yard out route from Carr to Crabtree—good enough for another touchdown.

Crab x 3:

FINAL: NY 20 vs. OAK 45

For the first time in a long time, a game that should have been a blowout actually became just that. Furthermore, Oakland’s defense took advantage of an underwhelming opponent to show they are capable of dominating and NFL team for 4 quarters of football. Oakland’s secondary allowed only 145 yards passing while the defense as a whole held NY to just 273 total yards on the day.

Earning some redemption among fans was Reggie Nelson and TJ Carrie who held their own all afternoon. At the end of the day the Raiders held their opponent to 20 points or less for the second week in a row. It should also be noted that Tennessee, whom the Raiders held to 16 points last week, hung 37 on a Jaguars defense that netted 10 sacks just last week.  

The Silver Swashbucklers did what they do on offense while showcasing nearly every weapon on their roster. Carr completed and impeccable 23 of his 28 passes for just 230 yards while responsible for 3 of the team’s 6 touchdowns. His performance was good enough to earn him a whopping 136.6 passer rating.

Next week sees the Raiders on their first nationally televised game of the season as they fly to the Nation’s capitol to face off against the Washington Redskins. In what is truly a winnable game for Oakland, we’ll see if the team can continue its success in east coast games and show the rest of the nation exactly what we’re committed to do: Just Win Baby!

Written By: Kenny Stapler