The Oakland Raiders have advanced to 2-0 on the year, the first time they’ve started a season with two wins since they went to the Super Bowl back in 2002.
It wasn’t the most exciting of games, blowouts never are, but it’s exactly what the the Raiders needed. The Jets aren’t in the same class as the Raiders and the Raiders needed to go out and prove they were not going to play down to bad teams they way they had in the past. And now, with two games under their belts for the 2017 season, the Raiders remain in a position to live up to the offseason hype and make a playoff run.
But before we start talking about the rest of the season and what could be, let’s take a look back at this past weekend’s game. Every week, I will do a piece like this, where I re-watch the Raiders game and give a list of the thoughts that come to mind as I’m watching. They are things I find worth noting but maybe not worth writing an entire piece on. So, let’s get to it!
The Jets defense did its best to keep the Raiders in check, and did a decent job of it in the first half. The Raiders had six drives that were evenly split between good and bad. Three touchdowns and three punts. That being said, it’s worth noting that the third touchdown came after a muffed punt gave the Raiders the ball inside of the five yard line.
While the Jets defense was able to keep the Raiders offense somewhat in check in the first half, they were not able to do any such thing in the second half. The Raiders had four possessions in the second half, every one of them a scoring drive, three more touchdowns and a field goal.
The defense was very much bend but don’t break. The Jets put up 20 points, which is more than I expected they would but at the end of the day, the defense made enough big plays to hold the Jets sufficiently in check. Karl Joseph, in particular, had another great day for the Silver and Black on defense.
Speaking of Karl Joseph, he was responsible for the first defensive turnover by the Raiders this season, a strip sack on Josh McCown in the fourth quarter that pretty much put any thoughts of a comeback to bed.
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