The Raiders put it on the Jets in their home opener Sunday, with numerous weapons on full display. Most encouraging from a go-forward perspective is the Raiders put up 45 points with Marshawn Lynch playing limited snaps and Amari Cooper still struggling with drops.
Imagine this team firing on all cylinders.
Their defense, albeit playing the Jets, was fast, aggressive and efficient from the opening snap and special teams once again answered the call to make big plays. This was a game that was won as a complete team, with all three phases excelling when needed.
This team is showing that they have the stars to compete for it all in Derek Carr, Cooper, Crabtree, Mack, et al. Karl Joseph, now healthy, is quickly justifying his draft position and providing the Raiders another pass rush option from the secondary. He’s made numerous wow plays thus far in 2017, without losing his hard-nosed run support.
Offensive line performances are often under the radar, but the Raiders line gets a lot of love. Still, Marshall Newhouse deserves a specific mention due to his ability to solidify the RT position and fit right in. Newhouse looks at home beside four of the best lineman in the game, and the Raiders QB is enjoying tremendous Carr insurance as a result. Yeah, he’s fitting in just fine:
But we already knew about all of those guys and the great things they are doing on the field. What will continue to take the Raiders to the next level are the performances that don’t always show up on the stat sheet, but are nonetheless incredibly important to such a complete victory, and the players that fill out the roster with depth and talent. Thus far both have been on display in the first two weeks, so let’s take a look at who stood out the most in that regard against the Jets.
SETH ROBERTS, WR
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