The New York Jets were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Today's Oakland Raiders were looking for anyone to take out their frustrations on. Last week's loss to the Buffalo Bills was one they know they should've won. Today they played like a team with a nasty taste in their mouth.
The Raiders played today like someone had stolen something from them on the road last week. They simply weren't taking any chances this week as they protected their house against suspect visitors from the east. The only thing these visitors would take away was a whupping as the Jets were knocked around and upside down while the Raiders robbed them of their gold.
RB Darren McFadden ran for 171 yards against the media-hyped Jets who led early but couldn't hang with the Raiders in the second half. The Raiders fans brought their A-Game as they screamed and hollered the Jets offense into believing they'd awakened a monster. They had!
I was tired of hearing the story of Jets QB Mark Sanchez's last visit to the coliseum where he was caught on the sideline eating down a hotdog. Today's 34-24 Raiders win gave football fans and media some new on-field hotdogging to talk about. Like McFadden's 72 yard burst around the left end for a touchdown or any of his tackle breaking, cutback faking runs.
D-Mac will be on the lips of all espn analysts tonight while rookie Danarius Moore is seen as the 2011 version of last year's Jacoby Ford (out with an injury). Moore ran a receiver reverse and made a cutback that juked two Jets defenders before zooming past the defensive secondary for a classic diving touchdown (see above). Speed Kills!
Yes football fans, the Oakland Raiders put on a show in front of a sold out house today, and not one paying customer felt cheated or wanted a refund. The place was hopping with Raiders offense, defense, special teams and Silver&Black groupies. One of the best concerts I've attended in quite some time. It was .........electrifying!