Sunday, October 16, 2011

Raiders 24 Browns 17

"....the greatness of the Raiders remains in its future."

The Oakland Raiders returned home to honor late great owner Mr. Al Davis. Plenty of former Raiders met around the Raiders shield at mid-field to stand in honor of the lighting of an eternal flame for Al. Former Raiders coach John Madden performed the honor of lighting the flame that sits burning strong in the south-east corner of the stadium.

On a warmer than normal early fall day, two big plays attributed mightily to a Raiders win. A 101-yard kickoff return by the man they call "lightning in cleats," #12 Jacoby Ford. The other play was executed by special teams, where they pulled off yet another turning point, game changing play with a fake field-goal. Instead of a 53 yard field goal attempt, the Raiders faked it as punter Shane Lechler threw the perfect pass to a wide open Kevin Boss who rumbled for a 35 yard touchdown.

One ugly play cost the Raiders a proven leader, most likely for the rest of the season. Quarterback Jason Campbell scrambled seven yards then after being tackled grabbed himself in pain. A fractured clavicle is the reported injury. Backup Kyle Boller came in and did a pedestrian job at QB. The Raiders will need to bring in a quarterback quickly. The only other passer on the roster is a rookie who joins the team full-time tomorrow after serving a five game suspension; Terrell Pryor.

This could be a blessing or a curse for the Raiders. Only Al knows.

Just Win Baby!

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