Monday, October 10, 2016

Raiders Earn Share of AFC West Lead

It was another Raiders game for the ages as the team battled gallantly for their first home win of the season. The Raiders beat division rival San Diego Chargers 34-31, and Raider Nation celebrated like kids at a circus.

It was a game full of exciting plays for both teams. The game also had its share of miscues, none bigger than the Chargers FG holder mishandling the snap in the final minutes of the game that would of tied it up and most likely sent the game to overtime.

These Oakland Raiders no doubt know how to finish a game. With the win they're now 4-1 and share the division lead with the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.

Despite the at times struggling defense and running game (minus Latavius Murray), I saw individual Raiders step up and make plays throughout the day. Carr Crabtree Cooper & Company, Richard, Washington & Olawale, McGee Riley & Joseph, Janikowski & King. 

The O-Line and D-Line had their hands full as they plugged in and adjusted for injured players. When the Raiders D-line begins to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks, that's when the rest of the defense will become shutdown. Coaching/Play calling was decent. Utilizing the short pass to running backs out of the backfield was huge early in the game.But I still see too much conservative play calling at crucial times.

Another NFL gameday, another opponent bringing their 'A' game, and another electrifying Raiders win.  Again, not all of it was pretty, but we're in it for the wins and not the compliments. Next up another division rival comes to the Coliseum to test the will & endurance of the Raiders.
News Flash Kansas City Chiefs; the autumn wind is once again a swaggering Raider, pillaging just for fun. Come and get some!

Final Score
Chargers 31
Raiders 34

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