The Oakland Raiders come into Sundays game against the Seattle Seahawks with a chance to make it back to .500 and creep closer to the Kansas City Chiefs. Last week’s win against Denver brought back memories of the old Silver and Black swagger. How long will that euphoric feeling last for Raider Nation? Having to play through a number injuries at the wideout position, this attempt at back to back wins for Oakland will be a test of growth as they battle the NFC West leading Seahawks. Here are three things to look at in today’s ball game.
Offensively, the Raiders were clicking on all cylinders in last week’s ball game, from offensive coordinator Hue Jackson’s play calling, to quarterback Jason Campbell’s decision making and of course the primetime play of running back Darren McFadden the Raiders were definitely efficient across the board. Now the trick is to bottle that up and play consistently like that week in and week out. Playing quality football on offense, will allow the Raiders to take Seattle out of the game early. So stay on you’re “A” game because there is no need to have Raider Nation sweating through all four quarters.
Defensively, the instructions are the same as consistency and dominance must be established weekly. Although the Seahawks are not an offensive juggernaut, that does no mean that you take them lightly. The pass defense must remain elite, and the run defense must have a similar showing of containing the run like last week’s performance. Even though the NFC West is not a strong division the Seahawks are not 4-2 by accident. If the Raiders play with intensity and a controlled recklessness, they should be in good shape come the 4th quarter.
Discipline will be key this Sunday against their former AFC West rival. Unwarranted penalties are the type of mishaps that allow a team like this to control the flow of the game or at least stay close, with a chance to steal it in the 4th quarter. The Raiders will always be the Raiders when it comes to aggressive play, but you must limit the unnecessary bone-headed plays. Stay focus and stay the course and the outcome of this game will be there for the taking.
Today’s ball game against the Seahawks is like a new test for this new and improved Raiders squad. Will they put together back to back wins? Will they crash after the emotional high of last week’s ball game? Will they take care of business and win a game they are suppose to win? I rather not look at their track record over the past several years, but you can’t help but peak at it. The Raiders are at a point now where completing the main objective should not be uncommon, but more so of an expected occurrence. We’ll have to wait to Sunday evening to see if their is some validity to that statement or just wishful thinking. This one should be interesting!
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Written by Arthur Kai