The Oakland Raiders collect their first pair of back to back wins for the first time since the end of the 2008 season, as they take down the Seattle Seahawks 33-3. The Raiders avoided following their track record of laying an egg after a big win, as they dominated the Seahawks from start to finish.
Led by the solid play of quarterback Jason Campbell who threw for 310 yards and two scores, and running back Darren McFadden who rushed for 111 yards, the Raiders sit at 4-4 and are at the .500 mark this early in the season for the first time since 2002. Wide Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey also had a big day with 5 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders produced over 500 yards of offense, making it the first time in franchise history that they have put together back to back performances of 500 plus yards. The Raiders offense was finally able to maintain consistency from one week to the next.
“It means we are growing, we are getting better and we got some things going in the right direction and there’s some consistency with that for the first time in quite some time,” coach Tom Cable said.
Last week Oakland’s offense took center-stage, this week their defense laid down the hammer only giving up a total of 3 points and 162 total yards of offense to the Seahawks. The defense had 8 sacks and only allowed a total of 47 rushing yards, clearly dictating the pace of the game, thanks to the scheme of defensive coordinator John Marshall. The Raiders defense did not give up a first down until 27 minutes into the ball game. The speed of this Raiders defense was to much for the Seahawks’ offense.
The only down side to Sunday’s game was the lost of Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who left the game in the 4th quarter with a sprained ankle. X-rays were negative, but team officials do not now the time table of his return. Hopefully, he will be available as the Raiders go up against the AFC West division leading Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) next week, as they look to put together their first 3 game winning streak in quite a while, and more importantly come to within half of a game of the Chiefs. Its been a long time coming, but its finally refreshing to see Oakland learning how to win again.
About the Author
Written by Arthur Kai