Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Scoreboard, Baby!

This Raiders 16 to 13 victory over the Jets in OT was especially sweet for me. I made the trek from LA to Oakland with my nephew to witness this exciting, inspiring, and dramatic contest. Prior to this game, it had been a long stretch of coming up empty ... the last time I had experienced a live win was on September 28, 2003 when the Raiders defeated the Chargers 34 to 31.

Here are some observations and key performers from Sunday:

* Nothing beats the euphoric feelings of exiting the stadium with a stirring "W".

* Rookie DE Trevor Scott, a 7th round selection, had a game he can tell his grandchildren ... 2 sacks of Favre including an OT sack on 3rd down in OT.

* WR Javon Walker finally played a complete game with 5 receptions for 75 yards and 1 TD reception.

* ST Jon Alston's 22 yard scamper on a fake punt play was pivotal and a momentum changer.

* CB DeAngelo Hall, who has been picked on both literally and figuratively, played solid in coverage limiting Favre's production.

* The Raiders D was the inspiration and backbone of this victory. The Jets averaged 28 points per game going into this contest but came away with a mere 13 points. Favre was sacked, pressured, and hit throughout the game. Hall and Gibril Wilson had critical interceptions.

* QB JaMarcus Russell was steady at the helm (17 for 30, 1 TD, 0 Int) and stepped up on the final possession in OT to put together 2 long completions (16 yards to Walker and 27 yards to Miller) that led to the game winning FG.

* Last but not least, K SeaBass was clutch booting a record 57 yard FG in OT to seal the deal.


Anonymous The Raider said...

Longest FG in OT History ... in the entire league's history.


I'm going to be at the Baltimore game.
Go Raiders!!!

1:40 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

CJ, I'm glad you got to see them win. I'm hoping to see the same when I go in December.

1:25 PM  
Blogger kigleigh said...

What a relief!!Great kick and great for Cable to get away with the blown 'iceing the kicker' call too,though i don't think we'll be seeing him do that again anytime soon.Lets hope this is a step toward respectability guys.
Congrats on being present at a win again CJ,were still hoping to see our first EVER win but i am feeling a little more confident after Sunday's game.
Beat the Ravens this week and maybe,just maybe,we might have got something going.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Hey! I hope all 3 of you experience the euphoria of a live "W" this season. It had been so long since I had witnessed a "W" that I forgot how the feeling of pure joy envelopes your body, mind, and soul while exiting the stadium! The chorus of "RAAAAAAIIIII .... DERSSSSSS" was sweet music to my ears.

Hope everyone has a great week! CJ ;)

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