Monday, November 01, 2010

Sea Chickens Wings Torn Apart

Raiders 33 - Sea Chickens 3

For me, believe it or not, this destruction of the Sea Chickens somehow was more gratifying and fulfilling than the record setting Donkey beat down last week.

Why? Because it showed the team has finally turned the proverbial corner by playing solid, winning football in all 3 phases of the game for 4 full quarters IMMEDIATELY after a big win.

There was no let-down. The players didn't rest on their laurels. The coaching staff did an excellent job preparing the team. By executing the game plan and minimizing mistakes, the team established a much needed level of consistency. For the Raiders to become a playoff caliber team, it will need to continue to perform at a high level on a week to week basis.

The D was "lights-out" from the opening snap to the very end. This was without question, the best defensive effort in a VERY long time. In particular, an aggressive and effective pass rush was the key to disrupting the Sea Chickens pass offense and QB Hasselback's rhythm. Here are some of the more revealing defensive stats which indicates total domination:

* Seattle had a meager 162 total net yards (47 rushing, 115 passing)
* 8 sacks; Seymour (2); Wimbley (2); Branch; Shaughnessy; Houston; Kelly
* The Sea Chickens converted only 1 of 16 3rd down attempts (6% conversion rate)
* The average gain per play for Seattle was a microscopic 2.7 yards
* In the 1st half, the Sea Chickens make only 2 total first downs

Although the Raiders offense started slowly, it ended up with more total net yards (545) than in the Bronco annihilation. For the second straight week, the Raiders offense was very balanced (239 yards rushing; 306 yards passing) and opportunistic. 4 players accounted for plays of 40+ yards (McFadden 49 yard run; Reece 51 yard reception; Bush 53 yard reception; DHB 69 yards TD reception). Also for the second straight week, the offense had zero turnovers. With QB Campbell managing the game well and McFadden running for another 100+ yards day (21 carries, 111 yards, 5.28 avg), the offensive unit had a solid platform to insure the game was firmly in hand.

Up Next Week:
A huge divisional game at home vs. the 5-2 Condiments. What's interesting about this upcoming game with the Ketchup and Mustard men is that the teams are almost a mirror image of each other.

Rebuild R Us: 2 teams in the midst of rebuilding after many years of ineptitude finally turning the corner.

Game Managers: Campbell & Cassell

Youthful Explosion: Both teams are littered with young, key starters from the past 3 years' drafts.

Run, Run, Run: The strength of both teams is clearly the rushing attack with a multi-pronged, committee approach (McFadden & Charles; Bush & Jones)

Surprise Ds: Both in top 10

I give the Chefs the edge in their WR corps/depth (Bowe over our new #1 DHB).

I give the Raiders a noticeable edge in pass rush D.

Both teams want to establish the run, play action pass off the run, stop the other team's run at all costs.

The Raiders have played inspiring football in 3 of their last 4 games and have more momentum plus the home crowd. This game has the feel of a playoff game. It is the "Who is for real?" game. Ultimately, I believe it will come down to which team's run defense is more effective and does a better job limiting the big 15+ yard carries.


Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

Never has 4-4 looked so sweet! The last two games seem to have taken the collective fan frustration about lack of scoring (and execution in general), and channeled it into textbook Raiders dominant performance. Are these the same clowns that lost to the Whiners?! Like the Giants across the Bay, this team. Now appears to understand it has the talent, ability, and drive to win. Keep it up, boys!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Raider Nate 75 said...

I give the Raiders the edge here; if we continue to stop the run; and force them to pass in our man-2-man coverage. I think we will be able to force some turnovers on that aspect.

For me the difference isn't the offensive passing game, but who has the better pass defense.

The Oakland Raiders are currently #5 in the League on Pass Defense; and the Condomints are #23.

The flip side of that is that the Raiders are #26 in the League against the run, and the Condomints are #7 in the League. But they have only played the Colts and Texans as the only teams with a somewhat legitimate running game.

They held Joseph Addai (suspected of injury going into the game) to 50 yards; and still lost the game. They gave up 71 yards on 18 carries to Arian Foster, in a loss to the Texans (305 yards passing for Schaub).

I give the Raiders the edge here. 35-17 is my final score prediction.

3:06 PM  

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