Monday, November 08, 2010

A Star Is Born

Raiders 23 - Condiments 20 (OT)

Rookie WR/KR Jacoby Ford had a breakthrough, star making performance yesterday. He became just the second player in NFL history to have at least 140 receiving yards and 150 kick return yards in a game during the Raiders 23-20 OT win over the Ketchup and Mustard men.

In this critical, bitter rivalry game, Ford had 6 receptions for 148 yards (24.7 avg.) and 158 kick return yards. More importantly, Ford made 4 pivotal, high impact plays.

Play 1 - "Take it to the House"
Setting: Raiders down 0-10 at the half and receive the kickoff to open 2nd half.
Play: 94 yard kickoff return TD
Impact: This play flipped the momentum and energy switch instantaneously.
Score Differential: From 0-10 to 7-10

Play 2 - "Creeping and Crawling"
Setting: Raiders up 14-13 at the beginning of the 4th quarter
Play: 37 yard reception where Ford came back for the ball, crawled, turned and made the catch.
Impact: This play set the Raiders up for an important lead stretching FG. Ford showed his determination and improvisational skills.
Score Differential: From 14-13 to 17-13

Play 3 - "Kleptomania"
Setting: Raiders down 17-20 with :25 left in the game
Play: 19 yard reception where Ford stole the ball from DB Flowers and made an acrobatic game saving catch.
Impact: This play put the Raiders in FG range to send the game into OT.
Score Differential: From 17-20 to 20-20

Play 4 - "Speed Kills!"
Setting: Raiders 1st offensive play in OT after forcing the Condiments into a 3 & out
Play: 47 yard reception where Ford tracked the deep strike from Campbell and made a final burst of acceleration to secure the ball.
Impact: This play put the Raiders in FG range to win in OT.
Score Differential: From 20-20 to 23-20 victory


Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a game, great to see the team hang in with pride and poise. Ford was amazing, he literally won the game for us.... going to be exciting to see more of him. Props to the D, and McFadden really running with intensity and menace, all good stuff. Let's keep it going.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Didn't notice it on TV but look at the blatant pass interference in your picture for the last play of OT. Wonder if that would have been called?

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Health permitting would the wr lineup be

Murphy and Schilens starting and Ford playing in the slot? (In other words DHB 4th at best)

Florida Raider

8:16 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

No question that the referees called a very poor game. Fortunately, this team showed the heart and character to overcome.

After the bye week, I think the coaching staff should look to find a way to get Ford on the field as a TRUE deep threat and playmaker. Whether it is in the slot in 3 WRs sets or cutting into DHB's time, so be it.

Q: When was the last time you saw DHB make a play deep down the field? He might have blazing speed but he isn't faster than Ford.

Our ideal situation is to ease Shillens back into the fold and by week 12 have a 1,2 punch of Shillens and Murphy plus a mix of Ford and DHB rotated into 3 WR sets and to give Shillens and Murphy a blow.

If/when this teams gets healthy, look out!

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

3 wins in one! The Raiders beat the Chiefs, the refs, and their own stupidity. But oh so true -- a star was born that day in Oak-Al Coliseum. I say lead with a WR package of Murphy and Ford, and use the other mooks in slot, 4 WR packages, etc.

2:55 AM  
Anonymous Tooz 72 said...

RaiderMike88p -- feel better, dude. Maybe a nice beat down of the Steelers will help! Dare we think of the great 1970's Steelers/Raiders rivalry? Big game on Saturday, then this game on Sunday. A great weekend!

8:23 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Raiders @ Steelers ...

whichever team can exert their will and sheer physicality will deserve to win.

If ever there was a game this season where our men in the trenches put us back on the path to glory, it is in Pittsburgh.


9:45 PM  

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