Monday, November 28, 2011

Golden Boots

Raiders 25 - Da Bears 20

The Raiders 2 longest tenured players, Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler, booted the team into the win column on Sunday.

SeaBass and Lechler, both drafted in 2000, came up big in a game where the Raiders struggled in the red zone (1-5) and field position was critical.

The offensive unit made just enough explosive plays (Bush-47 yard reception; Myers-24 yard reception; Murphy-47 yard reception) to put up enough points while the D kept the Bears at bay by creating 3 INTs and consistent pressure on Hanie (4 sacks; 6 pressures; 7 QB hits). The final piece to a total team effort and win was an outstanding day for the specials teams led by SeaBass and Lechler.

SeaBass set a franchise record with 6 FGs (40,47,42,19,37,44). For the season, SeaBass is 22 of 24 (91.7 accuracy) and ranked #6 in the league. His 22 made FGs is ranked #5 in the NFL.

Lechler had a franchise record 80 yard punt in the 4th quarter (video link) and had a net average of 49.2 yards for the game. Currently, Lechler is the #1 punter with an average of 51.5 yards per punt and #7 in the league averaging 40.4 net.

These 2 grizzled veterans are a tremendous advantage in the kicking game and the best combination in the entire NFL.

Up Next: On the road at Miami


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Dead on they were the key to the game---Lechler is building a case for the HOF.

How about a shout-out to the genius who drafted them.

I recall many of the pundits criticizing those picks back then. It its good to see Al vindicated, not that he would have cared.

Florida Raider

P.S. During the game one of the commentators mentioned that the only two players left from the first round of the 2000 draft are Sea Bass and Urlacher

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