Jacksonville at Oakland: 10 Keys to the Game for the Oakland Raiders
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The Raiders are in a must-win situation this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Oakland. To keep their playoff hopes alive, here are 10 keys to the game:
The Jaguars' rushing defense gives up 163 rushing yards a game. This is a prime time for Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp to lean heavy on running backs Darren McFadden, Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones. If this zone-blocking offense works, it should work against this defense.
Control the clock
See key No. 1. When not handing the ball off, Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer needs to use the middle of the field. Tight end Brandon Myers has to continue from last week and win the battle in the middle. Conservative pass plays and an aggressive run offense will be a major key. Doing this, you’ll get a few chances down the field to…
Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore
Raiders wide receiver had a big game last week versus the Atlanta Falcons, catching five passes for 104 yards. Oakland will have similar opportunities by utilizing a run-heavy play action against the Jaguars' defense.
Will running back Darren McFadden eclipse 100 yards this week versus the Jaguars?
Rushing defense versus Maurice Jones-Drew
Maurice Jones-Drew has rushed for 100 yards only once so far this season. The Oakland Raiders' defense gives up 111.8 yards per game on average. Stuffing the middle of the field will be huge, as Jones-Drew is Jacksonville’s only true threat on offense.
Pressure on QB Blaine Gabbert
Now is the time for Matt Shaugnessy, Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly and Lamarr Houston to pin their ears back and get after second-year Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert. He’s currently leading the last-place passing offense in the NFL for a reason.
Raiders pass defense
Miles Burris, Rolando McClain and Philip Wheeler will need to shut down Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis, who is tied with the team lead of receptions with 14 catches (16 targets) for 116 yards and two touchdowns. That in turn with another strong performance by Raiders safety-turned-cornerback Michael Huff will help keep the Jaguars' offense one dimensional.
Jaguars offense last in the NFL with 142.8 yards of passing offense
The Oakland Raiders reverted to form last week with 12 penalties for 110 yards. The Raiders need to prove that the decrease in penalties in the weeks before was not because of the replacement referees, but because of newfound discipline.
Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp
Coach Knapp needs to put together an efficient, clock-controlling offense that does not put the ball at risk and controls the clock. Learn from last week’s loss and continue to attack to middle of the field and between the tackles.
Oakland Raiders' Prevent Defense
DON’T USE IT! If history has taught us anything, it’s that, for the Raiders, the prevent defense only prevents them from winning. Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and head coach Dennis Allen need to stay aggressive on defense.
Aggressive, aggressive, aggressive! Press the corners, load the box and get after the quarterback. Act like you are the big bully on the field and push your opponents around.
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