Buckle Your Chinstraps: Can the Oakland Raiders Offense Keep It Up?

Bret ArmstrongAnalyst IOctober 21, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13: Chaz Schilens #81 of the Oakland Raiders catches a pass over Courtney Brown #27 of the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Hype, hype, hype.

If you ain't in the mood, go away now!

Chaz Schilens is expected to come out and play for the first time since August 13, 2009 this weekend.

It couldn't be better timing. The Raiders are coming off a huge win and they have the Jets coming into town coming off of three straight losses, flying across the country.

The offense looked a lot less problematic last week when they actually helped keep the defense off the field for a majority of the time for the first time since San Diego.

In response, the defense lit up the Eagles, putting up top five numbers against the second highest scoring team in the league.

So now the $5,000 question: Can the offense build on their success?

All signs point to yes.

Betting men are putting money on Oakland getting their second straight win Sunday.

Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins is going onto their IR list.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is coming off a five interception game, which he certainly wants to forget about with a big game on the road.

However, there is an X-Factor for Oakland, and that is the will of JaMarcus Russell. After a week in which some might say he outgunned Donovan McNabb, you can bet your butt he doesn't want the rookie Sanchez to come out and outperform him at home.

He'll have help too. The return of Chaz Schilens marks the return of JaMarcus' other favorite target, the one not named Zach Miller. 72.6% of 202 voters in my poll say that Chaz Schilens will help the anemic Oakland passing game.

Gary Russell earned himself another start at fullback last week with and impressive showing, so he will help and move the chains when needed. 72% of the 139 people who voted in my poll asking if Gary Russell was the fullback Oakland is looking for said he either has the potential, or is a prize in training.

In addition, KSFO 560 radio play-by-play man, Greg Papa called out Louis Murphy this week. Murphy was a guest on Papa's television show on Comcast Sports, and he made sure to let Murphy know that he hasn't been quite the same receiver since the Houston game.

Mind you, there is no game-plan in place for this week yet, but there are some motivated guys in Oakland this week.

I'm sure Zach Miller wants to keep up his momentum coming off a big week, and I know the Jets secondary is good, but there is no way they can cover all these guys.

It will be even more difficult for them trying to stop Oakland's rushing attack without their big man in the middle as well.

Do I think Oakland's offense can do it again? Hell yea I do!

Check out what Richard Seymour said: http://fanhuddle.com/oaklandraiders/2009/10/21/richard-seymour-says-the-raiders-will-be-in-the-playoffs/


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