G Man Leads Raiders In 4th Quarter Offensive Explosion

Adrian EspinozaContributor IDecember 6, 2009

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Bruce Gradkowski #5 of the Oakland Raiders throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Gradkoski aka Gman is no doubt making a strong case to be the future of the Oakland Raiders. At the age of 26 he still is young and could be the face of the franchise for years to come if he continues to play like he did against the steelers. The Raiders scored 27 points in this game almost triple their avg for the season. G man went 20/33 308 yds and 3 TD's with no int's. I cant remember the last time a Raider QB threw for 300 yards.

Not to be outdone the other star of the day was the steal of the draft for the Raiders. Louis Murphy having not played most of the 3 first quarters came up hure in the 4th. Murphy had 4 catches 128 yds and 2TD's. Higgins started in place for the injured DHB but Murphy is making his case to break the starting lineup or making the Raiders go to three wide more often.

The biggest asset that Gradkowski showed throughout the game was being able to feel the pressure and elude the rush. Making plays when there was a breakdwn in the line or when a free man got through on the rush. Gradkowski is showing all the skills that seem to be lacking in Jamarcus Russell game. G man is 2-1 as a starter and again after another good game is making people say "Russell who ? "

So for the 4th week this season we as Raider fans can hold our heads up high. Even though this season is lost the future is looking bright with the play of Gradkowski. We are a few players away from being a true playoff team. There are some pieces in place. The young crew of wideouts will only be better next year with a full year under the belt.