The Raiders face a must win game on Sunday following their loss to the Tennessee Titans. There were reports coming out that the Raiders were over confident heading into Tennessee.
While many reporters and fans think it is stupid for the Raiders to have that type of confidence, I think it's great.
Now that they were humbled they can get back to work like they should. Confidence and Swagger has been missing for a long time in the Raider locker room so it's good its coming back.
Let's take a look at ten players that must step it up against the St. Louis Rams.
Jason Campbell didn't have the best debut as a Raider, but it was only week one. The regular over reacting fans were already calling for Bruce Gradkowski and on ESPN 1430 in Fresno, California they compared him to JaMarcus Russell.
He must lead the offense to more points and produce better numbers. It may be hard if no one is blocking for him.
Campbell must have a better game for the Raiders to beat the Rams.
If you look on film the Titans were getting a great jump on the snap count for the Raiders. A Titans player said Jason Campbell would lean back right before the snap.
If that was the case it would make it hard for any left tackle to block efficiently if the defense knows when the ball is about to be snapped.
Mario Henderson worked hard during the off season and he needs to have a better game.
Jared Veldheer hasn't played center since high school and Tom Cable thinks he can play it in the NFL. He had a shaky first game, which happens to rookies.
There were issues on some of the snaps, but him and Jason Campbell will get that worked out during the season.
He must have a strong game against the Rams if the Raiders want to minimize errors on offense.
Darrius Heyward-Bey looks stronger and his hands look better than last year, but he was only held to one catch in the season opener.
DHB can't be invisible this year he has to perform. The Raiders need him to be play making receiver they drafted him to be.
If DHB can make plays and catch the ball against the Rams, the Raiders offense will look much better.
Darren McFadden had one of his best games as a pro against the Titans. He showed his versatility by running well and catching the ball.
He must continue to produce these kind of numbers throughout the season. The Rams rush defense wasn't that impressive against the Cardinals.
If McFadden sees daylight he could break out a Run DMC type of run we've all been waiting for.
I picked Tyvon Branch to make the probowl this year because he is a tackling machine. He didn't have one of his best games against the Titans, but players like him always bounce back.
He missed a tackle against Chris Johnson that set him free to run for a 72 yard score. He over played the run on a play action pass and gave up a passing touchdown.
If he plays his game against the Rams he'll solidify my probowl prediction.
There was a lot of hype and excitement about Lamarr Houston. He showed a high energy motor during camp and the preseason.
He didn't have much of an impact against the Titans. Though he is only a rookie he must make an impact now. He has a great skill set and has the potential to be one of the Raiders best pass rushers.
He must outshine little Howie Long this Sunday when the Rams come to town.
Roland McClain is another rookie that is starting for the Raiders. He recorded six tackles against the Titans, but he must do better than that.
He is replacing Kirk Morrison who led the team in tackles for a long time.
He has to be around the ball at all times and must make the big stops he was drafted to do.
He'll be tested this week against Stephen Jackson, look for McClain to have his first pro game with double digit tackles.
His stats show that he went 2 for 3 in field goals, but he did miss one that didn't count. This is not like SeaBass.
The guy was one of the best kickers in the NFL last year so he must do better. His field goal percentage currently stands at 66.7. I know it's only the first game, but this is Janikowski he has to do better.
Look for him to possibly break the field goal record against the Rams. Odds are it won't happen but if it does, you can say I called it here first.
The Raiders offense was offensive against the Titans. Most of their yards came when the game was already decided.
Hue Jackson must let the offense loose against the Rams. It looked eerily similar to last years offense. If the Raider Nation wanted three and outs all of the time Tom Cable would have stayed as the play caller.
The Raiders offense must get better and must produce points.
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