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The Raiders only allowed 120 yards passing so free safety Michael Huff will get some credit there. But that is not the reason I'm saying that Huff got it done on Sunday.
He made tackles!
Part of being a free safety is being a last line of defense and Huff did a good job with that on Sunday. The Raider defense has given up big runs for touchdowns in the preseason and in week one.
I got all over Michael Huff for not making tackles to save the touchdowns. Huff didn't look pretty in doing it but gave his body up and made the plays when Beanie Wells got lose on Sunday.
The Raiders didn't win Sunday (Thanks to Sebastien Janikowski) but the Raider run defense is now ranked higher. This week the Raider run defense ranking went from number 29 to 23.
Why is this important?
The answer is two-fold.
One, it improves the unit's confidence at stopping the run and confidence is everything to a young team. Then other teams will game plan differently as the Raider's reputation against the run improves.
I like the Raiders chances if opposing teams throw more at the Raider secondary.