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Oakland Raiders: Time to Just Win Baby, Isn't It?

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 26:  Fans of the Oakland Raiders cheer during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 24-23.   (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Mike MillerContributor IISeptember 28, 2010

It’s time to just win baby. Former Denver offensive coordinator and now head coach Gary Kubiak comes to town Sunday and brings his high powered offense. 

Houston’s offense is one that features all world wide receiver Andre Johnson and un-drafted sensation Arian Foster. On opening day the Texans lit up the defending AFC champion Colts and followed that up with a come from behind victory in Washington against the Redskins

Last week they were shut down by a desperate Cowboys team in their bid to go 3-0 to open the young season.

The Raiders limp home after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory with a sub par outing against the Cardinals in a game they didn’t play particularly well, but still had a chance to win if they could have converted a last second field goal.

If the Raiders want to win this week the only thing they should remember about last game is the bitter taste it left in their mouth.  One can only hope they have no desire to ever be on the losing end of a game like that again.

There are a few things that need to happen this Sunday for the Raiders to get a win.  Another few things they can prove to those that doubt they are an up-and-coming team.

To win this weekend they will need to do the following:


-Stop Foster. Don’t get intimidated by his early season success. Step up and punch him in the mouth. Be physical. Make Schaub have to throw for it.

-Put Nnamdi on Johnson and let him do his thing. Last weekend he put on a clinic against a very talented Larry Fitzgerald. Johnson is good, Nnamdi is better.

-Get DMAC involved. Let him get 30-40 touches. He is running hard, not fumbling and is proving difficult to tackle. Make the Texans put eight or nine in the box to shut him down

-The offensive line needs to take the next step. Keep Mario out of the backfield. Open those holes that allow a truck to be driven through.

-Once the run is established let Gradkowski do his thing and find DHB, Murphy and Miller. This trio has the makings of an elite group. Time to take the next step.

-Jano had an off week. For the past years the only thing consistent has been the kicking of Jano and Lechler. We believe in you Jano. Please don’t supply any more reason for that belief to crack.

-Special teams need to not allow any type of good return. In the pre-season this was a weakness. The opening kickoff of the game in AZ showed it’s still a problem. Fix it, period.


To prove they are an up and coming team this weekend the Raiders need to do the following.


-Win, and win convincingly.

-Keep the sacks to a minimum.

-Stop the run.

-Get production from their WR’s.

-Bruce Gradkowski needs to silence his critics.  The Nation is behind you Bruce, for now.

The task at hand is not going to be an easy one. Can it be done? 

Yes. Will it be done? The Nation hopes so.


What happens if they don’t deliver?

-Cable's seat gets a lot warmer, justifiably so.

-The media scrutiny gets a lot harsher.

-The Nation gets restless.

-People start to doubt all over again.


Let’s hope for all the members of the Nation this doesn’t happen.

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