Oakland Raiders Whip The Denver Broncos: How Did They Do It?
What football team was this?
Was this the same coaching staff?
How did the Oakland Raiders blow out the Denver Broncos?
Was this good Raiders or bad Broncos?
Even if it is bad Broncos, it's still has to be good Raiders because the score was 59-14. The Raider's big win was due to good coaching, some players surprising while other players finally get opportunities.
The usual suspects were also there.
Turn the page to see who they are.
Tom Cable Had Them Ready.
Tom Cable had the troops ready beyond anything I've seen to this point this year. I have criticized him to no end up to this point and even clamoured for his firing.
I still have some questions about some of the guys he starts at a couple of positions but won't go there this week. The key is that he had the guys that started ready to play this week.
The one thing that I can't quite let go of are the wasted timeouts due to not getting the play in. While the Raiders dominated this game, those types of things will cost the Raiders in closer games.
Another thing I will mention is Michael Huff was at corner at the end of the game. It doesn't mean anything but it means something.
Cable and company are thinking about it.
Good job coach!
A few more games like this and I'll apologize for wanting him fired.
Hue Jackson Got Something Out Of The Quarterback and Called a Good Game
Hue Jackson called a great game on Sunday but that was not the full extent of what he did. The first thing he did was get into the mind of starting quarterback Jason Campbell.
Campbell has an analytical type of personality and it often hurts him while he tries to be perfect. Jackson told Campbell, "Just play the game and don't worry about being perfect. Sometimes you think you have to be perfect on every throw on every play."
Now that's how you prepare a man mentally to go out and do his thing.
Then on Sunday, Jackson would call a perfect mixture and run plays and pass plays. It seemed like the run plays set up the deep balls and visa-versa.
The run plays and deep balls would then go on to set up passes to the tight end and running backs.
It wasn't the run the ball up the middle then throw on third and long like last week. He actually took ownership of the bad game that he called last week and put things together this week.
This is what I expected from Jackson.
Jim Marshall Dialed Up Pressure
John Marshall finally called his type of game against the Broncos on Sunday. He knew he had to make the NFL's second leading passer uncomfortable in order not to be picked apart.
So Marshall sent blitzer after blitzer and got 4 sacks and 5 hits on the quarterback to go with numerous pressures. Bronco quarterback Kyle Orton was held way under is yard per game average as a result.
I was looking for this from Marshall as well.
Jason Campbell: Surprise
Looking at Jason Campbell Sunday really made me wonder.
Do you look at his play early this season or look at his career numbers and expect the averages to play themselves out?
Did he just happen to play well or is it the fact that he finally had time to throw?
Did his talk with Jackson finally get him to start using that big arm?
I was done with Campbell and clamoured for Kyle Boller to start in Sunday's game. But Campbell actually threw the deep ball on Sunday and his receivers made plays for him.
He even showed some pocket presence and mobility.
I guess he has earned the right to start one more week to see if he can do it again. After all, he is the first Raider quarterback to win a game that he started this year.
But he has to do it a few more times in a row to prove that he's the guy.
Jared Veldheer: Surprise
Jared Veldheer looked horrible while in the rotation with fellow left tackle Mario Henderson. All the he did was take turns giving up sacks so I wandered what he did to earn the starting left tackle spot.
But Veldheer surprised me on Sunday.
He did cost the Raiders with a few false starts but the man blocked very well in not giving up a sack. The Bronco's two best pass rushers didn't play on Sunday but Veldheer stopped the man in front of him.
Then he went to center for injured Samson Satele and did well there.
Let's see what he does for an encore.
Samson Satele: Surprise
Satele has been the subject of my criticism for far too long.
He played as if he read every article I've written about him.
Denver Bronco nose tackle Jammal William's best days are behind him and the San Diego Chargers did cut him. However, Satele has struggled with lesser nose tackles than William's so kudos for that.
Satele left the game with a concussion so I doubt he'll get a chance to do it two games in a row.
Chris Johnson: Surprise
The Raiders have not been able to get very many turnovers so far this season. Looking at his play so far this year, Chris Johnson is the last one I expected to take an interception to the house.
But he took Orton's first pass back 30 yards for a Raider touchdown. He did give up a 46 yard reception late in the game but his play at the beginning set the tone for the game.
Cable mentioned that he had a concussion in a post game interview so we'll see if he plays next week.
Nick Miller: Opportunity
Nick Miller has been returning punts for the last couple of week and doing a good job. But on Sunday, Miller did more than just give the Raiders good field position.
He made a huge play when given the chance.
Early in the third quarter, Miller went up an got a deep ball from Campbell for a 32 yard gain. You can't call that a crucial play but it let's Cable know that he will make a play when given an opportunity.
It also let's the league know that there's more than just Louis Murphy to hurt them deep.
Mike Mitchell: Opportunity
Mike Mitchell was on the field more than at any time I can remember during his stint in Raider Nation. He played well to reward Cable and company for counting on him.
Mitchell lead the team in tackles on Sunday with five and had a pass defensed as well. However, Mitchell made his impact they way Al Davis expected him to when he drafted him.
He hit people very hard.
More importantly, he made the tackle as the Raiders last line of defense.
All this kid needs is a chance.
Starting free safety Michael Huff did play corner at the end of the game.
Does this mean Mitchell will get his chance.
Kamerion Wimbley: Opportunity/Usual Suspect
Kamerion Wimbley has played well all year so far.
He has also pressured the quarterback when given the chance but the Raiders never blitz. Well, Sunday was a deferent occasion as the Raiders blitzed and Wimbley got himself a sack.
He also got himself a couple of tackles and did well in pass coverage.
I hope they let Wimbley blitz more.
Richard Seymour: Usual Suspect
Richard Seymour was again himself on Sunday.
He put relentless pressure on the quarterback and didn't give and inch in the run game. His relentless pursuit did end up getting Seymour a sack on the day.
Barring injury, the Raiders can count on efforts like that from Seymour all year.
Nnamdi Asomugha: Usual Suspect
Nnamdi Asomugha is the best in the game.
The one 46-yard catch Lloyd did have was when Johnson was on him.
We already know what Asomugha will do going forward.
Zach Miller: Usual Suspect
Zach Miller did his thing again on Sunday.
The Raiders have to find more ways to get him the ball.
Perhaps things will be more open for him as McFadden stays in the lineup and Chaz Schilens comes back. It is was, Miller had 65 yards on just three catches including a 43-yard touchdown reception.
I just don't see how opposing defenses will defend an offense with Miller, Schilens, Louis Murphy, and McFadden in it.
Miller has to go to the Pro Bowl this year.
Darren McFadden: Usual Suspect
Darren McFadden is outrunning his bust label to become a usual suspect this year. I have argued with many in Raider nation over who should be the starting quarterback for the Raiders but it doesn't matter.
Tell me if the starting quarterback has McFadden in the lineup and I will tell you his chances of success. The Oakland Raider offense will only go as far as McFadden can take them.
He is very similar to how Marcus Allen was when played for the Raiders.
McFadden is the most important Raider on the offense.
He opens things up the passing game with his running.
He even opens thing up for others when he goes out on a pass route.
He has to be accounted for on every play because he can go all the way on any play. Just like he did on the 57-yard touchdown run he had in the third quarter on Sunday.
McFadden ended up with 165 yards on 16 carries and had 2 catches for 31 yards.
This is what McFadden was drafted in the first round for.
He just has to stay healthy for the rest of the year.