In the Raiders' Saturday matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, the message Kiffin sent out was that we would pass early and often in the game. I am not so sure that was a good idea, but the coaches were able to judge the receivers on performance. Which is what the preseason is all about.
I know that the fans at the game were not ecstatic about the results, but it wasn't an angry mob. It was more a congregation of crushed expectations. At any rate, the team did look decent while passing the ball, but they were unable to score.
The first-string defense suffocated the Cardinals' passing game in the first half. Matt Leinart threw three interceptions, and the defense also recovered a fumble. This is what Raider fans have been talking about. Our pass defense WILL be among the league's elite.
During the first half, some of the calls were ridiculous. The pass to McFadden was clearly forward and incomplete, yet somehow they call a completed catch and a fumble. This will always happen to the Raiders; it's just the way it is.
On top of that, the catch by Zach Miller was called incomplete, was reviewed, but again was ruled incomplete. I thought I saw his knee come down in bounds, but I am no official. I used to be, but I guess I lost the few skills I had.
Raider fans, let it be known that we gave the world our game plan, and they barely stopped our passing game. So, in the regular season, expect us to set up the passing game with our running game. Expect us to open up the plays that Russell rolls out on.
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