Oakland Raiders: One Small Step for Janikowski and Giant Leap for Team

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IISeptember 13, 2011

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12:  An Oakland Raiders fan holds up a flag before the Raiders take on the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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On Sept 12, 2011 I published an article saying that a new pattern needed to be established in the performance of the Oakland Raiders for the first game of the regular season.

The new pattern is now established, as the Oakland Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos 23-20 Monday night.

The victory will do so much for the morale of the team and the Raider Nation. Most of all, a slothful pattern in first-game performances was demolished and reconstructed with a positive win away from home.

Let's take it one step at a time.

In 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong said, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Let's paraphrase that powerful quote and say that Sebastian Janikowski made a step, and the team, collectively, performed well and made a leap.

Again, we can say that one small step of breaking a record was made by Janikowski, one giant leap for the team was made because the terrible pattern of losing the first game of the regular season has been changed.

In the future, we look forward to breaking other patterns that hinder the progress of the Oakland Raiders as they passionately and aggressively pursue excellence. They seemed more determined to reclaim the glory they so deserve.

Marcel Reese broke a pattern and established a new fact that is worthy of mention. Reese scored the very first touchdown in the 2011 season. That, too, should go down in the history books.

Also, Reese's touchdown will be remembered as the first one made under head coach Hue Jackson.

It's a great day for the Raider Nation. We are definitely feeling good!