Oakland Raiders Barely Survive in Win Over Philly

Al's WingmanAnalyst IOctober 19, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 18:   JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders passes against Victor Abiamiri #95 of the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 18, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Let's hope the hard-fought win over the Eagles was not the shining moment for the Raiders this season. 

It's nice to be 2-4 instead of 1-5, but let's see this win for what it is—a great defensive effort and a barely acceptable offensive effort. 

The running game still has not emerged and one passing touchdown does not make up for the underwhelming output JaMarcus Russell and the receiving corps has accomplished to date.

While Russell threw for over 200 passing yards, a good chunk of that came on one touchdown to Zach Miller. In terms of passing production, Russell is still not getting it done.

In both Raider wins this season, a single touchdown in each has enabled the win.

If not for Sebastian Janikowski's perfect 9-for-9 on field goals thus far, the Raiders could be 0-6.

While the Eagles represent a quality opponent, it is obvious they did not bother to show up. Let’s give them their due. Maybe the long distance flight made them sleepy or maybe they did not consider working for a living on Sunday. 

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And even if Tom Cable manages to avoid more legal troubles, he will likely blow a gasket if he continues to get all worked up on the sidelines. Blowing a gasket when you are a middle aged fat man usually leads to bad things. 

A word of advice: have some salad and relax, Tom. We already know you have a temper. You have nothing to prove to us.

While we like to see some emotion, overreacting to every little thing is pointless and paints you as desperate.

The Oakland defense finally moved off from their glaringly obvious man-to-man/single high safety look to Cover 2. The change helped, but let's not kid ourselves. Donovan McNabb has seen Cover 2 defenses before, so changing up the look did not fool anyone. It just so happens the Raiders played good defense and McNabb did not bother to focus on the game. (Just like he did in the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots a few years back). 

The last time we saw good defense from Oakland was in the opener against San Diego. (We'll leave out the Chiefs game out of mercy to Kansas City).

At this pace we can expect good defense from the Raiders every five games.

How long can the defense prop up a sluggish offense?

One touchdown does not a season make. Russell is not off the hook so easily. He still has everything to prove in the NFL.

More is also expected from the receivers if the Raiders are to have any chance at more wins.


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