Bruce Lee , former resident of Oakland and possible Raider fan, had to enter the Tower of Death to reach his goal. Jason and the Argonauts had to battle through a cyclops, the Hydra, and beautiful sirens just to get the Golden Fleece. The Oakland Raiders are on a very similar mission. They must defeat the AFC West monster and either a Jag or a Colt to reach the top!
They must finish off their AFC West adversaries ( Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos) to reach the playoffs and show the world that the Oakland Raiders are the World Champions. Denver will want payback but it will be pointless. Second, the Silver and Black must defeat either the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Indianapolis Colts to get into the mix. Every game won keeps the Raider alive!
These heroes of today must prove to themselves that they are the best and take down the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville! However Raidernation, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been a thorn in the side of the Raiders since their first meeting in 1996.
Since 1996 the Silver and Black has played the Jacksonville Jaguars four times and has only been able to defeat the Jaguars one time. This is why the Raider must maintain the level of play and dominate the Jaguars! This will be accomplished by the very, very powerful defensive line of the Oakland Raiders.
Based on how the team performed against their AFC West adversary last week one has to really wonder. Will the play remain the same against a non-divisional team. If you look at the Raiders past games, its obvious that they can handle their AFC West rivals.
Yet, when the Oakland Raiders matched up against the 49ers, Texans, Steelers and Arizona Cardinals, they failed horribly. Can you expect that to happen in Jacksonville?
Chances are the Oakland Raiders will put it on the line again and let the power running of RB Marcel Reece, Michael Bush and lastly Darren McFadden. If you were able to see the San Diego loss you may have noticed that coach Tom Cable managed the time beautifully with time consumption and utilization of three solid pounders! and jumpers!
The difference in Jacksonville will only be the fans. QB Jason Campbell knows this team is now his. Jason Campbell played another huge game against the Chargers. The Oakland Raiders defense used its time on the field wisely as they pounded the San Diego Chargers and caused turnovers. The Oakland Raiders are just as fast as the Jaguars and should be able to catch game turning interceptions.
Nnamndi Asomughas' presence alone going to become a factor because QB David Garrard has not played against the pro bowl CB and is likely to attempt completions his way. This is gonna be good.
Then there's the ferocity of the Silver and Black Attack! Yes Raidernation , the attack has returned and leading the charge is rookie LB Rolando McClain. We havent had an explosive player like Rolando McClain since Darrell Russell. Who?
Rolando McClain has turned out to be a raging beast for the Oakland Raiders and St.Louis Rams WR Danny Armendola and Chargers RB Darren Sproles will never forget the punishment McClain was able to send their ways. Raider love. Rolando McClain and Darren McFadden just love to give the hits and its paying off well for the Oakland Raiders.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will have there hands full when the Oakland Raiders defense stands before the offense. Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Matt Shaughnessy, Kamerion Wimbley' Mike Mitchell, Rolando McClain, Tyvon Branch, are you scared yet?. These guys are shutting down the run ! Now imagine having to throw the ball against them. Asomugha is the best deflector in the NFL., so there goes one WR. As for his partner, CB Chris Johnson, he will have the assist of Stanford Routt who looked much better.
This will be a close game but in the end the Oakland Raiders will come out on top. They have no choice but to win.Let s not forget the receiving corp of the Oakland Raiders. Jacoby Ford is the real deal! Louis Murphy is a deep threat. When the Oakland Raiders are in synchronicity this team can hurt you....badly. Watch out Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders are in the hunt and big cats are just sport baby.
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