That was one fantastic tribute to Al Davis this past Sunday against the Texans. It was great to see us finish the game when it looked like we were going to let them go down and score to win the game just like the Bills did. They held on strong and delivered a performance that we all know is the essence of the Raiders. Just win baby, anyway we need to. We don't care how ugly it might be or how pretty it might be, just get that W on the board and move on to next week.
We beat up the Texans' quarterback and made him not want to take even one more hit Sunday. That made a big difference when it came to the end of the game. If Schaub isn't getting beaten to a pulp through the whole game maybe he does try to run that. Tommy Kelly thinks if he had taken off running on the final play he would have scored. Kelly even went as far as to say this:
"Old boy Choked, all he had to do was run it in. Simple as that, he choked"
I personally do not agree. I think Branch was going to turn Schaub into a pretzel if he did go forward any further, but he certainly had a better chance of scoring by running than he did throwing that ball. He just did not want to get hit again and panicked. I honestly can not imagine a better win for Al than to win it that way. "The QB must go down, and he must go down hard" was one of Al's all time quotes, and we won this game because we lived by it.
I personally think that the quote by Kelly probably should not have been said. I think he is not giving enough credit to our safety coming at Schaub like a missile, and I think (even if he is correct) it is bulletin board material we don't need the Texans to have if we meet them again this year. Oh well though, it has already been said. He is just living by Hue Jackson's mantra of walking with a big stick and swinging it. I think he should choose his battles more wisely in the future though. The comment, true or not, was just not really needed.
We also may have seen the official coming out party of one Darrius Heyward-Bey. He played so well that Screwfish even retired his beloved moniker of "Dick Hands"! He had 7 catches for 99 yards with a fantastic TD for his stat line. Well, it just says TD on the official stats but I added the fantastic part. His stat line only says half the story though. DHB played with a personality that we had yet to see. He played with emotion that we hadn't seen yet, and I sincerely hope that he plays with that emotion from now on. He knew how much Al did for him and wanted to honor Al in the best way he saw fit, by winning.
DHB has played very well all year, even in the Jets game where he was shut down by Revis he played a pivotal role by demanding the attention of the best corner in the league. This is the third year for DHB, and I believe just like Roddy White that this is the year that he is finally putting it all together. That is big talk that might come back to bite me in the ass but to me his play this season has shown us what it is that Al saw to draft him so high.
His smile on his face in the video OakFoSho posted is absolutely priceless. He looks like a person who finally had the world lifted off his back. He looks like a man that is finally going to play the way he always knew he could. He looks like a man that now has the confidence to play like the player that Al always knew he was. Good for him and lets all look forward to seeing a whole lot more of it in the near future. In my humble opinion, DHB has become The Man and Tommy Kelly probably should shut up after a big win for his team.