The Raiders have once again established the run and they did it on the back of their backup, Michael Bush. Bush had the second most yards by any Raider since 1962 and once again showed us all that he is a pivotal piece to the Raiders. Having a guy who is able to see the holes and make his own when they are not there as well as have great hands in catching the ball can account for part of the victory. The ability to run the ball put the defense of the Chargers on its heels, and allowed Carson Palmer to do something that hasn't been done in quite some time, have a balanced attack. Bush made the safetys move up to help defend the run as well as the screen, and let Denarius Moore go deep.Once again showing us all how important it is to have a run game.
With the up and down season half way over, the Raiders are on top of the division with the rest of their schedule against top teams except for Miami. Our run defense has not been fixed, and if we continue the way we have played the first half, well I don't want to say it. But one thing has occurred, our players are starting to talk like champions. They have taken the lead from Hue Jackson as far as putting responsibility on themselves. Richard Seymour has stated that each individual player needs to step up to maximize this season. In as simple of terms as I can put it, everyone must pull their own weight. And I believe this is happening with the addition of Aaron Curry.
Aaron Curry might pan out to be the biggest acquisition to the Raiders defense in a very long time. Sure we rely on McClain to hold down the linebackers, but in time that will be taken over by Curry. It is amazing to me how Al Davis was always able to take other teams trash and make them champions, and this is happening all over again. Curry played an excellent game on Thursday and I believe was the one person responsible for the victory. Crazy as it sounds, Curry was a one man wrecking ball. Taking out the starting left tackle and making the oline account for where he was. Sure Kamerion Wimbley was an absolute mad man on the outside of the line, but it was Curry with a vicious hit on the left tackle that put him out of the game. It was then that Wimbley was able to run around the back up left tackle and sack Rivers.
Our next game is against the Vikings. This will be the single biggest test to our run defense. Adrian Peterson is the leagues best rusher(I disagree) averaging 5yrds per carry and almost 100yrds per game. If our current run defense shows up then we will allow Peterson to go for 200yrds.+ and probably 3 touchdowns. However, if our offense is able to stay on the field and put up 30+ points, then our defense should be able to hold. I believe Aaron Curry is the key to it all. The man was brought over to the Raiders to help stop the run and so far that hasn't happened. I think it is because he is not focused on what he does well as much as he is trying to improve his pass coverage. I don't think he should be trying to improve on passing defense rather than doing what he does best, stopping the run. And I think it is up to the coaches to work around his weakness to shore up the run defense. In essence, make Curry a spy on both the quarterback and the running back. bring up a safety to double Peterson should he become a receiver. Instead of trying to make the whole Vikings offense beat you, try to take away their biggest weapon, Adrian Peterson. Guys like Percy Harvin are going to have their moments, but Adrian Peterson is going to be in their game plan for the whole game. If we can stop Peterson, I believe we win the game.