Aaron Curry got his bully on and blew up Marcus McNeill. And for that he gets the esteemed honor of winning this week's power play. My initial reaction was to go with a Denarius Moore TD, or a Michael Bush run. But upon further reflection, it had to be this play.
After all, this play not only flashed crushing power, but it changed the game. The score was 0-0 when this play occurred. This was the Chargers second drive, and they had moved the ball fairly easily before being stuffed on the goal line on their first drive.
Then, on the second play of the second drive, Curry established the tone that the Raiders were going to out physical the Chargers.
Curry didn't make the tackle on this play. It wasn't even his job to make the tackle in this situation. And that is part of the reason why I am highlighting this play. Curry could have accepted the fact that he was going to be taken out of the play, and simply tried to stand his ground.
Instead, he went above and beyond, and decided to put the hurt on.
This is the way that this team needs to play. Every players needs to whoop the man in front of them. They need to attack with ferocious explosion.
It isn't that they need to knock players out with injuries, but that they need to dominate them in a way that makes them not quite as excited to come back out of the huddle on the next play.
This particular play did knock McNeill. Luckily, it was just a stinger, and nothing serious. But in the wake of his absence, Kamerion Wimbley was able to abuse his replacement to the tune of four sacks. And the message was clear at this point: the Raiders meant business.
This is the kind of intensity the Silver and Black needs to bring to their next game and everyone after that.