Camon Offense, I couldn't even get in my seat before the first Touchdown...WTF?!?!! heh! Welcome to the Dark Side, Raider Nation! What a beautiful Victory! I swear it makes the week a whole lot easier to deal with after the Oakland Raiders win, doesn't it?!?!?
Defense: Your were OUTSTANDING! Time after time after time, you intercepted, you sacked, you covered and made HUGE plays when you needed to while the Offense remained conservative. I honestly can't remember when we were this good in covering and stopping the run. (wait..yes I can: 2002). The Secondary is LIGHT YEARS (or Light Speed) ahead of where they were a year ago. Charles Woodson remains the MVP of the entire team and is a teacher and Master to the entire Defense. DJ Hayden is improving with his coverage and tackling day by day ( 5 Tackles). Mike Jenkins is reading routes like Grade school Text books and grabbed a phenomenal pick Sunday. Tracy Porter remains a Cornerback ball Hawk and also grabbed an interception. All of the guys seem to be making plays and Tyvon Branch isn't even back from Injury! The Front 7 was on too! My Main Man Sio Moore had 4 tackles with TWO awesome sacks! I knew the Dark Side was in him! Lamarr Houston is also on his way to having a Pro Bowl like year with 5 Tackles and 1 sack! I just can't say enough about out D!! As of now, we are 12th in points allowed, 10th in yards allowed, 16th in passing yards allowed and SIXTH in the NFL at rushing yards allowed! Thats's big!!! Keep it up, Grunts!!!
Offense, we were great coming out of the gates, but awful at finishing. If it wasn't for some missed Field Goals, they might of won. (Thank my dreaded Force Powers) Terrelle Pryor stays as the main reason why we win. That 93 yard run beat Bo Jacksons' record as the longest run in Raider History. That's also the longest rush by an NFL Quarterback! WOW! The bad news? 88 yards passing is not going to win many games. I know we were up by a few Touchdowns, but you can't keep your foot off the pedal when the entire team needs you. It seems to me that this Playbook STILL lacks imagination after a period of time. There's just so many times I can see TP3 roll out, look for Receivers, look confused, pump fake and run. Can I get a Trips play? Do we have Tight Ends?!?! How about more designed plays for our PRO BOWL FULLBACK Marcel Reece??!?! Please give me something good to chew on next Sunday, Coaches! You don't want Tie Fighters outside your doors! Finally, Darren McFadden had a decent day with 73 yards and 2 Touchdowns. I'm not great with his average yards per carry..but hey, I'll take it.. we won!!! If I'm thinking as Reggie McKenzie, you still haven't done enough to earn a contract extension. I like the production, but I need more!!! Make it so, Run DMC! I'm praying for ya, kid!
Summary: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Terrelle Pryor took the opening snap of the game, put the ball in Darren McFadden's belly and saw LaMarr Woodley crash down. Then Pryor did what he does best, sprinting 93 yards for a record-setting run that helped the Oakland Raiders shake off any post-bye blues.
"I was very surprised, because it's never open like that," Pryor said. "Very surprised. But with the game plan, the way they put things together, it doesn't surprise me that sometimes it may happen like that."Pryor scored on the longest touchdown run ever by a quarterback and the Raiders hung on to beat thePittsburgh Steelers 21-18 Sunday for their first win after a bye since 2002. McFadden added two touchdown runs and the defense did the rest for the Raiders (3-4), who had been outscored by more than 13 points a game in losing their last 10 games out of the bye. Ben Roethlisberger struggled against heavy pressure from Oakland's front, and Shaun Suisham missed two short field goals as Pittsburgh (2-5) squandered any momentum gained during back-to-back wins following an 0-4 start. "It hurts," Roethlisberger said. "We felt like we were doing some good things and we were getting better. Today, we just weren't there in all phases. We didn't block well enough, we didn't pass well enough, we didn't catch well enough. We just weren't good enough." The Steelers took advantage by a fumble from Jacoby Ford to get in the end zone on a 9-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders and cut the deficit to 21-10 early in the fourth quarter. But Roethlisberger also threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter. Le'Veon Bell's 2-yard TD run followed by a 2-point conversion run by Sanders cut Oakland's lead to 21-18 with 1:24 remaining. But Oakland recovered the onside kick.
But a defense that sacked Roethlisberger five times and forced two second-half turnovers did enough to give the Raiders their third home win in as many games with Pryor as the starter this season.The Raiders got the win despite generating no offense in the second half, gaining one first down and 35 yards of offense in the final 30 minutes. "We are becoming a football team," safety Charles Woodson said. "I think we have some good players that have been assembled on this team, and we're learning how to play together. We're learning each other and what each other's strengths and weaknesses are. We're just making some plays out there." Pryor was far from his best after the first play, completing 10 of 19 passes for 87 yards and two interceptions. He did have his second 100-yard rushing game of the season, finishing with 106 yards on nine carries highlighted by the long run on the first play. "You have to understand the beast that's playing quarterback," Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. "You have to understand what he brings to the game and that that's a part of their game and that they can do that. Once a guy like that gets in front of the whole defense, he's a legit 4.4. It's real. It just looks slow because he's 6-6, but he was moving." The Steelers gained just 35 yards on the ground, allowing Oakland's defense to tee off on Roethlisberger. He withstood the pressure to complete 29 of 45 passes for 275 yards but it wasn't enough. Pryor set the tone on the first play from scrimmage when he kept the ball on a read-option when the Steelers crashed on McFadden and used a strong block by Rod Streater on Troy Polamalu to sprint the length of the field. It was the longest run in Raiders history and longest touchdown run by a quarterback. Oakland dominated the half as Pittsburgh gained 3 fewer yards in the opening two quarters than Pryor had on that one play to open the game."We got the right look," guard Mike Brisiel said. "Man, I don't think anyone was close to catching him. He's like a dad-gum gazelle out there." The Raiders took advantage of a short field after a deflected punt by Rashad Jennings to make it 14-0 on McFadden's first touchdown run. McFadden's keeper from 4 yards from the wildcat formation in the closing minutes made it 21-3. The Raiders survived a pair of interceptions in the half by Pryor, including a late one on a pass that hit receiver Brice Butler in the hands. Pittsburgh failed to capitalize on that gift when Suisham was wide right on a 34-yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds for his first miss of the season. Suisham missed to the right again after a more than 9-minute drive to open the third quarter. "It's no secret the impact my missed field goals had on the game," Suisham said. "We would have won the game if we made my field goals. It's a tough one to swallow; no choice but to do it. I should have been better today and we lost because of it." NOTES: The Steelers lost three offensive linemen to injuries: LG Ramon Foster (concussion), backup LG Guy Whimper (left knee), RG David DeCastro(right ankle). ... The previous long TD run for a QB was an 80-yarder by Kordell Stewart for Pittsburgh against Carolina in 1996.
Alright Nation, thanks for reading if you got this far! Let's clip the Eagles wings with Lightsabers and fly high! See you on the Dark Side! Cheers!! -Darth Raider