Last week it was the defense who gave the Raiders their best chance to win but the teammates of the week come on the offensive side of the ball. This combination will be critical again this week against the Texans.
The only part of the offense that was actually working properly for most of the game was the the run game. Rashad Jennings was breaking off chunks of yardage in the first half that had him averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He was able to accomplish much of this with the help of the play of Stefen Wisniewski.
Wisniewski was downfield to block for Jennings on several of his good sized runs including his longest run of the day of 18 yards. He also blocked for him on his first carry of the game which came after the Raiders forced and recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff. They got the ball at the Giants five-yard line and Jennings got them to the one-yard line on that first carry running behind Wisniewski. They would punch it in on a quarterback sneak on the next play to take an early 7-0 lead.
Jennings picked up 88 yards on the ground and had over 100 yards of total offense.
Wisniewski also contributed some blocking for Marcel Reece on his longest play of the day -- a 16-yard screen play.
If the Raiders would have stuck with Jennings and Wisniewski instead of going with pass plays in short yardage late it the game, they would probably have won the game.
This combination will be key again this week as the Raiders face the Texans' and their number one ranked defense. J.J. Watt will make things difficult for Raiders undrafted rookie, Matt McGloin in the passing game so they will need strong contributions from Rashad Jennings as well as Wisniewski to help call out the defenses from the line.