Well, that was fun! The Raiders lead the Lions at halftime, 13-7. Oakland opened the scoring with an Eddy Piniero field goal, but it could have been even better, On the first Raiders drive of the game, Marshawn Lynch busted up the left seam for a 60-yard rushing touchdown which was called back due to a dubious holding call on rookie tackle Kolton Miller. That sound you heard was Donald Penn cackling and ordering another yacht.
Connor Cook took over the reins after that and he’s been sharp, leading the Raiders on two scoring drives in the first half. The first Raider touchdown of the year was on a Cook scramble as he eluded the pressure and found WR Ryan Switzer in the back of the end zone for six. Then later on, Cook ran a two minute drill and got the team in a position for another Piniero field goal to end the first half.
The Raiders first-team defense was tremendous, with tacklers swarming to the football and the defensive line overwhelming with pressure. PJ Hall recorded a sack of Matt Cassel on his first play as a professional. Later, Karl Joseph got another sack on a safety blitz. Paul Guenther has called a conservative game, but has dialed up the pressure on occasion.
All in all you have to be happy with what we’ve seen from the team so far. The Lions haven’t been able to do much on defense and the Raiders have rushed for 58 yards, and that total would be doubled if Lynch’s run hadn’t been negated. It’s been a promising start to the Gruden Era Part Deux.
Enjoy the second half!