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THE DARK SIDE: "YOUR STRENGTH HAS RETURNED"

RAIDERRRRRRRS!!!

I’d like to thank the Las Vegas Raiders (once again) for bringing us ANOTHER thankful, blessed Thanksgiving!
You may not bring us joy all the damn time, but you sure know how to bring us a victory over the hated Donkeys!
Make that SIX in a row!!!!!!

Sure, I know you had your doubts..
Our defense still has a few holes..
The Offense remained in a state of flux after a few Quarters and the play calling still seems confusing to the players..
BUT THE TEAM OVERCAME ADVERSITY IN OT!

The star players shined bright as a lightsaber when they needed to and Raider Nation will always be grateful for games like this!
Derek Carr finished with 307 yards and two touchdowns on 23-for-37 passing. Josh Jacobs ran for 109 yards on 24 carries (plus 51 yards receiving). Davante Adams had seven catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Maxx Crosby had two sacks.

"That’s Raiders football right there," Carr said after he hit a wide-open Adams for a 35-yard touchdown on the first possession of overtime. "That’s the kind of stuff we’re trying to push."
And while the Raiders were penalized nine times for 98 yards, thanks to Carr’s 26th fourth-quarter comeback drive and his 32nd career game-winning drive, it didn’t matter.
What were you thinking #4 after you saw Adams break free of the secondary?
"Don’t overthrow it," said Carr, laughing.

Davante couldn’t believe he was that wide open in the last crucial minutes.
"It happens slow, and it happens fast," he said. "It was just locking on the ball and making the play."
What were the key factors that was needed in that remarkable play?
"A little bit of time. I don’t need much," Adams recalled afterward, and "as soon as I looked, I saw the ball go up. It was a touchdown."
Coach McDaniels remains optimistic in games as long as #17 suits up.
"I think the thing that makes Davante special is just up here," Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said Monday, tapping his right temple.
"He can think, process, understand the way he’s being covered, the way people are playing him, leverage, route technique, setting up his routes, doing a lot of different things that allow him to get open and be special."
Tae also did some previous studying before making the play call request.
"Based off of what I’d seen earlier, I mentioned to coach that I think we might be able to do this. Obviously not force anything, but if it presents itself, we’d have a home run," Adams said.
Coach McDaniels mentioned Davante is also unique when it comes to all around football IQ.
"I think sometimes when young players come into the league, they think it’s all skill and talent. And that’s part of the equation, there’s no question. But I think the other part that he’s really mastered is his ability to set people up. He’s got great savvy and instincts, great awareness," McDaniels said.
"Just his ability to, I’d say, really get good at the other part of the game – the mental part of the game. The play after play, ‘What’s that guy thinking I’m going to do? And I’ve used this, I’ve showed him that stem before. So, now let me counter it with something else.’" Coach said.
"He can play the game within the game, which really just takes you to a whole new level."

With seven games to play, Adams could possibly equal or eclipse his previous career high of 18 touchdowns. He’s on track for 1,572 yards, which would top the 1,553 he tallied last season with the Green Bay Packers.
Most of the critics said this could not be possible with Derek Carr starting every game. Eat it, couch critics…

How about that Maxx "CONDOR" Crosby?
This is the 1st time all season I thought "We ONLY signed him 98 MILLION?? THAT’S A DISCOUNT!"

What can’t the DE do?!?! HE WAS EVERYWHERE!!!
What was the Defensive mindset after playing 5 tough Quarters?
"We wanted this so bad," Crosby said. "We were out there plaing for each other, and we see the results. We can’t get too high or too low, but a moment like this is big for us."
ALL OF US!
One call Maxx was not pleasant with was a third-and-12 for the Broncos at their 29 with 2:56 left in the first half when Crosby was flagged for unnecessary roughness on quarterback Russell Wilson. Drive extended...Crosby was not happy!
"I’m going full speed there," he said.
How can a guy just stop his momentum WITHOUT the force?!?!?! BS!!!
Another HUGE play was when Crosby stripped RB Melvin Gordon after heading for the goal line the near the 2. The Broncos eventually recovered at the 7 but faced fourth-and 5.
So they trotted out place-kicker Brandon McManus with two seconds left and holding a 10-7 lead.
Snap. Hold. Kick...
BLOCKED by Crosby!!!!
"Happy that I got my hand on the ball twice down there," he said.

His peers sure do appreciate the Pro Bowler.

"We all know Maxx is a tremendous player — truthfully, a top 10 defensive player in this league," Duron Harmon said. "Week in and week out, he gives us great energy and plays the right way. He just took over the game when we needed him to. That’s why he’s the player he is." Duron added "If he keeps playing like that, we’re going to be a more and more successful defense."

Talk about a final stat line: Crosby was credited with six tackles (two for loss), two sacks, three quarterback hits, the forced fumble and blocked field goal.

"It’s the little things in football," Crosby said. "The tiny details between winning and losing that we had been missing. Just go out and play for each other with passion — things that require no talent. Everybody is good in this league. Everybody knows football. Everybody knows how to play football."

Sometimes you MAY have to remind them, Maxx!!!

"But it’s the little details that we had today. We had the juice … We’ve been through a lot. I’m just proud of all the guys. They worked their asses off."

They definitely improved in the 4th Quarter.

Crosby also blocked two kicks against the Broncos in Week 17 of the 2020 season, which were the last two blocks for the Raiders in any game.

He is the first Raiders player with a sack, forced fumble and blocked field goal in the same game since 2000 and became the third player in franchise history with at least 30 sacks and 200 tackles in their first four seasons.

MVP! MVP! MVP!!! (Well, maybe a tie with Jacobs and Adams (:)


It appeared that newcomer CB Tyler Hall also made a bit of an impact after recently bringing him up from the practice squad.

Hall had three tackles, including a sack of Russell Wilson. The sack, incidentally, moves him ahead of defensive end Chandler Jones in that category (.5).

Hall, whom the Raiders signed in early October to the practice squad, played at Wyoming and has played with the Falcons and Rams in the first two years of his career

"I just wanted to capitalize on my opportunity. Just trying to make the most of it," Hall said. "Getting that sack was (exciting). There’s things I need to improve on, but it’s all about getting the win. Big game, division game, trying to get our feet back on track. We all fought together today to the end of the whistle."

DT Jerry Tillery was also newer blood recently added to the team. He logged only one tackle but is just getting his feet wet.

"These coaches and the guys on the team have accepted me and brought me along," Tillery said. "I got a small bite of the apple relative to the playbook this week, and I have to earn that trust. I have to earn the trust of the coaches and my teammates, and they’ll be able to have the whole pie, to extend my metaphor."

JUST BRING IT, JERRY!


I guess MORE players deserve that MVP award than I thought. The Offensive Line was OUTSTANDING without our starting LT Kolton Miller. Jermaine Eluemunor was giving all that he could by protecting Carr and helping Josh Jacobs rush for 109 hard yards on a so-called #1 Defense. You have come a long way from Pre Season, sir!

"I am so happy for (Eluemunor)," Carr said. "If there’s one guy that gets, you know, jokes at him all the time, it’s him, but he always comes to work."

Eluemunor has moved all around the offensive line this season, spending time at guard and tackle. In the process, he’s quietly put together a solid season.

"Whatever you ask him to do … play guard … play tackle," Carr said. "The confidence he has, the level of his play since he got here to where it is now, I’m just so proud of him. I need him, and he stepped up in a mighty big way."


RIP DC KICKING STREAK!

Dan Carlson made three field goals in the second half of a 22-16 overtime victory over the Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High, including two from more than 50 yards and a 25-yarder with 16 seconds left in regulation to force OT

It was his lone miss of the day, however, that ended his streak of 41 consecutive made field goals, three short of tying the NFL’s all-time record.

"It was fun to chase after," Carlson said of coming up short of Adam Vinatieri’s mark, which was set in 2015 and 2016. "Obviously, when I’m older, I’m sure I’ll be like, ‘Dang, I wish I had gotten that.’ But I was able to come back and make a couple kicks later, and we got the win. That helps a lot."

"I kind of jammed myself and pushed it," he said. "It happens. It was going to happen eventually."

After going the rest of last season without a miss, Carlson decided not to cut his hair. It now hangs to about his shoulders, and he said his wife, Katherine, has been wanting him to cut it.

"I guess I have to cut it now," he said. "That was kind of the deal with my wife."

Doesn’t anyone remember SAMSON AND DELILAH? DON’T DO IT DC!!!

His buddy Punter AJ Cole was also saddened by the miss.

"I’m disappointed, obviously," Cole said. "It will be nice to get some individuality back and kind of be my own person again, but it’s sad."

At least Teammates still supported Carlson heavily after the misfire.

"Some of the guys were like, ‘Keep your head up,’" he said. "Especially some of the younger guys who hadn’t seen it in a while. But I’ve been doing this for so long. I’ve had lots of misses and lots of makes. It’s all about the next one. So I’m glad I was able to respond."

He added "Every kick matters, but you have to trust the operation, and those guys up front did a great job protecting, too," Carlson said. "We blocked one of theirs down there earlier, and that’s the difference in the game. So the other 10 guys are as much a part of every kick as I am."

Long snapper Trent Sieg said the entire group wanted the record for Carlson.

"I was just happy to be along for the ride," Sieg said. "But now it’s a new streak, and it’s at three in a row. We’re on our way.

"I just hope he doesn’t take too much off. He looks way better with long hair."

Lol Everyone is a critic..


A big shoutout also goes to Foster Moreau last Sunday.

Foster had spent much of the game as an extra blocker helping Jermaine Elumenor, who was starting in place of injured left tackle Kolton Miller. But with the game on the line, the Raiders turned the tables by releasing Moreau as a receiver on a CRITICAL 33 YARD PLAY in OT.

"Foster made a great read," coach Josh McDaniels said.

"The window he found so I could throw it to him was unbelievable," Carr said.

I always knew Foster had great hands..if he was a tad bit faster, he’d be unstoppable!!!! Regardless.. that catch set up the eventual winning TD.


"Big-time playmaking is contagious," Adams said. "We talk about that all the time. Somebody getting that spark, getting it going."

DAMN RIGHT!


"One of the biggest things we’ve been emphasizing lately is just getting back to having a lot of fun out there," Adams said.

Hell, you guys weren’t the only ones having fun!

NOW PLEASE..CONTINUE TO BRING SMILES TO RADIER NATION!!! (So what if you can’t see mine!!!!)


Summary:

https://www.nfl.com/games/raiders-at-broncos-2022-reg-11


ON TO THE NEXT, LVR!!! WE WILL BE FACING A STRONG 6-4 SEATTLE SEAHAWK TEAM STACKED WITH GENO SMITH, DK METCALF, AND TYLER LOCKETT! I FEEL IT CAN BE QUITE A SHOOTOUT IF DAVANTE AND THE OFFENSE PREFORMS LIKE THEY DID IN THE PREVIOUS 2 QUARTERS! IF THE TEAM KEEPS THINKING IN THE SAME MINDSET AS LAST SUNDAYS; THEY CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING! GIVE THE PROPER RESPECT TO EACH OTHER, BRING THE SAME DAMN ENERGY AND FIGHT LIKE IT’S YOUR LAST GAME! THIS ONE MEANS EVERYTHING!

GO RAIDERS!
EXCELSIOR!
Lord of the Sith, Master of evil
DARTH RAIDER