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THE DARK SIDE "He is not just any Jedi"

Note to self:
THAT is why you remain loyal!
THAT is why you still follow this team after 50 plus years!!
THAT is why I still do what I do!!!

Josh Jacobs went HAM last Sunday..and if you still don’t know by now what that means..
HARD AS A MF!

You know he still has Darth Vader socks he rocks, right Raider Nation?
YOU’RE WELCOME!!! (: THE FORCE IS STRONG W/THIS 1!

Not bad for a guy who’s option was declined in the off season. Hey Dave Ziegler, do you think we can get that brand new shiny contract made up now? This kid has deserved a HUGE contract for years now and you overlooked him for far too long. Don’t make me activate my force choke powers!!!
You paid Davante, Hunter and Darren TWICE…can JJ finally get some love?!?! After all..
He is not just any Jedi!!!!

My MVP for the year set franchise records for rushing yards (229) and all-purpose yards (303). The final 86 came via the game’s last play, when he shifted through a hole, made safety Josh Jones miss and sprinted to victory. Key blocks by Foster Moreau, Jermaine Eluemunor, Alex Bars and Jakob Johnson made that play what it is.

"You gotta love a win like that," he shouted after watching Josh Jacobs end the game on a walk off touchdown run to cap one of the best individual performances in Raider history.
Even his opponents were impressed.
"He’s hard to bring down," Shelby Harris said. "He’s a tough runner with good balance. You really gotta wrap him up. He’s not one of those backs that gets touched and falls. He makes his money off of breaking tackles and getting those extra yards."
The Defense was also amazed by #28’s ability.
"I saw him hit the hole, and I was running on the field before he hit the end zone," Maxx Crosby said.

I still recall shouting to Josh near the beginning of the season (after a loss) "WE HAVE TO GET YOU MORE CARRIES!"
I’m glad someone finally listened to me..

Jacobs even played with a calf strain!!!
"I looked the guys in their eyes and told them they were going to get everything out of me," Jacobs said. "They didn’t want me to finish the game, but I convinced them I could go."
RAIDER ROAD WARRIOR!
"It’s kind of crazy," Jacobs said. "I came in, not knowing I was going to play … I figure it will be good by next week."
REST NOW PLEASE! WE NEED YOU!

Foster Moreau got off the cleanest block after he looked up to see Jacobs run past Jones and into daylight.

"I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh … yeah, he’s gone,’" Moreau said. "It was awesome … Then he almost threw the game-winning ball into the stands, so I went and played golden retriever and grabbed it."

GRACI FM! HE might want to keep that!

"That speaks to who (Jacobs) is. He’s just so in the zone. He didn’t care about the ball. He just wanted to go celebrate with his teammates. Special human. Special player."

MVP! MVP! MVP!
Some amazing history: Jacobs’ final run came nearly 35 years after the iconic Bo Jackson’s 91-yarder for the Raiders in the old Kingdome on "Monday Night Football," when he took out a safety before rumbling left.
I’m not sure if Bo ran hurt that night...
"The calf looked OK today," tight end Moreau said jokingly. "He’s a special player. He takes on the burden more than anyone. For years, he has run hard for us. When he does something like this, he’s just special … We have to keep our foot on the gas for him."
Foster continued..
"There’s only one guy who can carry the ball every play, so all 10 of us have to do a great job making sure we keep guys off him. Because when you do, he’s special."
His rushing yards broke the record of Napoleon Kaufman’s 227 against the Broncos in 1997.
I WAS THERE FOR THAT TOO!!!! (:
Already, Jacobs and his 1,159 rushing yards are on pace to rank second in team history in a season next to Marcus Allen’s 1,759 in 1985.
That might be a tall order…but anything is possible if you have a hungry, healthy Running Back like JJ.


Our QB knew what that play and the win meant for the team as he kneeled down on the field, feeling emotional after another exceptional OT win.
"That was a big, big win. For a lot of reasons," Carr mentioned.
"It reaffirms the things we’ve been talking about," Carr said. "It reaffirms what Josh has been talking to us about."
Coach JM could not be any happier.
"Our team is learning how to be resilient," McDaniels said.

"I think we learned something in Denver about the way we needed to play under pressure and perform, that we could do it," coach Josh McDaniels said Monday at the team facility in Henderson. "Sometimes you need a few of those things to happen to just give you the confidence to go back and repeat that same type of success somewhere else."

Whatever magic potion the team drank? Keep drinking that sauce..

"I think some of the biggest lessons we’ve learned have come from the games that we haven’t been able to finish," he said. "And so, maybe the last two games there’s been some winning done because of some of the things that we learned when we lost a few games like that."
Congrats all- that’s a fine lesson in FINISHING! PLEASE CONTINUE TO LEARN!

"Sometimes it gets challenging to continue to just drip water on the rock here and hope something sprouts," McDaniels said. "I think that we’re continuing to improve in small areas, our field goal protection, our kickoff coverage. … You’re focusing on the little things that you can control. Obviously, it tastes better when you win, to listen and learn and correct things."

I’ve been saying it all year: This playbook/ philosophy is taking some time to learn. When the players are finally comfortable with it? We’ll see more results like this one.

"Honestly, I really don’t notice any difference relative to our day-to-day approach," Coach said. "That’s a compliment to the guys. It’s a long season and you’re going to go through some of these ups and downs. The fact that we won two doesn’t mean anything for this coming week either. I think you are in control of what you do each day. You’re not necessarily in control of streaks."
JUST WIN BABY!

Coach McDaniels also commented on Seattle’s Darrell Taylor running off the sideline and participating in a play during Sunday’s game..

"We’re the Raiders," he said with a laugh. "Yes, I saw the play. No, I’ve never seen anything like that before. I mean, I think he went out there to celebrate, and then he ended up making a couple of blocks there to try to help his buddy. Yeah, they missed the call. Clearly, that should have been a penalty. But I’ll leave that at that."

McDaniels said the offensive players immediately ran to the sideline and started pointing out that Taylor had joined the play from the sideline. He also indicated this wasn’t the first "Welcome to the Raiders" moment he’s experienced this season, referring to the franchise’s well-documented adversarial relationship with the NFL and its game officials.
"I’ve had multiple of those," he said. "I’m aware of the last 20 years relative to the statistics. So, we’ll see if we can change that a little bit."

Coach also commented how close cornerback Nate Hobbs is to returning from injured reserve from a broken hand..

"He got sick. So, there really wasn’t anything we could control. I just didn’t feel comfortable bringing him up and playing him without having the opportunity to practice. … Hopefully, we’ll be able to turn the corner on it this week."

We need you ASAP, NATE! Geno Smith threw for 328 measly yards with 2 TDs. Get better kid!!


Foster Moreau had a day of redemption on Sunday. He previously dropped an on-target throw by quarterback Derek Carr to end a promising drive late in the third quarter. His thoughts?

"I obviously gotta go on the damn Jugs machine," he said.
But Moreau made sure not to let that drop define him. Late in the fourth quarter, he ran a slick route to the back corner of the end zone on third and goal and caught the game-tying touchdown pass from Carr.
"There’s a lesson in adversity," Moreau said.
"This has been a process for me, how to handle plays like that," Moreau said. "Often times I play off of Darren, and there’s not much adversity when doing that. I’ll come in, block my butt off, and do that. So just continuing to try to learn how to be the best player I can with the ball in my hands. And making opportunities when (Carr) gives me the chance."
That was an epic throw by Carr made in back of the End Zone. It doesn’t get any better than that. I always thought Foster would be the perfect Tight End if he was a bit faster..
But who needs quickness when you are grabbing CRITICAL TDs? Keep swinging, Fos! I sense we will see more from you in the Weeks to come!


We’ll also find more World Cup Fans in the days ahead..
Derek Carr and Ameer Abdullah are into it?
Who knew?
"Soccer is a free-flowing sport," said Carr, explaining how he and Abdullah used their eyes and feel for the situation to break away from the original intent of the play for an 18-yard touchdown to tie the game 7-7.
"We caught the safety being a little too nosy," Abdullah said. "Good timing."
On the third-down play, Abdullah lined up in the backfield to the right of Carr, then curved to the right and looked back at Carr about a yard off the line of scrimmage. Carr looked straight at Abdullah, but rather than immediately throw the ball to him, he waited for safety Quandre Diggs to jump the route.

Abdullah, understanding what Carr was thinking, immediately wheeled his route upfield, running past the surprised Diggs in the process. Carr held the ball one extra second, then lofted it to Abdullah for an easy touchdown.

"That was all Ameer being able to think what I was thinking," Carr said. "So it was not planned that way."

Abdullah had three catches for 39 yards and three kickoff returns for 73 yards, including a 33-yard return.
Every Week, #22 seems to be getting in a few more key passing plays.
Jacobs production level is increasing with more receiving yards..
Maybe this Playbook is becoming a little more desirable after a few Weeks?
We can only hope…

OTHER NOTES:

-The last time Derek Carr played in Seattle in a regular-season game was his rookie season in 2014. His return reiterated his respect for the atmosphere.

"That was loud," he said. Maxx Crosby agreed.

"It was incredible; one of the best atmospheres in the league," he said.

That said, Carr felt the presence of Raiders fans.

"It was pretty impressive to hear how many of our fans were here," he said. "We had a whole bunch of Raiders fans behind our bench, and after bad plays, they were like, ‘You guys are good, we’re gonna win the game.’ Anytime you’re in a hostile place and you hear those types of things, it always means something."



-The Raiders Defense had three sacks — 1½ from Maxx Crosby — and forced turnovers via an interception from Denzel Perryman and a fumble recovery via Chandler Jones. Perryman led the way with nine tackles (two for loss) and a killer pick! Duron Harmon added seven tackles from his safety spot, and Crosby had SIX quarterback hits. Mad Maxx was playing like he was found on another planet…
PLANET HULK!!
That key stop late in the 4th Quarter was one of the sickest plays of the Season from Crosby. He grabbed Geno Smith’s arm like he was going to tear it right off of him. Condor’s don’t play! Crosby now has 67 tackles, 22 assists and 10.5 sacks for the year!


-While punter AJ Cole lost another coin toss to fall to 1-10 on pregame, he came through for a second straight week by winning the toss at the start of overtime and getting the Raiders the first possession. GREAT CALL, LONG HAIR! I’m buying you a case of conditioner!!!

-A first half that started as poorly as possible turned productive for the Raiders. Carr was intercepted on the first snap of the game as he tried to throw over the middle to Adams. The Seahawks turned the miscue into points two plays later to take a 7-0 lead, but the Raiders bounced back.

Carr responded with a touchdown drive and led the offense to 24 points before halftime. It was the third-highest scoring first half for the franchise in the past 20 years and the most since they had 24 against the Chiefs in 2020.


"It’s just growth, and we’re all just trying to do things the right way," said Carr, who completed 26 of 35 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns.

"It shows that everyone is believing in that and trying to do it that way. You can tell everyone is believing and buying into that because of the success we’re starting to have. It doesn’t mean anything now — we still don’t have a good record — but we’re headed in the right direction."

Summary:
https://www.nfl.com/games/raiders-at-seahawks-2022-reg-12

UNSEE WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN! STEP PAST THIS STEP! MOVE ON!
WE HAVE MORE WORK TO DO AT THE DREADED DEATH STAR THIS COMING SUNDAY!
THE CHARGERS ARE COMING BACK TO OUR POWERFUL BATTLE STATION THIS WEEK AND WE BETTER BE READY, MOTIVATED AND ANGRY FROM THAT LAST "L" HANDED TO US! REDEEM YOURSELF!
JUSTIN HERBERT NEEDS TO BE HIT SO HARD, THAT THE LUXOR WILL FEEL IT! DEANDRE CARTER, AUSTIN EKELER AND KEENAN ALLEN MUST BE LIMITED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!
BRING YOUR A GAME, DBs! HIT EM HARD! BOOM!
NATION, BRING YOUR LOUD VOICES/SCREAMS OR STAY THE HELL HOME!

TEAM, I NEED YOU TO PLAY FAST, FOCUSED AND FIERCE!
JUST PLAY WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY..LIKE IT’S YOUR LAST GAME EVER PLAYED!
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY…
JUST WIN BABY!

EXCELSIOR!
Lord of the Sith, Master of all evil
DARTH RAIDER