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THE DARK SIDE: "Set a course, Captain"


Sometimes wins are sweeter than Cheesecake with ice cream!
I’d like to personally thank Keenan Allen for giving us pin up material last Week! After asking what he thought of the Raiders when mentioned they might playing man on him, Mr. Allen replied

"Barbecued chicken," he said. "No doubt. "That means they’re dead."

I can now read and laugh at his quotes 500 times. The only thing that died was Derwin James's spirit after Josh Jacobs plowed through him like a rodeo clown. Boom!! I loved watching his legs kick out while holding on to the LV Bull!

I’d also like to thank the Defense for stepping up in the best way possible. Chandler Jones has finally arrived and I hope his active production is here to stay. Nate Hobbs also made a huge impact on the game.


The Offense is playing their best version of Football and most believe it’s due to Derek Carr’s emotional presser seen 3 Weeks ago. You never saw that much passion from a player. It’s great to witness players stepping up after soulful words were spoken from the Heart.

"To see the way we’ve responded since then, it’s a proud moment for me," Carr said.
Other players described the moment as positive after the honest criticism of the team. Some say that moment gave them a boost they needed.
"We’re confident in ourselves," safety Duron Harmon said. "We’re confident in our process."
Carr could of EASILY been ridiculed or laughed at afterwards…but the team has definitely responded to his insightful evaluation.
"Things needed to be said," Carr said. "Things needed to be handled."

Players were then definitely motivated.
"Everybody is stepping up and making the plays at the right time," defensive end Maxx Crosby said.

Everybody:

-Adams, who finished with eight catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns;

-Josh Jacobs, who eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the third straight game — and sixth this season — with a rugged 144 yards on 26 carries;

-Defensive end Chandler Jones, who broke out with three sacks

-The rest of the defense, which held quarterback Justin Herbert and a powerful Chargers offense to one touchdown;

The tide seems to be changing and the players are noticing a huge shift among the entire team.

"We’re playing a better brand of football right now. Complementary," Adams said.

The spark had to come from somewhere. And in the Raiders’ case, it arrived at their lowest moment.

"It was a quick three weeks, wasn’t it?" Carr said, smiling. "Man."


Coach Josh McDaniels mentioned "The reality is, nothing’s been decided,"
"It’s really just about playing and coaching your best football. If you can do that, and improve, I really believe that the teams that are ultimately the teams that are going to keep playing are the ones that play the best after Thanksgiving. And so that’s our goal."

KEEP IT COMING!

As I mentioned before, Nate Hobbs was very impactful this past Sunday. His biggest moment was when he picked up an early Christmas gift in the 2nd half.
"I saw the ball rolling around, and three people had a chance, but she wanted me," he said of scooping up Austin Ekeler’s third-quarter fumble. "She chose me. I just scooped the ball and tried to make something happen."
He felt the return was "trash" but still felt great with the rock in his hands. His return was appreciated by the entire Defense.

"It felt amazing," he said. "I’ve been out so long just watching my teammates. There’s nothing like being out there and playing with them."
He finished with eight tackles and briefly left the game in the first half after a big hit but wasn’t about to come out for long.

"That was just a little stinger," he said. "I’m good. I felt great. Didn’t even think about my hand. I just went out there and competed. That’s what I like to do. It’s all I tell myself every play. Just win the play and compete. I’m going to give the team everything I’ve got. I don’t care what happens."

He was already motivated, and also got an extra boost of adrenaline from trash-talk directed at the Raiders’ secondary by Chargers star Keenan Allen.

"Barbecued chicken," Hobbs said in reference to Allen’s prediction of what would happen to the Raiders defensive backs if they tried to play man-to-man coverage on him. "That’s all I’ve got to say."

Veteran safety Duron Harmon said the words were used in the Raiders’ locker room and defensive backs meetings.

"Barbecued chicken, huh? OK," Harmon said. "He’s a great player. One of the best receivers in this game. But at the end of the day, you have to respect the game and your opponents, and at that point, he didn’t. But I have all the respect for him, and he made plays. Always fun to compete against him, and it brings the best out of you."


Harmon said having Hobbs back was a boost to the defense.

"He’s one of the best corners in the league," Harmon said. "He can cover; he can tackle. He does everything the right way. He brings big energy to the defense and the whole team."

Chandler Jones also bring great energy to the Defense, totaling three sacks in a 27-20 win against the hated rival Chargers.

He also had five tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass defended.


It wasn’t the most easy day for Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. He was sacked five times.

"Everybody has been giving (Jones) a hard time about the sack production," Raiders safety Duron Harmon said. "But each and every game, he brings energy, he brings leadership. He has been affecting the game — he just hasn’t been able to get there. To see him do that today — I’m so happy for him."

Hell, we all are!

"He affected the quarterback and made the coverage a lot easier for us. Hats off to him. We needed a big-time performance, and he came through." Duron also mentioned.

Jones had just half a sack in the first 11 games, his snap count being decreased some weeks as the search for more of an impact labored on.

"What y’all don’t know about Chan is that he brings that energy every day," cornerback Nate Hobbs said. "Maxx might get all the love and all the publicity, the cameras, the stats, but Chan is there every game, too."

Good to know...

Said Crosby: "(Jones) works his ass off and is a great teammate. It isn’t about him. It’s about the team. He shows that every day. Great attitude. For a guy with over 100 career sacks, you don’t see that often."’

We all waited patiently for a day like this one. Jones knew of his true ability regardless of the chatter.

"No sigh of relief," Jones said. "Early in my career, stats were a huge thing for me. But where I am now, it’s about winning. If I had zero sacks and we won, that would be huge. When I was younger, I worried about accolades. That’s when I cared about stats. Don’t get me wrong — it feels good to walk off the field with three sacks when I could have had five".

In the coming days, I hope we see more from #55. Time will tell..

"The quarterbacks are starting to fall now. Hopefully, we can make this a week-by-week thing and turn those pressures and hits into sacks."



The Offense was impressive as ever Sunday! Josh Jacobs and Tae Adams were doing things that seemed out of the World! They were both phenomenal and were easily the biggest stars of the Offense.

Jacobs rushed for 144 yards with 1 Touchdown. He also averaged 5.5 yards a carry.
He now leads THE ENTIRE NFL with 1,303 yards. Can we f$@##$ing pay him now?!?!?!!

"Josh made a lot of hard yards today," McDaniels said. "It wasn’t like there were gaping holes that he ran through and wasn’t touched. He really fought his way through the line of scrimmage and kept his legs going. Tae, what do you say? He just keeps doing it over and over again. … Two really, really gifted football players."

I think my Godson Jonah put it best after witnessing Adams greatness..

"Tae is him"

"In the sense that I’m holding up my end of the bargain and doing what I’ve got to do," said Adams, who had 177 yards w/ TWO sick TDs for the day. He now has 79 receptions, 1,176 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in his first season with the Raiders.
"We’ve got to make sure we’re being as efficient as possible and let the stats and all of that take care of themselves down the road. Ultimately, I want to get the ball so I can put the team in position to win games."

"Whenever you talk about those two guys, whenever you call something that they have a good chance of touching the football, you feel pretty good about it," coach Josh McDaniels said. "They’re the reason for that. They come through over and over and over again in critical situations."

You can say that again..

In four games this season, Adams has topped the 100-yard mark and caught two touchdowns. No other receiver in the NFL has more than two such outings.

"We’re starting to understand some of these defenses and what they’re trying to do to stop us," said Adams, who has topped 100 yards in all five divisional games. "Getting out there and a little bit of experience and more game time together, that usually leads to positive things."

I’m now wondering why in the F__ we couldn’t get more of this kind of production in the BEGINNING of the Season? Was the playbook THAT difficult?!?! (Saber ignites)
Sigh...
Eh, let’s look at positive again.. (Saber off switch)

With his two touchdown receptions, Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams has 85 in his career.

That puts him tops among all receivers since he debuted in the NFL in 2014. It also ranks fifth in history for a player in his first nine seasons.

Jerry Rice (118), Randy Moss (101), Marvin Harrison (98) and Terrell Owens (95) are all in the Hall of Fame.

He’s the first player in NFL history to record at least seven 100-yard games in three consecutive seasons.
No player in Raiders history has more than seven 100-yard games in a season..
..and we still have 5 more games to play!


Will we be ready for a short AF Week?
"Absolutely," said Raiders quarterback Derek Carr after the game. "Today is Wednesday." said Carr, referring to the team’s normal week. "The main thing is I didn’t get hit in the ribs again."
Praise the Maker!

Coach, will we be ok?
"Obviously, with no practice and those kinds of things, it’s a little bit of a unique situation, I would say," Raiders coach Josh McDaniels said Monday morning. "We’re going to have some discussions I think later this morning once we kind of get a handle on where our team is relative to the health of it from yesterday’s game."

Will Waller and Renfrow be ready?

"You got to be careful a bit and try to make a smart decision," said McDaniels. "But we’re going to kind of let the health of the team, I’d say, assist us in some of those discussions."

Are we up to speed on our gameplan?

"The coaches did a great job of working ahead Friday, Saturday and probably a little bit this morning just to prepare and be ready to go for tomorrow morning," McDaniels said. "The great thing about a Thursday game is both teams are in the same boat. So we’re going to cram, they’re going to cram, and nobody’s going to do a whole lot physically in the next few days."

How well do we know the opponent?

"It’s a team we don’t know. You know what I mean?" said McDaniels. "Our guys will eventually make their way in here today, just to start to get familiar with who they’re going to be aligning against and how they play, and the strengths and weaknesses of the players before we even get into the scheme tomorrow".

Who has the upper hand w/ the short Week?

"So, the short weeks are what they are. They don’t have an advantage over us, and we don’t have one over them. So, we’re just going to pour into the film, and we’ll learn who they are over the next few days."


Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs played his first NFL road game at SoFi Stadium. It has almost become a second home venue.

"We get so much love and support every time we play at SoFi," said Hobbs, who will play there for the fourth time when the Raiders meet the Rams on "Thursday Night Football. There’s so many Raiders fans in LA. We’re expecting a great turnout as always. I love playing there. It’s a fun place. Great vibes, great fans. It’s always a great battle."


The Raiders still run LA. It’s nice fact to know after almost 40 years.

"We have one of the best fan bases in the world," he said. "We went to Seattle a few weeks ago and thought we might be by ourselves, but we walk outside and the Raiders fans are all up in there. SoFi is always a great place to go back where some of our old-school Raiders fans are at."

AHEM! They’re in LV too (:

"LA definitely has a lot of Raider fans," defensive end Maxx Crosby said. "So we love it out there, and it will be awesome to see them."

If they only allowed Darth Vader masks lol. Maybe I should talk to some people…

Summary:
https://www.nfl.com/games/chargers-at-raiders-2022-reg-13

GRAB YOUR REST WHILE U CAN, RAIDER NATION! SET A COURSE TO THE CITY OF ANGELS!
WE WILL BE PLAYING THE LA RAMS IN A MATTER OF HOURS! QB JOHN WOLFORD AND THE OFFENSE PUT UP 23 POINTS ON THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS LAST SUNDAY AND WILL BE READY FOR BATTLE AT THEIR HOUSE SOON! CAM AKERS MUST BE HIT HARD! PUT HIM DOWN QUICKLY! TUTU ATWELL AND BRANDON POWELL ARE DECENT RECEIVERS AND MUST BE STOPPED AT ALL COSTS! OFFENSE, PAY ATTENTION TO BOBBY WAGNER! HE MUST BE BLOCKED/HIT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!
LA, GET READY FOR WAR! LET’S WORK HARD THEN PLAY HARD!
IT'S WIN OR DIE AT THIS POINT SO JUST WIN BABY!
GO RAIDERS!!!
EXCELSIOR!

Lord of the Sith, Master of all evil
DARTH RAIDER