There are no cakewalks in the NFL, let’s get that straight.
For those thinking Week 2 for the Oakland Raiders is a guaranteed win, let that thought quickly vacate your brain as fast as it came in. For despite how lackluster the New York Jets roster is, it’s Any Given Sunday.
The Raiders have Super Bowl aspirations. Week 1 told us that.
This Sunday, it’s time for Jack Del Rio and his merry band of marauders to show the home crowd once more, it’s stomping on team’s throats on its quest for a Lombardi Trophy.
Let’s break down what to keep and what to discard from Week 1:
- Swarming defense. Case-in-point: Rookie linebacker Nicholas Morrow gets the credit for tackling DeMarco Murray short of the first-down marker. However, it was cornerback David Amerson’s recognition and diving tackle attempt that altered the run. Nice tackling as a group overall.
- Feed the Beast (smartly). The coaching staff did an excellent job of limiting Marshawn Lynch’s workload in Week 1. Continuously doing that will pay dividends. Just look at what Beast Mode did to Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, if you don’t believe me.
- AC/DC. Let the jam session continue. Getting wideout Amari Cooper involved early and often (especially the red zone) was a welcome sight.
- He went to Jared. Quarterback Derek Carr targeted new tight end Jared Cook five times. Cook snared produced for 56 yards. Cook often ran free against the Titans, could be the same against New York.
- All AC/DC in red zone. Three-straight passes to Coop is overkill, especially with Beast Mode in the backfield. Give Lynch the rock at least once. He’ll hit paydirt more often than not.
- Series substitutions. Marshall Newhouse should be the lone right tackle until he proves otherwise. Vadal Alexander was shaky when subbed in. I know Oakland wanted Tyrell Adams to sub in for rookie Marquel Lee at inside linebacker due to his pass coverage, but Adams gave up 100-plus yards when asked to cover.
- Shoddy time management. For all the good he has done, Del Rio’s late-game clock work leaves something to be desired.