Recap: Be fired up, Raider Nation. Be very fired up. This was a huge early-season win and I love everything about it. It was just so impressive. I loved the way the Raiders came back from a 17-7 deficit and took it to a tremendous team. Oakland showed legitimate signs it is a quality team that is ready to battle anyone. That wasn’t the case last season. This was an opportunity for the Raiders to show they belong in the conversation with some of the AFC’s better teams. They succeeded beautifully.
Biggest area to fix: I’m still not crazy about the penalties. The Raiders were flagged seven times for 55 yards against the Jets. It’s improving in the area, but the Raiders have to show they can play a clean game.
Biggest area to build on: That running game is good. Darren McFadden averaged 9 yards per carry and the Raiders averaged 7.3 yards a carry as a team. Oakland’s 234 yards rushing was the most allowed by a team that had Rex Ryan on the coaching staff since he was an assistant with the Cardinals in 1995, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Oakland is going to win a lot of games by dominating on the ground. It takes pressure off quarterback Jason Campbell and allowed him to pick his spots. Oakland, though, has to hope McFadden’s groin injury (he left the game in the fourth quarter) is not serious. We should learn more about it Monday. McFadden said after the game he doesn’t expect it to be serious.
What to watch for: Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour will lead his new team against his former one. Seymour, who was traded from the Patriots to the Raiders in September, 2009, has made it clear he wasn’t thrilled with the way New England coach Bill Belichick handled his departure. I’m sure Seymour will be motivated to knock Tom Brady down a few times to let his former boss know he made a mistake in dealing him. A motivated Seymour is often a productive Seymour.