Sunday, September 25, 2011
Wrap-up: Raiders 34, Jets 24
By Bill Williamson
A look at a tremendous victory for the Raiders.
What it means: This was a monumental win for the Oakland organization. The Raiders accomplished much Sunday. First, they learned to finish a game. The Raiders gave up 35 points in the second half at Buffalo last week. Yet, this week, against a strong Jets’ team, the Raiders came back from a 17-7 deficit and took over the game. They had an impressive drive late in the game to seal the win. In the end, the Raiders, who were 2-8 outside the AFC West last year, showed they can beat a quality AFC opponent. If the Raiders are in the playoff conversation in December, this game will be looked upon as a catalyst.
Tomorrow’s talker: That was a very good defense Oakland just torched. The Raiders’ offense is playing great. It has scored 69 points in the past two games. Head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Al Saunders are doing a terrific job. It doesn’t hurt to have Darren McFadden. He had 170 yards on 19 carries, McFadden is a legitimate threat to win the NFL rushing title this season.
Trending: Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in Week 1, is getting better with age. In 13th NFL season, Janikowski is bombs away. He nailed field goals of 54 and 49 yards. To have that type of a consistent weapon is going to help this offense.
What’s next: The Raiders host New England, fresh off a frustrating loss at Buffalo. What are the odds of Tom Brady throwing four more interceptions next week?
UPDATE: McFadden left the game with a groin injury, Jackson said. McFadden told reporters he expects to be fine. I wouldn’t be surprised if McFadden is brought along slowly during practice this week leading up to what is truly a big game against New England.