AFC West: 2013 Week 2 JAC at OAK Rapid Reaction
September, 15, 2013
By Paul Gutierrez | ESPN.com
OAKLAND -- A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 19-9 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars:
What it means: In front of a sold-out home opener, the Raiders at times played down to the level of their competition against the woeful Jaguars. But it was more than enough, as the Raiders rolled, even if the final score doesn't show it. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor was not as electric as he was in Week 1, but he did not need to be, what with Darren McFadden taking over and the defense alternating between bending and dominating. It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective.
Stock watch: Rising: McFadden -- The purported centerpiece of the Raiders offense showed up a week after disappearing in Indianapolis. McFadden rushed for a game-high 129 yards on 19 carries and looked more comfortable as the game wore on. A week after averaging 2.8 yards per carry, McFadden had long runs of 30 and 26 yards and averaged 6.8 per carry against the Jaguars. Oakland's record improved to 11-2 when he rushes for at least 100 yards.
Automatic SeaBass II?: Sebastian Janikowski made field goals from 46, 30, 29 and 29 yards, which are all in a day’s work for him. But his first attempt of the day, a miss from 35 yards out, raised eyebrows, simply because it was his first miss from under 40 yards at home since 2007. Maybe Josh Scobee did get in his head?
C-Wood to the rescue: Charles Woodson was shaken up and had to leave the field for a play in the second quarter, but three plays later, he pulled off the defensive play of the game. With Maurice Jones-Drew getting to the left sideline and angling for a touchdown, Woodson leapt over the pile to bring Jones-Drew down at the 3-yard line. Not only did Jacksonville have to settle for a field goal, but MJD was lost for the game on the play with an ankle injury. Woodson’s play in the secondary was all the more important with safety Tyvon Branch leaving the game in the first quarter with a right leg injury.
What's next: The Raiders (1-1) get the national stage of ESPN’s "Monday Night Football" when they travel to Denver to face the Broncos (2-0). Denver has won three straight games in the series.
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