Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wrap-up: Raiders 16, Rams 14
By Bill Williamson
What it means: There’s a quarterback controversy in Oakland. Actually, there may not be a controversy. It may be cut-and-dry: Bruce Gradkowski is in and Jason Campbell is out. At least, that’s how it should be after Gradkowski led Oakland to 13 points in the second half after he took over for Campbell. The Raiders probably would have lost if Gradkowski didn’t come in and save the day.
Tomorrow’s talker: Oakland’s young offensive weapons flourished. Running back Darren McFadden had a great game, his second strong game in a row. He had 145 yards on 30 carries and he now has 240 yards rushing in two games. Second-year receivers Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey both had excellent games. They combined for 12 catches for 171 yards. It was, by far, Heyward-Bey‘s best game as a pro.
Hero: It has to be Gradkowski. His numbers weren’t great, but that doesn’t matter with this guy. He ignites this offense. His teammates clearly believe in him.
What’s next: The Raiders play a very winnable game at Arizona on Sunday. The Cardinals got thrashed in Atlanta. There’s no reason not to think Oakland can’t start the season 2-1.