NFL Nation: 2013 Week 2 JAC at OAK Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Raiders 19, Jaguars 9

September, 15, 2013
9/15/13
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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.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- A few thoughts on the Jaguars’ 19-9 loss to the Oakland Raiders:

What it means: This was perhaps the Jaguars’ best shot at a victory before the bye week, especially if Maurice Jones-Drew’s ankle injury lingers for more than a week or two. The offense still couldn’t generate any consistency and again really struggled on first down: Nine times through the first three quarters, the Jaguars gained 3 yards or less on first down. But maybe that shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the Jaguars didn’t have four starters (quarterback Blaine Gabbert, tight end Marcedes Lewis and receivers Justin Blackmon and Mike Brown) because of injuries or suspension. They also lost Jones-Drew in the second quarter. When an offense is that short-handed, the defense pretty much has to play a perfect game, and the Jaguars aren’t talented enough to do that. It’s unfair to ask them to as well. The result is another game with less than 200 total yards.

Stock watch: It’s unclear just how serious Jones-Drew’s ankle injury is, which means the Jaguars would have to rely on Justin Forsett and first-year player Jordan Todman to carry the running game. Forsett, at least, is a seven-year veteran who has rushed for more than 1,600 yards and caught 100 passes. Todman entered Sunday’s game with just four career carries. This might mean more work for Denard Robinson.

Touchdown skid ends: Chad Henne tossed a touchdown pass to Clay Harbor with three minutes remaining to give the Jaguars their first offensive touchdown since the second quarter of the 2012 season finale against Tennessee.

Penalty problems: The Jaguars committed 10 penalties for 70 yards, including two that allowed Oakland to retain possession. D.J. Williams was offside on a punt on fourth-and-4, and Jason Babin was penalized for illegal use of the hands during a play on which Terrelle Pryor threw incomplete on third-and-9 from the Jacksonville 24-yard line.

What’s next: The Jaguars play at Seattle next Sunday at 4:25 p.m ET.

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