Oakland Raiders: 2013 Week 2 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.
September, 8, 2013
By Paul Gutierrez | ESPN.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- My thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
What it means: With so many questions about his skill set translating to the NFL, Terrelle Pryor, in his second career start, put on a show. Besides becoming the 25th player since the NFL merger in 1970 to both rush and pass for at least 100 yards in a game, Pryor set a franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback, running for a game-high 112 yards to eclipse the 85 yards Rich Gannon scampered for against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 8, 2000. Pryor also threw for 217 yards and a touchdown on 19 of 29 passing. He was intercepted in the end zone, though, on the game’s opening drive and had troubles getting the snap off at times. Pryor had the Raiders on the Colts' 8-yard line in the final minute but took a sack and was picked off at the 5-yard line to end the threat.
Stock watch: Defense rising. As big a story as Pryor was, the Raiders’ defense flashed just as much, if not more. Sure, the unit gave up touchdown-scoring drives of 89 and 69 yards the first two times the Colts had the ball, and then allowed a 19-yard TD run by Andrew Luck that gave Indianapolis the 21-17 lead with 5:20 to play. But in between, the Raiders shut the Colts offense down, sacking Luck four times, one each by Tyvon Branch, Lamarr Houston, Tracy Porter and Jason Hunter, and authoring numerous three-and-outs.
Automatic SeaBass?: Sebastian Janikowski missed only three field goals last season, all from beyond 50 yards. So when he missed his first attempt of the day, a 48-yarder at the end of the first half, eyebrows were raised. The first-round draft pick of the 2000 draft made a 38-yarder but the miss will haunt the Raiders.
What's next: The Raiders (0-1) play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) next Sunday in Oakland’s home opener at the O.co Coliseum. The Raiders beat the Jaguars in overtime last season, 26-23, in Oakland.