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Three takeaways as Raiders handle (town) business vs. Jets

Raiders rout Jets 45-20 in home opener at Coliseum

John Dickinson
September 17, 2017 - 9:40 pm
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No letdown as game swings on muffed punt, Lynch TD

It looked as if a let down was a possibility. The were Raiders forced to punt as the first half clock ticked down with Oakland leading only 14-10 and the Jets scheduled to received the second half kickoff. The Raiders 14-0 lead built on two Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree touchdown connections was slipping away.

But then Jets WR and PR Kalif Raymond muffed the lofty 55-yard Marquette King punt as gunner Johnny Holton raced down the field to cover it up at the Jets 4-yard line. Three plays later Marshawn Lynch was into the end zone for the first time as a Raider, Oakland had regained separation at 21-10 and was setup to put the Jets away in the second half.

It was only a matter of time until the Coliseum was turned into Marshawn Lynch’s personal dance party with 54,729 joining in his delight.

The Raiders took another step Sunday by showing they could put a bad team away over the course of 60 minutes with all 3 phases paving the way.

Balanced attack with weapons everywhere

The Raiders may have more weapons than originally thought. Derek Carr quietly completed 23-of-28 passes for 230 yards and 3 touchdowns. All three of his TD’s were to Michael Crabtree who caught six passes in 6 targets. The Raiders spread it around with Amari Cooper and Jared Cook each hauling in four receptions and the running back combining to grab 6.

Not only did the Raiders throw it 28 times for 230 yards and 3 TD’s but they also ran it 27 times for 180 yards and 3 TD’s. Marshawn Lynch did the dirty work with 12 carries and 45 yards while offensive coordinator picked the perfect moments to dial up running plays for Jalen Richard and WR Cordarrelle Patterson that went for 52 and 43 yard touchdowns respectively.

The Raiders offense has balance and explosiveness. They can hammer you inside for three tough yards, hit you on a fade in the end zone or hand it off to a WR or RB with track speed that can take it the distance. Four different players ran the ball for the Raiders, 10 different players caught at least one Derek Carr pass.

An opportunity to do something special

The Raiders are 2-0 for the first time since 2002. That team reached the Super Bowl. Looking ahead at the upcoming schedule this Raiders team has a shot at establishing themselves atop the AFC playoff picture in the coming weeks.

Next up, the Raiders have a Redskins team that has been underwhelming in the nations capitol on Sunday Night Football. Then they have what could be one of many divisional showdown games this season in Denver. The Broncos have been more impressive than anticipated but the Raiders matchup well against the Denver defense and will have the best quarterback on the field.

Baltimore and the L.A. Chargers come into the Coliseum after that before the Raiders host the Chiefs on Thursday night, October 19. The Raiders have a shot to be 5-1 or 6-0 heading into that game which might be the best on the Thursday night schedule all season.

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