Oakland, CA – The Oakland Raiders are coming off a spectacular win against the Denver Broncos last weekend. Hoping to bring the things that worked in the last game is the main goal today. What we didn’t expect was it actually worked!
The defense dominated once again and the Raiders got their second win in a row after beating the Seattle Seahawks 26-3. Nothing compared to the stomping of the Broncos last week yet the defense continued their success at keeping the opponent below a touchdown. As for the offense Jason Campbell passed for two touchdowns but failed to move the ball in the red zone several times settling for a field goal instead.
“I felt like that in the first half,” coach Tom Cable said. “The red zone, I didn’t feel like we were strong in that area and that’s something we need to work on.”
The Seahawks were unsuccessful on both offense and defense which led to countless opportunities for Oakland. WR Mike Williams dropped a pass from Matt Hasslebeck in the end zone and kicker Olindo Mare missed two field goal attempts, ending a streak of 30 consecutive kicks.
Campbell threw for 310 yards and Darren McFadden who topped his stats last weekend ran for 111 yards. The Raiders haven’t reached the .500 mark since 2002. They also haven’t won back-to-back games since 2008 and those wins were the last two games of the season.
“One week is good and the next week is a little shaky,” Darrius Heyward-Bey said. “Jason did a great job of throwing the ball in the hole and does a great job at commanding the offense.”
Though a slow start in the first half Oakland came back after halftime more aggressive. Campbell was the lead blocker for Jacoby Ford on the reverse showing he’s versatile too. But, they still could not excel in the red zone despite Seattle’s offense being terrible. Hasslebeck threw deep to Deon Butler but the ball was deflected by Stanford Routt.
Butler tried to make a diving catch of the batted pass but the ball popped right into the hands of Tyvon Branch for the interception. The defense made great plays and stayed consistent from last week. Looking ten times better than how they began at the start of the season.
“We are felling good on these back-to-back wins,” Branch said. “Coach is not going to let us get complacent and every week he challenges us by calling guys out.” “Since that 49er game we made some drastic changes in staying focused so we can compete as we’re supposed too.”
After Branch’s interception it took one play to score the Raiders final touchdown. Campbell threw a 69 yard pass to Hayward-Bey giving them a 23-0 lead. The defense delivered one of its best performances in years while Oakland gained 545 yards, marking the first time in history they got back-to-back 500 yard performances. They’ve outscored their opponent 92-17 in the past two weeks.
This new and improved team shows confidence, determination and focus. They face the Kansas City Chiefs next week who sit atop their division (5-2) while the Raiders hold second (4-4). Oakland hopes to keep the momentum and consistency at practice this week so they can notch win number three.
Written by: Malaika Bobino