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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Pregame Analysis: Detroit @ Oakland

The Offensive Line
The offensive line has struggled in it's first two preseason outings. Then they played very well against the 49ers in the third preseason game. I think that they are learning to play their new positions and are gelling together as a more cohesive unit. Sims may re-enter the starting lineup this week so watch and see how this affects the unit. They should be able to build upon a solid effort against the 49ers and once again provide adequate protection to our Quarterbacks.

The Quarterbacks
All three of our Quarterbacks showed significant improvement against the 49ers. Our first unit should play most of the game so this will be a great oppertunity to see how they play when they get completely into the rythm of the game. Brooks looked solid and should be able to at least repeat his performance.

The Secondary
The secondary should get the oppertunity to make some more plays this weekend. Detroit has a new quarterback and a new offense and some struggling former first round receivers. They recorded their 5th preseason interception against the niners which is the total they had throughout the entire season last year. Nnamdi Asomugha still needs to step up his game and not get beat this week. He is the only starter in the secondary who hasn't played well yet this preseason but he played very solid coverage last regular season so look for him to get it done this week.

Derrick Burgess
Derrick Burgess came out of no where to lead the NFL in sacks last season but hasn't done anything outstanding this preseason. He is no longer a secret and teams will be much more likely to double team him this season. Continue to keep a close eye on him to see how he handles the double team and see if he can enjoy the same success he enjoyed last season.

Game Info
Where: Oakland, California
When: Friday, August 25th at 10:00 PM EST
Notes: The Raiders have played the Lions nine times in regular season play and have a record of 6-3.


Blogger Ayman said...

John Kitna may blow up on the scene against the Raiders...... Doubt it!

8/24/2006 8:21 AM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

Jon Kitna isn't bad but he isn't the answer the Lions are looking for.

8/24/2006 9:21 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

These are the questions that need to be answered in the game vs. Detroit:

How will will the O-line perform?

Can Cory Hulsey step up and take over at center for injured Grove?

Will Sims play well in his return to LG?

Can our D-Line create a better pass rush and notch a few sacks?

Will our D continue to create turnovers?

Can our special teams continue to play solid football?

Will the secondary miss a beat without Huff? How well will Gibson perform at SS?

Will the offensive unit build off of the performance against SF?

Can Brooks take another positive step in running the offense?

8/24/2006 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why have the Raiders had so many penalties over the years...Lets see...hmmm....why would the Raiders get so many penalties? Maybe it's because they were so scary 35 years ago that the refs see a need to catch up with their past? I don’t think so. The true reason they are getting so many calls against them is that the other teams are running by and through their O-Line that they need to try to hang on to the pant legs of the defensive onslaught out of sheer life saving reaction. They suck! They are getting penalties because they are a high school caliber team playing NFL stars! They can't hang! When you can't catch your opponent, you have to try to keep your QB alive by any means necessary. If they didn't get so many calls against them your QB would be dead. Your team has no choice BUT to do something..ANYTHING..to keep the other team from running the ball down their throat. Although your last 30 years have been a football follies program editors lottery ticket! It kills me every time I see your O-Line get mauled like little kittens off the snap...Down...Set...Hike..."OH DEAR GOD ...RUN AWAY!!! RUN AWAY!!!" That seems to be their new battle cry. They guys off of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy could do a better job.

Hey! Congrats to your 2nd and 3d stringers going 4-0. Your 1st stringers need some work, but at least you have a winning Preseason! Enjoy the fake wins there lollypops. Better eat your Wheaties though...season starts soon!

8/28/2006 12:29 AM  

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