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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Keys to the Game

The Game
The regular season action kicks off for the Raiders on Monday, Sept 11, against the San Deigo Chargers. This will be a tough test to beginthe new season and will be a very good indicator on how our team will perform this season.

Here are a few keys to the game:

1) Stop the run
L.T. is one of the best Running Backs in the NFL. He has been a large reason for San Diego's turn around. If the Raiders can hold him, it will cause the Chargers to pass the ball with first year starter Philip Rivers and that is what we want.

2) Create Turnovers
We were one of the worst teams in the league at creating turnovers last season and it showed. Shell has been very committed to rectifying this problem and it has showed this preseason. If we can carry this over into the regular season, we will have more success this season.

3) Pressure the Quarterback
Generally, first time starters struggle when pressured. We need a strong pass rush from our front 4 and watch for Ryan to be sending some of our speedy defensive backs on blitzes against Rivers. We need to get to him early and not let him develop into any type of rythm.

4) Protect Aaron Brooks
Our pass protection has looked both good and bad this preseason. If we can give Brooks time to get the ball deep, we will win this game. The Chargers have one of the best run defenses in the league and if we want to soften it up at all, we need to get the ball downfield to Randy Moss.

NFL Network
Did anyone get a chance to catch that two hour season preview they had on NFL Network last night? I really enjoyed it. When they were doing the AFC West both Woodson and Faulk picked Denver as the team to beat but they both said that Oakland would contend this year. They picked San Deigo to bring up the bottom of the division and really didn't say a whole lot about the Cheifs.


Blogger Ayman said...

I don't think San Deigo will bring up the bottom of the West. They have way to much talent on that team for that. Big game for the Chiefs this weekend though. It is a must win. because week 2 we go to Denver.


9/07/2006 10:39 AM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

The Bengals may be better than Denver so that is a very rough start to a season.

San Diego does have a ton of talent but QBs can lose games single-hendely. Look at Collins, How many QBs have played that poorly with Randy Moss as a WR?

9/07/2006 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very, very true Analyzer. I just hope Nnamdi can establish himself as a legitimate corner early or everybody will be picking on him the rest of the season.

9/07/2006 5:37 PM  
Blogger Johnny Jock said...

The NFL wants the Cardinals in the playoffs and they are going to fix the NFC West to put them there. It effects Oakland because they play the Cards and the NFL isn't crazy about Dallas, Buffalo or the Raiders. San Diego lost its starting olb and has a new qb to go with a thin receiving corps but they are 3 point favorites over Oakland? look at Dallas with T.O. and a strong pass rush 3 point underdogs against the untested receiving corps of Jacksonville.

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9/07/2006 6:36 PM  
Blogger America's Team said...

'This will be a tough test to beginthe new season and will be a very good indicator on how our team will perform this season.'

So If the Raiders get beat by the Chargers, will it bea very good indicator that the Raiders will 'suck' the rest of the season?

9/07/2006 7:17 PM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

I guess winning or losing by itself isn't a good indicator. IT depends on how the team plays. If Oakland puts together a solid game and loses by a field goal, I wouldn't say they are going to suck but if they were to get blown out by 50 points, then one might be able to conclude that.

9/07/2006 9:21 PM  
Anonymous Green Demon said...

Prediction: Raiders 0-3 first 3 games. Bank on it.

9/08/2006 1:02 AM  
Blogger America's Team said...

Then you might want to reaccess the success or failure of the opening game. I don't think the first game is an indication at all to see how the rest of the season will go.
Things can change.

9/08/2006 8:03 AM  
Blogger America's Team said...

I think the Chargers will win!

9/08/2006 8:04 AM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The Cowboys will extend their streak of ineptitude ... 10 consecutive seasons without a playoff victory and couting.

9/08/2006 10:20 PM  

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