From the Armchair: Oakland Raiders, Week 8
So a win is a win right? Don’t get me wrong I am very happy that we beat the Steelers, but let’s just recap some highlights and some not so highlights.
First Half: So to start off the game Pryor fakes a handoff to McFadden, then rushes 93 yards for a touchdown! Yay! New NFL record for longest rushing TD for a QB!! Later in the first quarter McFadden runs it in from 7 yards out for a TD. In the second quarter McFadden takes the snap, looks to throw but sees and opening and runs it in from 4 yards out. TD! Our defense did amazing keeping the Steelers from scoring a TD but it was close, Steelers ended up scoring 3 points in the second quarter. So at this point its 21-3 and things are finally looking good.
Second Half: Where was the offense? They did absolutely nothing in the second half. It’s like they were playing to not lose. I didn’t like the play calling, I felt like they didn’t trust Pryor to go out and be a QB. This was upsetting. Our defense however stepped it up. Even though the Steelers scored 15 second half points the Raiders defense sacked Ben 6 times. Let’s face it, he is not an easy guy to sack! The defense was the highlight of the game. They played all 4 quarters, they never gave up, and everyone thought they were going to be horrible this season.
All in all, I am glad we won! I just want to see our offense show up for all 4 quarters. They need to let Pryor gain experience even if he makes mistakes. If you are up 21-3 at the half, don’t give him just the safe plays. Let him score more points, not just maintain the lead. You won’t win that way against better teams.
Next week we host the Eagles. Go Raiders!!