When the Raiders welcomed the Packers to Oakland, two teams with intertwined recent history took the field. Yet, fans showed up to watch another step in the ongoing evolution in the Jon Gruden Era. The Raiders defeated the Packers 13-6. In this game, Fadol Brown starred for Oakland as he tallied seven tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Donald Penn showed a bit off rust when facing Clay Matthews. While Penn struggled, you can see where he is trying to adapt. Although Matthews seemed to prevail in these matchups, this helps Penn. In the long run, playing a speedy edge rusher will help Penn settle on the right side.
Playing versus the first-team defense makes this play noteworthy. In addition, Cooper getting open serves as testimony to the new offense. If Cooper can get that free regularly, Carr will enjoy a huge 2018.
For the first time in years, the Raiders generated a consistent pass rush. As a result, the Packers offense looked disjointed and lacked rhythm. More importantly, Oakland generated pressure from the interior. After years of watching poorly constructed schemes, the Raiders look crisper, more disciplined. Furthermore, the Raiders bring depth to the equation. Once Khalil Mack returns, that makes the pass rush diverse and more dangerous. While preseason sacks may be unimportant, eight quarterback hits suggest constant harassment
Eventually, someone will need to win the starting job. Not to mention, one of the two needs to separate from the other. If Derek Carr ever sustains another injury, the Raiders must prepare for it. Connor Cook spent the majority of the first half underthrowing receiver. Moreover, the poor throw in the red zone led to an interception. Plus, Cook tossed a pick-6 that a defensive holding call negated. While Carr is the undoubted number one, the Raiders may ant to call a quarterback.