In the final Thursday night home game in Oakland, the Raiders edged the Los Angeles Chargers, 26-24. By winning this game, the team pulled above .500, at 5-4. More importantly, a two-game win streak seems to have galvanized the team and building a momentum. With the majority of the tough schedule behind them, the Oakland Raiders are making a playoff push.
If you remain honest, rookie defensive end Clelin Ferrell struggled to behgin his career. Last night, he registered eight tackles and 2.5 sacks. Ferrell played with the urgency of the moment. While not flawless from a technique standpoint, he did enough to stave off the onslaught of criticism for a week. Ferrell flashed sustain bouts of production. Erik Harris owes Ferrell and the pass rush for two picks.
Although he only tallied half a sack, statisticians credited him with 10 QB pressures. As result, he forced Philip Rivers to throw off the back foot. Crosby’s use of hand technique and burst made the Raiders pass rush come alive. After weeks of quiet, Crosby continues to provide the burst.
Until the third, Josh Jacobs carried the ball nine times. Gruden conserved his rookie back and deployed him late. Proving to be what amounted to the game winning score, Jacobs streaked through the Chargers and found pay dirt. Gruden’s recent usage reminds many why he sits in that chair. After months of uncertainty. Gruden continues to impress with an eye for the modern game.
Entering the game the Raiders boasted a stout run defense. Against the Chargers, that fell by the wayside. Melvin Gordon torched the Silver and Black for 108 yards. In concentrating on getting to the passer, Oakland sacrificed the run. Going forward, can they play a complete defensive game.
Close the Show
Between Erik Harris and Clelin Ferrell, the defense excelled, Yet, the Raiders need to hand the ball to Derek Carr. Tasked with leading a game-winning drive, Carr stood in the pocket and gave the team the leadership many think he can. On the other side of the ball, Karl Joseph continues to make himself money in the offseason with a pick to clinch the game.
The Oakland Raiders needed this win. In all honesty, they need every win. Yet, with an easy schedule, the playoff hunt looks realistic.