After playing what was arguably their best game of the season in a losing effort against the Atlanta Falcons, the Oakland Raiders could care less that left a lot on the field in their 26-23 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. That doesn’t mean the Raiders haven’t acknowledged that they will need to play better, but they will look to build off of their second win of the season, which is more enjoyable than thinking about those few plays that could have made the difference between a defeat and a victory.
On Sunday at the O.CO Coliseum, the Oakland Raiders struggled on offense, Darren McFadden wasn’t able to get anything going against the weak rush defense of the Jaguars, and Palmer only completed 56.5% of his passes and threw one interception. Additionally, the Raiders turned the ball over three times, and lost the turnover battle three to one, however, it was that one forced turnover in overtime that allowed Sebastian Janikowski to ice the game with a 40-yard field goal.
The offense has a lot to work on, but it was nice to see Darrius Heyward-Bey finally have a good game, it was his best of the season so far. Heyward-Bey had four receptions, but led the Raiders in receiving yards with 85. Heyward-Bey’s turnaround was a pleasant surprise, but the most noticeable improvement was the Oakland Raiders defense. The defense held the Jaguars to only 209 total yards, only gave up one third down conversion on 15 attempts, help the Jaguars to only 10 total first downs, and recorded three sacks. Prior to the game we said the Raiders will need to get pressure on Gabbert, and they did just that. The Raiders took Gabbert out of the game and forced Jacksonville to insert Chad Henne. This was without a doubt, the Raiders best defensive performance of the season.
Next week the Raiders will travel to Kansas City to battle the Chiefs in a divisional matchup. The Chiefs will be starting Brady Quinn in place of Matt Cassel in an attempt to get better quarterback production and to inspire the team to perform better.