Raiders handle Jets, Improve to 2-0

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Behind an electric offense, and an amazing day from Michael Crabtree, the Oakland Raiders have beaten the New York Jets 45-20.

After a poor first drive, the Raiders got the ball back and marched down the field. Derek Carr found Michael Crabtree on a back-shoulder fade route from a yard out, to cap off an 11 play, 81-yard drive. Early in the second quarter, Carr found Crabtree again, this time from 26 yards out, to put the Raiders up by 14.

The Jets would answer though, with Josh McCown firing a dart to Jermaine Kearse for a 34-yard TD. After a Catanzaro field goal, the Jets merely trailed 14-10. Things were looking up for New York, until Kalif Raymond muffed a punt, giving the Raiders excellent field position just before halftime. Oakland would make use of this, as Marshawn Lynch scored for the first time as a Raider to make it 21-10.

The Silver & Black would run away with the game in the second half, with touchdown runs from Jalen Richard, Cordarrelle Patterson, and a 3rd TD for Crabtree. Giorgio Tavecchio added a field goal, and the Raiders are still perfect in 2017.

Ballers:

Michael Crabtree. Crabtree was exceptional today. With 80 yards, and three touchdowns on six receptions, Michael was Carr’s go-to receiver today. Crabtree posted a perfect 158.3 WR Rating today. He was literally perfect.

Cordarrelle Patterson. When Patterson came over in free agency, most people assumed he would be a specialist, and not do much else. The Raiders’ coaching staff obviously had other thoughts in mind. Patterson was used in ways he’d never been used before in Minnesota, and after a few carries he broke off a run for a 43-yard touchdown. Patterson should have an extended role in the offense going forward, and it will be exciting to watch.

Karl Joseph. I was very impressed with the young safety today. He looked great when blitzing, giving the Jets offensive line problems all day. He broke through the line to force McCown into a sack early in the game, and came up with a strip-sack himself later. If he keeps taking steps forward, he’ll be a key piece of this defense.

Whats Next? 

The Raiders get their first taste of primetime action next Sunday in the nation’s capital. Washington’s defense is average, and our offense should have a good night. Kirk Cousins is a great quarterback, however, and our defense will need to step up. It should be a fun game to watch.

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