Derek Carr Squeaky Clean in Season Opener

Aug 12, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders guard Rodney Hudson (61) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Blackhanside makes his JBB debut, analyzing the Oakland Raiders via video and film review.

Pretty new to this whole writing thing, so stay with me here. I’ve got a couple of thoughts on the 2016 Oakland Raiders and their Head Coach.

On Sunday I was just like most Raiders fans — nervous, excited, and almost impossible to be around. The Raiders won a game that they should have won, which sounds simple but it’s the complete opposite from what we’ve grown accustomed to.

I said immediately after the game “I can’t watch 16 ******* games like this, I can’t”. My heart can’t take it, the ups and the downs, the penalties, the bad calls, the nerves — it’s just too much to face every week.

Screaming “kick the damn ball, Jack, what the hell are you doing?!!” at the top of my lungs, launching a perfectly delicious batch of chicken wings across the room (Zipps, I swear I’m sorry I’ll respect your place a little more next time, just let me come back) then jumping up and down with my new found friend Richard (I don’t know his real name, he looks like a Richard) when King Crab caught the two-point conversion.

This was all IMMEDIATE. Time has now passed, I’ve watched that game four more times since then. Yeah, four times…so what? What I have noticed was something entirely different. I could watch these games every single week.

Let’s start with the the explosiveness of Jalen Richard in the run game.

And the explosiveness of Jalen Richard in the return game.

The DOMINANCE of the Raiders offensive line:

How they kept Derek Carr clean all day long.

Kelechi Osemele tossing around linebackers.

Rodney Hudson being a bulldozer.

All very exciting. Not to mention a personal favorite of mine, Denico Autry.

There are things to be excited about this season.

The Oakland Raiders were resilient, creative, tough, and determined to win this game in a season opener, on the road, after going down late.

This ain’t the “Same ol’ Raiders”.

With legitimate playmakers all over the field on both sides of the ball, this could be a whole lot of fun.


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