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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Antonio Brown didn’t want to be an Oakland Raider and we weren’t sure if the team’s offense would hold up without Brown in their lineup? But people forget just how good of a play caller Jon Gruden is and his west coast offense looked great against the Denver Broncos.
The most notable part of Gruden’s game plan was the crossing routes and how good the rhythm and timing was between Derek Carr and his receivers. Carr was sharp in this contest completing 22 out of 26 passing attempts for 259 yards and 1 touchdown. Most of Carr’s big plays went to Tyrell Williams who had 105 yards and 1 touchdown himself. The other star of the night was rookie Josh Jacobs who racked up 85 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Keep in mind these guys were able to play well against Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and a tough Denver defense. Oakland feels like a team that is on the rise and it’s surprising that Brown didn’t want to be a part of it. Yeah New England is a perennial powerhouse but being on the Raiders team that finally turns it around will be an awesome experience. Gruden knows how to get the most out his offensive players and it showed tonight in the details. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the silver and black execute so crisp. Morale is high in that locker room and now they feel like they can compete with anyone.
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The Oakland Raiders proved they’re worthy of our respect by beating the Denver Broncos 24-16.