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Author: Jon Kuzma
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It didn’t take very long to see that Jon Gruden is an excellent offensive play caller. On the very first drive it was apparent that this is a rhythm and timing offense which is very well coordinated. Oakland only scored 16 points in their win over the Lions but the scheme and concepts were all on point. In time those philosophies will help Oakland score a lot of touchdowns. The other thing Gruden does is bootleg quite often. So defenders have to be conscious of that play or it’s going to be a long day. As for the game Connor Cook had a good night throwing for 141 yards, 1 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Chris Warren III was also a top performer for the silver and black putting up 86 rushing yards. Ryan Switzer hauled in the lone touchdown grab and that was enough to seal the Raiders fate. Detroit couldn’t get anything going and that was because of sketchy quarterback play. Neither Jake Rudock or Matt Cassell threw for 100 yards and that’s not enough. One bright spot for the Lions was the running backs on their roster. That was a weakness for this franchise the past couple of years but now there’s a stable of ball carriers who can get the job done. Kerryon Johnson looked really special in his first pro game ever. Johnson had a 57 yard run called back because of a penalty but on that play he really showed he can be an impact player from day one. Ameer Abduallah also scored a touchdown and made several big plays. Together those guys and LeGarrette Blount have a lot of potential. The Raiders have to be happy about pulling out the win though. It was a tough fought battle but Oakland persevered down the stretch. It’s just a little bit more momentum for Jon Gruden and company as they march towards the regular season.
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The Jon Gruden era is officially underway and the Raiders are off to a good start.