RAIDERS JAGUARS:  The Oakland Raiders remain undefeated on the road after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-16. The Raiders are now 5-2 and the Jaguars 2-4. Coming into the game, the Raiders were the NFL’s lowest ranked defense, giving up over 400 yards per game. Oakland turned in a much stronger performance today, allowing Jacksonville to gain 344 yards but only 1 TD along with interceptions by CB David Amerson and FS Reggie Nelson.


RAIDERS JAGUARS: WR Michael Crabtree turned in another strong performance.


Up 6-3 early in the second quarter, with the offense not doing much, Raider OC Bill Musgrave called an End Around to rookie WR Johnny Morton that gained 29 yards. That play seemed to spark the offense, at least in the first half, as they would drive to the Jaguar 2. On second down from the 2 yard line, RB Latavius Murray ran left behind FB Jamize Olawale, knifing through for a TD. 9 of the drive’s 11 plays were runs.

The Raiders second TD was a 2 yard slant pass to WR Michael Crabtree with 14 seconds left in the first half. Two plays prior, QB Derek Carr hit Crabtree for a 56 yard over the shoulder catch that he hung onto despite being tackled as he pulled the ball into his body.

Late in the 4th, up by 10, the Raiders faced 4th and 24 from their own 38. LS Jon Condo snapped the ball at the feet of Punter Marquette King. Fearing the kick would be blocked, King took off around the right side, picking up the first down. Latavius Murray followed up a few players with a 9 yard TD run.


RAIDERS JAGUARS: After missing the last two games, RB Latavius Murray scored 2 TDs.


*The Raiders held Blake Bortles to 3 yards passing the first quarter and 57 in the first half. He would finish the game 23-43 for 246 yards with 1TD and 2 interceptions.

*Chris Ivory’s 42 yard run in the 2nd quarter was the Jaguar’s longest run of the year and only their 2nd over 20 yards. The Jaguars finished the game with 105 rushing yards.

*WR Amari Cooper had 1 catch for 6 yards in the 1st half. He ended the game with 4 receptions for 29 yards. WR Michael Crabtree caught 8 passes for 96 yards and 1 TD.

*The Jaguars moved the ball to start the 2nd half but had to settle for a 44 yard field goal. On their next three drives, all in the 3rd quarter, the Jaguars gained 11 total yards. The Jags started two of those drives from their own six yard line due to terrific punts by Marquette King.

 CB David Amerson leaps in front of WR Marqise Lee to intercept Blake Bortles.


*The Jaguars were clearly frustrated. In a span of less than 3 minutes, they were called for 3 personal fouls in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Both DT Manilik Jackson and CB Jalen Ramsey would be ejected in the final minutes of 4th. The Jags did fight back, scoring on a 9 yard pass to TE Julius Thomas with 4:12 left in the game, making the score 26-16. The ensuing onside kick went out of bounds, giving the ball to Oakland.

*The Raiders offense fell asleep in the second half. Up until the 4 minute mark in the 4th quarter, they had gained a total of 38 offensive yards. Assisted by Jaguar penalties, they did convert two field goals. After king’s 27 yard run on 4th and 24, the Raiders did go on to score another TD.

*Oakland Kicker Sebastian Janikowski made all 4 of his field goal tries with a long of 52.

*Derek Carr completed 23 of 37 attempts for 200 yards and 1 TD. Latavius Murray led all rushers with 18 carries for 59 yards and 2 TDs. Oddly enough, the Jacksonville Jaguars out-gained the Oakland Raiders 344 yards to 317. Khalil Mack had the games only sack, his third of the year.

*The Raiders have opted to stay and practice in Florida as they prepare to face the 3-3 Buccaneers next week in Tampa.




RAIDERS @ JAGUARS: The Oakland Raiders defense is ranked dead last in total yards—32nd against the pass; 30th against the run. On the ground, they are giving up 138 yards per game and 4.8 per carry. Opposing quarterbacks have a combined QBR rating of 104. Further, they have given up 32 plays of 20+ yards. The only bright spot is the Raider defense has allowed opponents to convert 35% of their third downs. That’s 8th best in the NFL.


RAIDERS @ JAGUARS: Raiders HC Jack Del Rio coached Jacksonville from 2003-2011, leading them to the playoffs in 2003 and 2007.

The Oakland coaches and players are saying the right things with positive results at practice. The question is, when will the talk, and communication and hustle in practice impact game day? The Jaguar’s offense is a ripe opportunity. Their offensive line has been average at times, maybe a little better, but also inconsistent. LT Kelvin Beachum is arguably their best lineman but has not practiced all week. If the offensive line has stood out in one area, it’s picking up the blitz.

The Jags cannot run the ball, period. Once promising RB Chris Ivory has given way to TJ Yeldon. Behind him, Jacksonville is averaging 3.3 yards per carry and have a one run longer than 20 yards. Remove QB Blake Bortles’s 90 yards on 18 carries, and their average drops to 3.0.

Blake Bortles is having a decent year considering he doesn’t have a running game and his wide receivers are performing below average. Through 5 games, Bortles has completed 61% of his passes with a QBR of 80.3. He’s averaging 249 yards per game with 8 TDs and 7 interceptions. Bortles’s primary target is WR Allen Robinson, who has 3 TDs on 24 receptions. His average per catch is 12.0. TE Julius Thomas has 13 receptions, averaging 13.5 ypc.


RAIDERS @ JAGUARS: A key match up will be the Raiders WRs and TEs ability to stretch the field against the Jaguars secondary.

Jacksonville’s defense is ranked 8th in total yards—8th against the pass and 14th against the run. DC Todd Wash has made it clear their strategy is to keep everything in front of the secondary. Force the Raiders to dink and dunk and wait for them to make a mistake. Raiders QB Derek Carr, however, has been very protective of the ball, throwing only 3 interceptions. For their part, the Jaguars defense has snagged just three picks and recovered two fumbles. Despite having high profile players like rookie CB Jalen Ramsey, 2nd year DE Dante Fowler, CB Prince Amukamara, and free agent prize Malik Jackson, the Jaguars are allowing teams to convert 45% of their third down tries, ranking them 28th in the NFL.

The Jags run a 4-3, led by LBs Paul Posluszny, Don Skuta, and Telvin Smith. MLB Posluszny leads the team with 46 tackles. He has 1.5 sacks and 1 interception. Rookie DE/OLB Yannick Ngakoue leads the team with 4 sacks. The secondary is young and talented with the potential to be a top 10 unit. Right now, though, the only DB with an interception is FS Tashaun Gipson.



So how do we see it? The Raiders have shown they can win on the road. The Jaguars have been inconsistent. RB Latavius Murray is back to practicing but no word yet if plays on Sunday. Biggest question–Will Khalil Mack or Bruce Irving put Bortles on the ground? We think so. Nonetheless a tough game for a Raiders defense that is still finding its way.

Raiders 30 Jaguars 27



Head Coach Jack Del Rio expects to be booed on Sunday.

“I would say there’s always appreciation to go back to the place where you spent a good portion of your career. I spent nine good years there. A place where [former Jaguars Owner Wayne] Weaver gave me my start as a head coach in this league. Lot of fond memories, lot of good people there, lot of friends and our family gets back there quite a bit so from that standpoint, it’s always good to go compete against the people that you went up against.”  Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio.