OAKLAND,Calif.(RushPRNews)10/19/08â€”It’s been a long road to Sunday’s win by the Oakland Raiders. Early-season KiffinÂ drama aside, the RaidersÂ experienced a devastating loss last week against the New Orleans Saints (3-34). Raider fansÂ might have gone into today’s game with low expectations, with no help fromÂ the upcoming appearance by legendary Brett Favre, who’d helpedÂ the New York Jets win three out of five games since the start of the season.
But as Raider-faithful filled the Oak-town stadiumâ€”with Black Hole die-hards in silver and black regaliaâ€”what happened in today’s gameÂ looked suprisingly familiarâ€”almost retrospective of a winning Raider team.
Raiders defense was aggressive and decisive. OnÂ offense, JaMarcus Russell no doubt benefitted from Tom Cable’s dissecting of last week’s game and identifying what Cable reportedly called “the good, the bad and the ugly” of Russell offense. The Russell under Kiffin seemed hesitant, unable to let go of the ball and not a receiver in sight when he did. But on Sunday, Russell held the ball for what seemed like two seconds, taking a quick glance for anÂ opportunity, then acted, and in the end completed 17-of-30 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown.
Yes, the Raiders showed up. They played football, and it’s been a long time coming.
As for Cable, who has both an exciting and challenging task of leading the young Raider team inÂ post-Kiffin-Davis dysfunction, he coached a good game. His timeout call with 8 seconds on the clock might be perceived as a blunder. But had Jay Feely made that field goal, Cable’s call would have been right on. While the former Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach gave Feely another chanceâ€”to which the kicker answered with a 52-yard field goal and a tie atÂ 13â€”the Raiders pulled off their second win of the season in a compelling overtime.
Thanks to more excellent defense in post-regulation,Â six plays and 42 yards, iron-foot Sebastian JanikowskiÂ helped theÂ silver and blackÂ clinch the game with a franchise record 57-yard field goal, with 2:30 left on the clock.
NEXT WEEK: The Raiders head East to take on the Ravens at Baltimore on Sunday, October 26.