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    The Raiders

    Peter King posted an article on the Raiders in profootballtalk....

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...-2-peter-king/

    <The Raiders
    They can win . . . now

    When I saw GM Mike Mayock in training camp seven weeks ago, he told me: “We need to be a playoff team—and beyond. It’s time to win.” The last seven days tells me they can be. The easy way to look at the Raiders is to see Derek Carr throwing for 817 yards in his first two games, playing clutch down the stretch, and finally activating the Cliff Branch of modern Raiderdom. Al Davis would have loved seeing Carr throw a zeppelin-ball 57 yards in the air, to a spot where sprinter/wideout Henry Ruggs was zooming toward, and connecting with Ruggs on a 61-yard touchdown that clinched the 26-17 upset of the Steelers in Pittsburgh’s home opener. Oh, and Al would have loved that the pass came at the confluence of the Three Rivers, against the team he despised from the Immaculate Reception a half-century ago.

    Let’s give Carr his due, and let’s give Jon Gruden his due too—for being in perfect sync with Carr now, for calling the kind of plays in the kind of order that’s becoming hard to stop. The offensive line is leaky, and the franchise back, Josh Jacobs, might not be a durable player; we’ll see. But this is a big-league quarterback, with a big-league receiving corps. Maybe Ruggs will never be an every-down receiver, but to ruin games he doesn’t have to be. Leave that to Darren Waller, Bryan Edwards and Hunter Renfrow.

    The defense has been so much better than I thought. In the first two game, per Pro Football Focus, Vegas has brought significant pressure on 38 percent of the dropbacks of Lamar Jackson and Ben Roethlisberger. It’s not T.J. Watt-type pressure, but it’s enough to not leave the secondary out to dry as was so often the case last year. Also: Criticize Mayock for a slew of his high picks, which is fair. But give him credit for the one-year, $2.5-million contract he agreed to with cornerback Casey Hayward, who’s been very good in the first two weeks. The Ravens and Steelers are 0-for-5 targeting him, and he’s been in coverage against both physical and fleet receivers so far. And Solomon Thomas, cut loose by the 49ers last winter, gave the Raiders two sacks of Roethlisberger on Sunday.

    The West is where the power is, in both conferences. Who’d have thought it’d be the Raiders and Broncos at 2-0, with KC and the Chargers 1-1. This could be a fascinating year out west.>

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    Good article.. Raiders 2-0

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    Broncos, beat the Jags and Giants, not really the world beaters like the Steelers and Ravens. Nevertheless....can't buy confidence, they got the Jets, Steelers and Ravens before us....so they could be 3-2 by the time we face them.

    With a defense that is half decent, we will surprise some teams, Gruden's offense with 3 offseasons of collecting pieces has really upped the volume on the things he can run, so our offense will be less predictable, you take Waller, Jacobs is out....Ruggs stepped up, Drake stepped up, Renfrow was his consistent self.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by raiderjohn622 View Post
    broncos, beat the jags and giants, not really the world beaters like the steelers and ravens. Nevertheless....can't buy confidence, they got the jets, steelers and ravens before us....so they could be 3-2 by the time we face them.

    With a defense that is half decent, we will surprise some teams, gruden's offense with 3 offseasons of collecting pieces has really upped the volume on the things he can run, so our offense will be less predictable, you take waller, jacobs is out....ruggs stepped up, drake stepped up, renfrow was his consistent self.....
    edwards stepped up as well, i wanna see ruggs avg 7 targets a game,edward's around 6 a game both of these kids could be special and both have different skill sets as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrbass2000 View Post
    edwards stepped up as well, i wanna see ruggs avg 7 targets a game,edward's around 6 a game both of these kids could be special and both have different skill sets as well
    Yup, a full offseason training program under their belt, it's a huge thing, comparing last year to this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiderjohn622 View Post
    Yup, a full offseason training program under their belt, it's a huge thing, comparing last year to this year.
    we could do waller 11,renfro 7,ruggs 7,edwards 6 easily

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    And dont forget about Foster Moreau for 2-3 a game. Moreau doesnt get a lot of volume but always seems his catches are big ones. 15 yarders... TDs..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePantyRaider View Post
    And dont forget about Foster Moreau for 2-3 a game. Moreau doesnt get a lot of volume but always seems his catches are big ones. 15 yarders... TDs..
    drakes been avg about 5 catches a game for 45 yds too

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