Raiders Game MVP, Rookie Jacoby Ford, Alongside Team Defensive MVP, Nnamdi Asomugha, Following Return Of Opening 2nd Half Kickoff For TD
The Red Hot Chili Peppers said it best … “Give it away, give it away, give it away now”. And for most of the game, the Raiders tried to do that. Give it away, because their special teams failed with a miss on a 47-yard field goal attempt from Sebastian Janikowski. Then, the Silver & Black fumbled away the momentum when it was completely in their favor. Give it away, because when they needed to make a key catch or throw to convert, they didn’t succeed. And ultimately, they gave it away by committing 15 penalties for 140 yards. They nearly “gave it away”, with a scoreless first half performance.
So what happened and how did it finish: Jason Campbell LED the team to victory. He made the clutch, deep throws over the middle of the field to first-year pro from Clemson, Jacoby Ford (306 all-purpose yards: 148 receiving, 158 returning), at the end of the game and in overtime while Matt Cassel did not; hence why they won this game. Let’s review the pre-game keys to success:
- Win the Line of Scrimmage Battle
Yes. While they gave up 104 yards to the KC offense, it was at a 3.1 yard per carry. Conversely, they averaged 4.3 yards per carry, and the best player on the field again was Darren McFadden. The Raiders won the line scrimmage battle.
- Limit the Mistakes
Nope. The potential killer was Nick Miller’s fumble punt. Raiders were up 17-13 , had offensive momentum, while the crowd was into it, and then poof; it went away just like that. The fact that it occurred, made their comeback that much more impressive.
- Let Cassel Lose It
Eh. They stopped the run, and forced Cassel, eventually, to win or lose the game. He threw a horrible INT to end the half in the end zone and was just as horrible to begin the 2nd half. He had one throw in the 2nd half on 3rd & 11 to Dwayne Bowe that gave them the lead in the 4th, at 20-17, but Campbell outdid the former USC Trojan and New England Patriot from that point on.
- Rolando McClain: Are you Ready for your Closeup?
Nope. That is because he got hurt and they had to go to Ricky Brown, who could not keep up with Jamaal Charles if his life depended on it.