It’s only been a little over a year since we have seen the Oakland Raiders in a season home opener. It has just seemed to be a whole lot longer, in part due to the disappointing way that the 2016 season came to an end. It was a nightmare of epic proportion for the Raider Nation. Barring the Derek Carr injury who knows where this team might have gone. But that was then and this is now and the Oakland Raiders have never looked better. There is every reason to believe that this could be their year, the year that fans have dreamed of for decades.
With one game safely tucked away (a win over the Tennessee Titans last Sunday) the Silver and Black opened at home for the first time this season. They took on the New York Jets where the Raiders were highly favored. They come into this game with an improved defense, a wicked offense and a special team that highlights kicker Giorgio Tavecchio who has stepped in for the injured Sebastian Janikowski. Tavecchio was outstanding against the Titan last week completing two 50+ yard kicks and who knows; he could figure into the future of this franchise someday.
After a rousing rendition of the national anthem by Madie B the Raiders elected to receive. Unable to move the ball on their first possession. They’re second possession went the distance via a 26 yard razzle dazzle play to midfield and an outstanding catch in the end zone by Michael Crabtree for a 7-0 lead.
Going into the second quarter the score remained 7-0 with Raiders in possession of the ball and starting from the Jet 31. A solid drive for 85 yards culminated in a second touchdown for Michael Crabtree and a 14-0 Oakland lead. The Jets were able to score with 9:08 left in the quarter. Josh McCown was able to drive his team 75 yards for the touchdown; a pass and outstanding catch by Jermaine Kearse for 7. Trailing by a single touchdown the Jets began to hunker down and the Raiders fell victim to a number of bad calls. New York was threatening to tie up this game. The Jets bid for a second touchdown was denied forcing the field goal attempt. The kick was good and the Raiders led by a slim margin 14-10.
The Raiders were in need of a big play and special teams was happy to oblige. New York, for no good reason, did not signal a fair catch on a Raiders punt late in the quarter. Thanks partially to the blazing sun, that catch was muffed and recovered by Oakland on the Jet 2 yard line. Several plays later, Oakland punched the ball in via Beast Mode and the Silver and Black took a 21-10 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Jets were able to kick a field goal to pull within one touchdown 21-13. Oakland came to life late in the third quarter when #84 Cordarelle Patterson took a hand off 43 yards into the end zone to distance themselves from New York 28-13.
As the third quarter came to an end, the Oakland defense had come back to life holding New York and getting ready to start the fourth and final quarter in possession of the ball.
The fourth quarter was the grand reawakening of the Raider offense as #30 Jalen Richard romped downfield 52 yards for yet another impressive rush for the Silver and Black. Once Richard saw daylight it was over for the Jets helpless to stop the running back. The Raiders now led by the score of 35-13. They had broken this game wide open. On the Jets next drive the Oakland defense forced a turnover on the New York 18 yard line and the broken Jet offense was done. Karl Joseph was responsible for the turnover and Michael Crabtree celebrated his third touchdown of the game extending their lead to 42-13. The Jets would score one last time for a final of 45-20. Gorgio Tavecchio would add three points of his own for an outstanding win in the second game of the season.