"Action" Jackson here with a quick recap of my Oakland Raiders' loss to the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday.
Offense: Derek Carr is really developing into a franchise quarterback. I am very pleased with his progress; he checks the play at the line, he makes his audibles, he makes his reads, make all the throws to our increasingly skilled receivers and tight ends, and he can get out of bounds and move the chains with his legs. I like him. He's almost a young Brett Favre. Don't blame me, Favre said so himself. Our offensive line is excellent, they keep his jersey clean, and our running backs are doing great. Offense wasn't our issue in this game. They scored points, they got great yardage, and they are actually one of the better units in the NFL.
Defense: Oh, wait, they play defense in the NFL? I couldn't tell, because our defense has been atrocious these past two games. We made all these free agent signings, we drafted young defensive players, we have Khalil Mack, and yet we have failed to stop anybody. Granted, this is the NFL and everyone is excellent at what they do, otherwise, why be there, but seriously? Sean Smith can't play press coverage for two straight weeks? Malcolm Smith gets beat like he stole something every time a tight end goes out for a pass? Yeah, no. Not for me. We're 1-1, same as the Green Bay Packers, so keep hope alive? Eh, maybe.
Special Teams: Sebastian Janikowski, our kicker, missed a crucial kick. Taiwan Jones, our returner who solely returns kicks and punts, fumbled a kick return. The punt team failed to cover a punt that almost went for a score, only saved by a horse collar tackle by our punter. Our punter. Literally all these people have one job, and they failed to do that. That's how you lose a game. Thanks, Raiders. See you next week.
Coaching: Jack Del Rio is the coach that we've needed for years. He's ballsy, he makes great play calls, and he has the mentality of some old-school Raiders coaches and players. Del Rio followed up his gutsy two point conversion call last week with a 4th-and-goal call that went for a touchdown. Both involving Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Michael Crabtree. I'm seeing a trend here, and it's going to your playmakers in crunch time. This is a very very young team with a gutsy coach who believes in them. We're in good shape for the future.
Check in next week when I summarize our match-up with the Tennessee Titans.
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