"Action" Jackson here with another week of great news out of Oakland. We took on the previously undefeated Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore and came away with a victory, resulting in a 3-1 record after the first quarter of the season. Here's a summary of each phase of the game.
Michael "King Crab" Crabtree continues his dominant resurgence, catching 3 TDs against the Ravens' stingy defense. Derek Carr was on point all game, making his throws and avoiding costly turnovers. The offensive line left much to be desired, as the Ravens' won the line of scrimmage all day, pressuring the quarterback and generally bottling up all of our running backs. I don't understand why Latavius doesn't get more carries; he made the Pro Bowl last season. (That doesn't really mean much anymore, does it?) Derek Carr engineered yet another come from behind win, something this young gunslinger is getting better and better at. Happy he's my quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Khalil got a sack! Khalil got a sack! #MackAttack begins now! All seriousness, the pass rush is finally starting to come alive. Outside linebacker turned defensive end Khalil Mack made his presence felt all game, drawing holding calls and finally getting to the quarterback. That'll pick up; he's too good to be blocked all game. On the down side: the linebackers continue to get beat in coverage, and it would be so great to finally get a secondary that knew how to make and secure tackles. (Damn you, Steve Smith.) Defense won this game late in the 4th quarter with a 4th down stop against the Ravens' offense. Let's hope we can pick it up next week when the Chargers come to town.
Punter Marquette King had the single best day for a punter that Pro Football Focus has ever recorded. The kick and punt coverage teams made their tackles, and the Ravens never had optimal field position they needed to score some points. Good day all around.
3-0 on the road to start the season? Del Rio, you dog. That takes a lot of good coaching, especially when this last one was a 3-0 team that was playing at home. Willing your team to come from behind is hard, but on the road and with a roster this young, that's a recipe for continued success. San Diego is coming to Oakland next week, and in the first divisional game of this season, a win could set them up for an excellent start to their pursuit of a playoff spot.
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