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Well you just really have to quantify this Raiders win that way. Yes, it was Terrelle Pryor's first career win as a starting QB. Yes, it was a game we were treated to a Darren McFadden appearance. Yes, the special teams and defense looked pretty good, and definitely not awful as the Raiders moved to .500 on the young season... But we still must realize this was against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags are not just bad - the Jags are comically bad. Even people like us used to watching the Raiders every week look at the Jags and go "Oh my God, that is a bad football team." They may stand a very good chance that they will not win a single game this year. This was a sloppy win, that should have not even been close, but was. But it's still a W and we'll still take it.

Flynndeed, our new starting QB/Hero was much more of a game manager Sunday. TP went 15 for 24 for 126 yards and ran for only 50 more. But when the Raiders run the ball as well as they did - 226 yards total - Pryor did all he needed to do and did not turn the ball over. It seemed like DA was playing it safe in the red zone, I feel like the Raiders should have won this game more like 31-9 instead of 19-9. The Raiders definitely dominated the whole day, yet towards the end the Jags were still able to make it interesting because so many times the Raiders could only come up with 3 instead of 7.

McFadden looked great - when he got into the open field. McFadden had 4 rushes for a total of 110 yards. His other 15 carries totaled 19 yards. So that was a bit of a boom or bust. We'll have to wait and see how that plays out against a real NFL defense as opposed to whatever Jax was throwing out there on Sunday.

Many positives can also be gleamed from the defensive performance. The Raiders collected 4 more sacks - giving them a total of 9 for the season (they only had 25 ALL of 2012), but a key injury was sustained by safety Tyvon Branch, looks like a broken fibula could keep him out a significant amount of time this year. Hopefully Usama Young or Phillip Adams can step up to fill Branch's place - it will be tough. But these are things every NFL team must deal with and that's why depth is so important. We all knew depth would be a questionable situation for the Raiders in 2013, and it seems early this year that will be put to the test.

Next week of course is the Denver game, and unfortunately it has to be our only Monday night game. The Donks have been running roughshod over everyone this year, and they look darn near unstoppable. Raiders will have to play a perfect game on both sides of the ball, and even then will need a good bit of luck just to stay in this game. But I believe in this team, and so should you.

GO RAIDERS!!!
September 16, 2013  05:50 PM ET

Glad the Raiders won.. after all I do have McFadden on my FF team and he was in my starting line-up for this game.. McFadden looked good.. not great.. and may have to bench him for the upcoming game with Denver.. still undecided on that one.. I don't see the Raider's D stopping Manning.. at least I hope not.. he's the starting QB on my team

September 16, 2013  08:21 PM ET

The defense has looked vastly improved this season (especially limiting a QB like Luck to just 147 yards) and McFadden looked great on Sunday. If we can get Pryor to play more games like the game vs the Colts....good times ahead for Raider Nation.

September 16, 2013  09:34 PM ET

I'm concerned about the inability to score touchdowns. Especially against Jacksonville. I'll take the win though - gives the team the much needed optimism they'll need if they are to have any chance against Denver.

"The quarterback must go down, and he must go down hard." - Al Davis

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September 17, 2013  04:04 PM ET

This team just needs a spark, you never know week in week out, Denver has had unbelievable success during the last year on regular season games, things start to go wrong for them and who knows they Raiders could pull an upset.

It is why they play the games, on paper yeah they have no shot, but we all know fumbles, kick's being run back and of course a pick six (yeah even Peyton's receivers with deflect a pass now and then) are major game changers. Add we all have a bad day now and then and maybe the Raiders will catch Denver on on one of those bad days.

September 19, 2013  03:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This team just needs a spark, you never know week in week out, Denver has had unbelievable success during the last year on regular season games, things start to go wrong for them and who knows they Raiders could pull an upset.It is why they play the games, on paper yeah they have no shot, but we all know fumbles, kick's being run back and of course a pick six (yeah even Peyton's receivers with deflect a pass now and then) are major game changers. Add we all have a bad day now and then and maybe the Raiders will catch Denver on on one of those bad days.

Hope you're right Hammered. But if that doesn't happen, I hope they make it a competitive game. As long as I keep seeing improvement from week to week, I'm happy!

September 19, 2013  03:35 PM ET
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Glad to see Clady will be out. The old Lisfranc injury too. Manning better watch his back, we coming!

Houston is licking his chops!

September 19, 2013  03:42 PM ET

I hope Pryor breaks his legs and arms.

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September 19, 2013  05:41 PM ET
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I hope Pryor breaks his legs and arms.

Now, that's just not nice! That's almost as bad as me saying I hope Houston splits the gap and makes Peyton's head spin around like the exorcist. But I would never stoop so low!

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September 19, 2013  06:12 PM ET

LMAO Yrmots!

September 19, 2013  06:25 PM ET

ive always wondered...

when your team is rebuilding do you root for wins and improvement or for the best possible draft position? because it seems the raiders are just hurting themselves by starting tp...hes been respectable and gives them a chance to win. but is that really what ya want?

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September 19, 2013  06:41 PM ET
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ive always wondered...when your team is rebuilding do you root for wins and improvement or for the best possible draft position? because it seems the raiders are just hurting themselves by starting tp...hes been respectable and gives them a chance to win. but is that really what ya want?

When you've been reloading and rebuilding for as long as the Raiders have, you want wins. Period.

September 19, 2013  06:48 PM ET

Jason Hunter has been a pleasant surprise also. He has 2 sacks and his career high in a season is 5. I think he's going to be a player to watch for the Raiders this season.

 
September 20, 2013  12:51 PM ET
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Yes.

fair enough.

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