The Rough Cut: Patriots vs Raiders 10.02.11

by Kisha on October 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

It wasn’t what you’d call a perfect game. It was, more importantly, a win.

When the Patriots trekked to Oakland to face the Raiders (and let’s face it, some of the most terrifying fans section in all of the NFL). The infamous Black Hole defined below by Wikipedia.

The nickname Raider Nation refers to the die hard fans of the team spread throughout the United States and the world.[53] Members of the Raider Nation who attend home games are known for arriving to the stadium early, tailgating, dressing up in face masks, and black outfits. The Raider Nation is also known for the “Black Hole”, a specific area of the Coliseum (sections 104, 105, 106, and 107) frequented by the team’s rowdiest and most fervent fans.[54][55][56]

In September 2009, Ice Cube recorded a song for the Oakland Raiders named “Raider Nation”.[57]In 2010, he took part in a documentary for ESPN‘s 30 for 30 series titled Straight Outta L.A..[58] It mainly focuses on N.W.A. and the effect of the Raiders image on their persona.[59]

Yup, these are probably what the guys of Slipknot have nightmares about.

I was also informed by Ryan that there was a Darth Raider. Seriously?

Yup, it’s really. I’d like to meet this guy..while I wear my Ewok costume.  By the way, doesn’t Al Davis kinda look like Jigsaw?

I digress, if you read in the previous post, I was a bit nervous about the Raiders and Darren McFadden. I had every reason to be nervous. The Patriots’ defense was ranked dead last in the league and everyone and their mom was either on the questionable or no way in hell playing list.

As it turns out, my fears were justified. Oakland’s Jason Campbell  was still 25 for 39 for 344 yards and one touchdown. Darren McFadden carried the ball 14 times for 75 yards.  They were able to contain McFadden from the endzone but the Patriots still struggled against Campbell’s bombs down the field. Three of Oakland’s receivers has over 50 yards.

Only receiver on the Patriots end to hit over 50 yards? Wes Welker who had another stellar game with nine receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns.

The bright spot in the offense for the Patriots (other than Chad Ochocinco making some substantial catches) was rookie running back Stevan Ridley.  If the Patriots were looking for that spark plug that Danny Woodhead was last season, Stevan Ridley is the answer.

Ridley had 10 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown. The kid was averaging 9.7 yards a carry. That’s close enough to a first down right? Right?!

Another highlight of the game was of course Vince Wilfork’s second interception AND run. Wilfork is making this whole intercepting thing look way too easy. I mean, not only does he pick off a pass, he holds onto it, protects it and runs it back for at least 15 yards.

Interceptions. All day. 

Eat it, every other DB on the Patriots team (except for Kyle Arrington, keep on keepin’ on buddy).

That was pretty much the best part of the game, on paper, the Patriots dominated this game. But when you’re actually watching them play,  it just doesn’t feel like a complete team.

I don’t think it’s because they don’t have the ability to be an elite team. I think injuries are playing a big role in why the Patriots are struggling but there’s still something missing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take these wins all season but I’d like to get through one game, even if it’s just one game, where I’m watching the Patriots and it feels like a well-oiled machine on the field on both sides of the ball.

Until then, cheers for the win! Have a great week kids.

I leave you with this picture I took this weekend with me in a pretty awesome panda hat scarf thing. It’s awesome. Rawr.



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