Oakland Raiders make a comeback to beat the battered Jacksonville Jaguars
A win is a win in sports.
The Raiders (2-4) won Sunday in a game despite self-inflicted damage on plays and poor play by both Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden.
The Raiders were 20-6, and with Jaguar’s quarterback Blaine Gabbert and running back Maurice Jones-Drew out for most of the game with injuries, the Raiders were able to force overtime in a 23-23 game.
The Jaguars (1-5) went on to fumble on their opening possession, giving the Raiders an easy position for a field goal. Sebastian Janikowski nailed the 40-yard field goal to seal the victory.
Should the Raiders be worried about a win?
Yes. Palmer had a great game on paper, but was forced to throw 46 times as they had to struggle back into the game. Ignoring his one interception, he needs to throw better than a 56-percent completion rating. Being fair, Palmer took punishment, and deserves the “toughest man of the week award.” He stood and took the punishment, and did what the team needed to make the comeback.
As for McFadden, it is time to hit the panic button.
The Raiders went up against one of the worst rushing defense in the NFL, and McFadden still could not produce numbers to help the Raiders. Complain about the offensive line, but when your job is to run, you need find ways to get positive yards and he is not getting the job done.
The defense…surprisingly played well enough. Understand, the Jaguars lacked Gabbert and Jones-Drew, but they managed to keep the Jaguars at bay to help the offense make a comeback.
A win is a win, but the Raiders need to realize that they are in danger of losing to a better Kansas City Chiefs team next Sunday.