The Raiders look like a whole new team, and now at 4-3 they have squarely put the rest of the NFL on notice – don’t underestimate us.
Sunday at home against the New York Jets, it was again their young QB on display, as second-year QB David Carr threw four touchdowns and 333 yards in a 34-20 win.
”We want more,” Carr said. ”We’re not satisfied with ‘We’re over .500.’ We’re not satisfied with that. I’m not built that way.”
It seemed like a lot of the young up and coming Raiders all had a hand in the win over New York. Rookie running back Latavius Murray ran for 113 yards, and wide out Andre Holmes caught two touchdown passes.
Wide out Michael Crabtree had 102 yards receiving and a score, and another solid youngster, Taiwan Jones added his first career score on a 59-yard catch and run.
It all came against a defense that had been putting a hurt on just about every team it played. Sunday that defense was no match for the Raiders.
On defense the Raiders shut down the Jets offense, but it was without QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for nearly the entire game. The QB left with a torn left thumb ligament on the opening drive for the Jets.
Former starter Geno Smith threw for 265 yards and two TD passes in his first action since losing the job in training camp after getting punched in the locker room by teammate IK Enemkpali.
The Raiders did get another pick from Charles Woodson, his 5th of the season.
”The last couple of years have been rough,” Woodson said. ”It feels good to be on the other side. It feels good to get the ball. It feels good to go play to the crowd when your team is playing well. There’s no feeling like it in the world.”
Oakland has another stiff test next week, as they will travel to Pittsburgh and play the Steelers at 10am next Sunday.