Is anyone happier to play in Oakland than Marshawn Lynch?
Nope. And that’s dope.
What was an uncomfortable tension-filled nail-biter early on, eventually became an unshackled hyphy celebration at O.Co Coliseum this past Sunday as the Oakland Raiders trounced the New York Jets 45-20.
Lynch was going dumb to a song called â€œOakland” and the Coliseum was getting hyped. When CBS returned from commercial, and Ian Eagle said this was a live look at Lynch on the sideline, the camera panned out and showed the video board. That led to even more noise and the “Town” truly getting down.
â€œI was going to join him,” head coach Jack Del Rio joked. â€œI thought it was best if I just stayed back and continued to coach. It got me fired up.”
That got me fired up for the Quick Slants:
- Michael Crabtree, who turned 30 last Thursday, overcame an ankle injury and snagged three touchdown passes from Derek Carr. If Carr and Amari Cooper are AC/DC, Crab and his QB are C+C Music Factory. Admit it, you heard the song â€œEverybody Dance Now” reading that.
- Carr yelled out â€œSeattle!” when changing the play to a pass at the goal line. How fitting. He audibled to a fade to Crabtree for the score.
- Lynch getting ball three straight times for his first touchdown as a Raider in the Town was also fitting. Raiders OC Todd Downing and Del Rio wanted to clearly play big boy football there.
- Cordarrelle Patterson’s 43-yard TD scamper was reminiscent of his rookie year in Minnesota. The Vikings routinely put the special teamer/wide receiver in the backfield and it paid off handsomely for Oakland. Next time, CP, keep running hard and don’t slow up.
- Karl Joseph is hitting home on the blitzes and came away with the strip-sack fumble recovery. He came a long way on those blitzes too. Khalil Mack advised Joseph to swipe at the ball and Joseph followed suit.
- Gareon Conley played outside corner in nickel packages and produced. His tip and swat of the ball was a play we waited for DJ Hayden to make. Conley did it in his rookie debut.
- Bruce Irvin was hit with a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty. I agree with Del Rio, that was mularkey. The whistle hadn’t been blown and it was a football play. Official Jeff Triplette is known to leave everyone flummoxed.
- Mario Edward Jr. is on the warpath. The third-year defensive lineman had 1.5 sacks on Sunday and has two on the year.
- Jalen Richard lived up to his Rocket nickname. One cut and he torched the Jets defense on the 52-yard gallop.
- Marquette King & Johnny Holton jolted the Raiders with a booming punt and muff recovery deep within Jets territory. Oakland’s momentum flatlined and special teams was the timely defibrillator.
- Raiders defenders gave up some plays, namely touchdowns from Josh McCown to Jermaine Kearse. But, in the end, a “W” matters most.
Quote(s) Of Note:
â€œI think they’re watching me extra now. It was a football tackle to me but they thought differently.”
— Bruce Irvin on the unnecessary roughness penalty
â€œI kind of had to work around the tackle, dip underneath him. We say all the time that rush and coverage work together. The coverage was good and I had time to get there.”
— Karl Joseph on his strip-sack and fumble recovery