The Oakland Raiders were able to get back on track Sunday afternoon as they took down the Jacksonville Jaguars in their home opener.
The Raiders got off to a quick start and were able to sneak Marcel Reece in for a touchdown with just under 11 minutes left in the first quarter. That score was the first touchdown of the game and put the Raiders up 7-0.
Until late in the fourth quarter, the scores of the game consisted of an array of field goals, including four from Sebastian Janikowski and one from Josh Scobee. With under three minutes left in the game, Chad Henne was able to connect with Clay Harbor for the 13-yard touchdown pass, but the Jaguars failed to complete the two-point conversion that would have made it a one-possession game.
And just like that, the Raiders snagged their first win of the 2013 season to even their record at 1-1. In Terrelle Pryor’s first victory as a starting quarterback, he was able to run the read-option beautifully yet again, while also throwing for 126 yards and rushing for another 50 yards.
The star of the game would have to be Darren McFadden. who had himself a remarkable game with 129 rushing yards on 19 carries. The power running back only rushed for 48 yards on 17 carries last week, so a performance like this is a huge sign of hope for the Raiders and their fans.
Another encouraging sign for the Raiders came from their pass rush, which proved to be solid all throughout the evening. They came up with five sacks on the day and were able to rattle Henne all afternoon long.
Looking ahead, the Raiders will be facing the Denver Broncos next week for their second road game of the season. The Broncos have won their first two games of the season and have proven to be a deadly threat this year, but the Raiders are more than capable of pulling off the huge upset.
Stay tuned with Golden Gate Sports throughout the week as we keep you up to date with all things Raiders leading up to their next week’s game.