Oakland Raiders: Keys To Victory Over Cleveland Browns

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Sep 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Ravens 37-33. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Play With Swagger

From the opening snap last week, it was clear that the Raiders came out and played with some attitude and some swagger. They took command from the first play of the game and stood toe to toe with the Ravens. Derek Carr matched Flacco throw for throw and led the Raiders on the biggest drive of this young season,sealing the win with a 12 yard dart to Seth Roberts.

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  • It was an impressive showing. Musgrave opened up the playbook and the Raiders threw deep, ran a quarterback bootleg, threw intermediate routes, and were generally far more creative on offense than we saw in week one. And the team responded amazingly well.

    Carr looked like a quarterback in firm control of his offense, and the unit as a whole played with intensity and grit. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree both passed the century mark in receiving yards – something that hadn’t been done in the same game by two Raiders’ receivers in a decade.

    The running backs made enough plays when they had to, and the offensive line did a good job of the Baltimore defenders off of Carr for the most part – as they’ve done all season, allowing just one sack on the year. Those are trends that most definitely need to continue.

    This Oakland offense made a huge statement last week against the Ravens. They put the league on notice that they’re not going to be cupcakes and that if you hope to beat the Raiders, you will need to bring your A-game. The Raiders played with a lot of confidence last week in a game that while perhaps not a must win, was pretty close to it.

    They need to build on that swagger and take this team to heights they’ve not been at in quite some time.

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