Oakland Raiders: Notes And Observations From Week Nine

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Nov 8, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) scores on a thirty-eight yard touchdown pass against Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Offensive Juggernaut

When Oakland’s offense is clicking and is firing on all cylinders, it’s a beautiful thing to behold. This offensive group continues to come together and are fast becoming one of the most lethal units in the NFL.

This group, led by Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper, and Latavius Murray, is a mix of incredibly electric youth as well as savvy veteran leadership, and with each passing week seems to be getting better and stronger.

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  • The Raiders currently have the league’s eighth ranked offensive unit, amassing 375 yards per game (270 passing, 105 rushing) and given the way they are playing – and are continuing to improve – it’s not all that far fetched to believe that they will be within the top five by season’s end.

    Against the Steelers, Carr threw for 301 yards on 24 of 44 passing. He also threw four touchdowns – and had one very poor interception. Murray was on pace to break the 100 yard mark again before he was forced out due to injury, Crabtree had 108 yards on seven catches, and the rookie Cooper had 88 yards on seven reception. Crabtree also hauled in two of Carr’s touchdown passes and Cooper had one.

    This offense is proving that it can score from anywhere on the field, is capable of big plays, and is a quick strike unit – their first touchdown against Pittsburgh covered 66 yards on just three plays.

    For the game, Oakland 440 yards of total offense and put up 35 points. It was a good offensive showing for the Raiders. Unfortunately, the defense gave up a tick under 600 yards and 38 points to the Pittsburgh offense.

    If Oakland’s defense can get back on track and play some lights out ball, with how explosive this offensive unit is, the Raiders will be able to do some real damage.

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