Originally written on Silver and Black Forever  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Raiders 24 - Chargers 17Last night's game was a tough challenge that the Raiders passed with flying colors. The key to a successful night was the Raiders dominating both sides of the line of scrimmage and staying true to their formula for success. I appreciate and admire the 2011 team's resiliency. After a heart crushing 2nd half collapse to the Bills, the team responded with a convincing bounce back victory vs. the Jets. After the loss to the Patsies and loss of owner Al Davis, the Raiders had an inspiring and emotional win at Houston. Going into the game there was a litany of built in excuses (short week, injury filled roster, new players getting up to speed) that ultimately fell on deaf ears.THE BLUEPRINT(1) Establish the run early and often. When the Raiders utilize the rushing attack as a hammer, it wears down the opponent and sets up big plays in the passing game. When the opponent commits 8 defenders in the box to contain the Raiders rushing attack, play action pass is m...
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