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Studs and Duds From Week 8

While the attention shift the Chiefs this week, allow me to jump back and examine the second great team performance in a row. 33-3 was a pretty good beating of the Seahawks.

This game was pretty simple the Raiders killed the Seahawks in the trenches. The offensive and defensive lines whipped the Seahawks into submission.


DL: Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, Lamarr Houston, Matt Shaughnessy

The front four whipped the Seahawks. Richard Seymour continued his solid play. Tommy Kelly had one of his best games of the year and Matt Shaughnessy and Lamarr Houston fed of the veterans inside. Trevor Scott is the only player that didn't stand out here.

Darren McFadden

He's dominating games. Play action works better when he is running it and it only takes a small seem for him to bust a long run. All the attention on McFadden has given Marcel Reece opportunities and kept the Raiders poor pass blocking line from being exposed. He's the key to the offense right now and needs to keep it up this week against the Chiefs.

Darrius Heyward-Bey

I think must fans were happy with Heyward-Bey's best game as a pro. He had to step up and he did against a bad secondary. He is running crisp routes and defenders are starting to respect his speed. Hopefully he can use the performance as a launching pad for more good games. Murphy and Schilens will again be out and Brandon Flowers is playing as good as anyone at corner. This, like the last, is a big week for DHB.

OL: Jared Veldheer, Robert Gallery, Samson Satele, Cooper Carlisle, Langston Walker

They can run block and when the team can't sit back and rush the passer they hold up quite nicely. Amazing what playing with a lead and play action can do for a group. Next step is producing when the Raiders are trying to come back, by protecting the QB. If they can turn the corner pass blocking, maybe they will find themselves on this list more often.

Jason Campbell

He's managing the game and making the throws he should. He's avoided mistakes. Thankfully the Raiders haven't had to rely on Campbell the past two weeks very much. The 4th and 1 pass to Marcel Reece shows you that Hue Jackson and Tom Cable are more pleased with Campbell's production of late.


The Fans

Yeah, that's you...and me. The stadium wasn't even close to full last week. I know, everyone has excuses. No one wants to pay their hard earned money to watch a loser. After two big wins and with the Chiefs coming to town things are different this week. The fan base has mobilized and the game is close to a sellout for the first time in 11 home games. I expect it to happen. I'll also be in Oakland this Sunday to join the celebration of another Raiders win.


  1. The fans should be studs too. Those of us 35K die hards that were there this past Sunday made up for those that weren't. If you were there, you would know that. ;)

  2. You are right 100%. Not all fans were duds.


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