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Oakland Raiders

There was much excitement swarming around the Oakland Raiders Monday Night debut under new Head Coach Dennis Allen. This was supposed to be a renaissance, a new approach married to a throwback attitude, a Raider-rection reclamation project that ushered the team in to a new era of just winning baby. Well, those planned will need to be postponed for at least a game. During the preseason, the Raiders showed signs of fielding a stagnant, sluggish, lethargic and inconsistent offense. At times, they seem to be able to move to ball pretty well in between the 20 yard lines, but falter bad when they did happen to reach the red zone.  The Raiders remained steadfast in their approach as they accumulated 415 offensive yards, but still managed to lose the game. Carson Palmer threw for 297 yards and Running Back Darren McFadden was the team’s top rusher and receiver. McFadden gained an anorexic 32 yards on 15 carries, but caught 13 passes for an additional 86 yards.

The Raiders biggest problem was not even penalties, although Defensive Tackle Tommy Kelly did jump offside twice, one coming on a crucial third down play, which eventually allowed the Chargers to connect with receiver Maclcom Floyd on a 23 yard touchdown. The Raider actually only had 6 penalties for 35 yards. What crippled the team the most was turning the ball over giving the Chargers a short field to work with, which is something you simply cannot do in the NFL. The Raiders have a good opportunity to bounce back this week as they fly to Miami to face the equally struggling Miami Dolphins. They have a chance to regain some momentum before having to face teams like the Steelers, Broncos, and Falcons.  The Raiders will need to prove that the can go on the road, play solid and get a win. They also need to open up their playbook and take some shots down the field, not allowing defenses to stack the box against the run. Oh, they can try throwing the ball to someone other than McFadden. Maybe like a Tight End or Wide Receiver. Just a thought…..


San Francisco 49ers 

The 49ers rolled into Green Bay and handled business picking up right where they left off from the 2011 season. Although, Green Bay didn’t look as stout as they normally do, they’re still no cake walk by any stretch of the imagination as quarterback Aaron Rogers threw for 303 yards, 2TD, and 1 INT.  Very impressive stats, but not enough to get the job done against an extremely stingy 49er defense. The 49ers consistently harassed Aaron Rogers like a female C.O. at an all male prison. Although the Packers tried to make an offensive rally late in the game, the 49ers defense was able to make one last stand to preserve a 30-22 victory. 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks feels that their win could be an “eye opener” for the Packers. Brooks then went on to credit the team by saying “Maybe we’ll see them again in the NFC championship.” Quarterback Alex Smith looks as if he has matured in the offense. He complete 20-26 pass attempts, and threw for a respectable 191 yards. Smith threw 2 TD’s and ended the night with a 125.6 QB rating. Smith also received some assistance from leading 49er rusher Frank Gore. Gore toted the rock 16 times, for 119 yards, and scored 1TD. Michael Crabtree was the teams leading receiver catching 7 passes form 76 yard. However, second in receptions was old Ebenezer Moss (sorry couldn’t resist) catching 4 passes for 47 yards and 1 TD. The 49ers fly back to San Francisco to play their home opener against the Detroit Lions. It should be a good game as both team boast nasty defenses and the 49ers will have to find a way to keep Detroit receiver Calvin (Megatron) Johnson and Defensive Tackle N’damokung Suh in check.

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Brian Mims is an the Executive Writer for Brickhouse Talk. He is well known for his straight forward perspective on sports and all it's aspects. An avid sport fan himself, Brian is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the sports world.

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