The yards are coming in chunks. The Oakland Raiders are finally doing what we have always expected they could, maintain possession of the ball on offense and gaining first downs. What do the stats mean? Let's take a deeper look.
Hue Jackson has implemented what I believe is the best formation packages we have seen since the Gruden era, where the Raiders had one of the top rated offenses in the league. After 7 weeks into the 2010 season, this team has mixed and matched players on the offensive line, at wide receiver, running back and everyone knows the quarterback situation. Even with all of that change, they have still managed to be ranked 14th overall in the league with 340 yards per game gained, 3rd in the NFL in rushing with 158.4 yards per game, 25th best in passing with 182 yards per game and 1274 yards gained this year and 5th overall with 25.6 points per game scored.
Well you ask, what difference does this all mean to us winning football games? I mean come on, San Diego Super Chokers have the number 1 offense in the league, yet their 2-5. Ahhhhh, the kicker, special teams.
No but really, the Raiders have one thing going for them that has put us in the win column 3 times this year so far, and its called Time of possession with the Raiders averaging 31:40 per game.
The long and short of it all is this, maintain possession, keep the defense off the field, that means the oppositions offense isn't on the field and guess what, they can't score points. Wow, what a concept that's equates to W's on the field.
Just Hang On To The Ball Baby!
Next Up, Seeing Is Believing - Defense.