I watched the Raiders game again last night and took some notes on things that don't show up in the box score on the key plays of the game. Before I get into the details of my review though I have to first say that Jake Delhomme's passing performance was even worse than I remember. He wasn't just missing his targets; on many of his throws he wasn't even close. I'm surprised he completed 7 passes. I'm a big fan of Jake's and I'm not too concerned at this point. I just hope that whatever Jake did before this game to prepare that he never does it again. It was that bad.
So here's what I noticed on my second look at this ugly victory.
- Julius Peppers first sack came on a 3rd down and ended the Raiders first drive. Peppers was lined up at DT and blew through Raiders RG Cooper Carlyle on an inside rip move. I'm sure Carlyle was surprised to see Peppers lined up across from him and certainly wasn't ready for his combination of strength and speed.
- On Jake's first INT the pass was short and inside when it should have been long and to the outside shoulder of WR Steve Smith. It didn't seem that Jake was early or rushed on the throw, which was a fly pattern down the left sideline. It was a nice play by the CB Asomughe.
- On the Raiders subsequent drive after the pick CB Richard Marshall returned the favor by anticipating the WR's pattern and beating him to the spot with an inside position. Question: When getting a pick in the end zone why do CB's always seem to prefer to run the ball out of the end zone rather than taking a knee? But I digress.
- The first sack the Panthers gave up (by Keydrick Vincent) was negated by a facemask call on DT Tommy Kelly who grabbed Jakes facemask as he went by. Vincent got beat quick on a plain outside shoulder power move.
- On Peppers 2nd sack he also forced a fumble that the Raiders were lucky to recover. This was a classic Peppers outside speed move from the right side where he blew past 2nd year back-up LT Mario Henderson. Not sure why starting LT Kwame Harris wasn't in the game at the time. When you watch Peppers in slow motion he is actually at more than a 45 degree angle to the ground as cuts in to the QB while using the LT for leverage. You could use the footage to teach a clinic on the outside speed rush.
- RB DeAngelo Williams gained 20 yards on a draw play that was the result of nice blocks by C Geoff Hangartner and RG Vincent. Vincent destroyed the LB responsible for the play.
- On Williams 69 yard TD jaunt the blocking assignments were similar to the draw play except Williams cut to the right instead of the left once he got through the line. We can actually thank FS Rashad Baker for the TD since CB Asomughe was lined up to make the play before Baker swooped in and tossed (but not tackled) Williams past Asomughe.
- Jake's second INT was another terrible throw that was overthrown but still way inside. Even if there were no defenders Smith would not have caught this ball.
- On Jake's 3rd INT the Panthers ran a double TE slant where FS Baker beat TE Dante Rosario to the spot, similar to Marshall's INT earlier. Jake threw the ball behind Rosario allowing Baker's inside move to work.
- I must have been getting a beer or taking a piss because when we actually had a Gary Barnidge sighting that I missed the first time. I didn't even realize he was active for the game. Of course Jake overthrew him on a wheel-type play were Barnidge had a couple steps on the LB.
- Back-up DT Gary Gibson had a nice TFL. I've been impressed with this guy when he has been in there.
- On Jake's 4th pick you might want to blame FB Brad Hoover for batting the ball up but the truth is the pass was way high.
- LG Travelle Wharton gave up a sack to DT Gerard Warren on an inside power move. He got the leverage on Wharton and it was over quick.
- On CB Chris Gamble's INT he as well took an inside move and beat the receiver to the ball.
- On KR Mark Jones 55 yard punt return he should have actually scored but instead let the punter run him out of bounds. Say what? He can't juke a 230 lb punter? Maybe he was tired from fielding so many punts.