Jacksonville at Oakland: 10 Keys to the Game for the Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are in a must-win situation this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Oakland. To keep their playoff hopes alive, here are 10 keys to the game:


Rushing offense

The Jaguars' rushing defense gives up 163 rushing yards a game. This is a prime time for Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp to lean heavy on running backs Darren McFadden, Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones. If this zone-blocking offense works, it should work against this defense.


Control the clock

 See key No. 1. When not handing the ball off, Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer needs to use the middle of the field. Tight end Brandon Myers has to continue from last week and win the battle in the middle. Conservative pass plays and an aggressive run offense will be a major key. Doing this, you’ll get a few chances down the field to…


Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore

Raiders wide receiver had a big game last week versus the Atlanta Falcons, catching five passes for 104 yards. Oakland will have similar opportunities by utilizing a run-heavy play action against the Jaguars' defense.


Rushing defense versus Maurice Jones-Drew

Maurice Jones-Drew has rushed for 100 yards only once so far this season. The Oakland Raiders' defense gives up 111.8 yards per game on average. Stuffing the middle of the field will be huge, as Jones-Drew is Jacksonville’s only true threat on offense.


Pressure on QB Blaine Gabbert

Now is the time for Matt Shaugnessy, Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly and Lamarr Houston to pin their ears back and get after second-year Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert. He’s currently leading the last-place passing offense in the NFL for a reason.


Raiders pass defense

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