Oakland Raiders Can Beat San Diego If the Receivers Show Up for Bruce Gradkowski

   The Oakland Raiders have a lot riding on their first divisional confrontation with the San Diego Chargers. To begin with, the Raiders could have been 2-2 if Bruce Gradkowski and the Oakland Raider receivers would score when they get into the Red Zone.

  The game against the Arizona Cardinals should have been won but the team relied on the nearly perfect kicking of Sebastian Janikowski, and this was a loss because of Oakland Raider WR drops.

  Based on what we have seen from the production of the Oakland Raiders WRs, its obvious that Darrius Heyward Bey, Johnnie Lee Higgins and Chaz Schilens need to step up their game. In fact Chaz Schilens is not even a factor. I would bet that he will be released by next season.

  As for DHB, his game has improved but once again Bruce Gradkowski needs players he can rely on to catch the ball. Gradkowski has put the ball on the numbers and his balls are being dropped. Very unacceptable in the NFL.

  Johnnie Lee Higgins however should have been used as the replacement for Louis Murphy when the Raiders played the Houston Texans last week. Louis Murphy was injured and was playing with a hurt clavicle , this explains his drops. Andre Johnson however,was held from play because of his injury so why couldnt the Oakland Raiders do the same?

 Another player that will emerge from this group of WR is Jacoby Ford. He is fast and has great hands and could have used the experience. Whether Darren McFadden or Michael Bush is at running back there should be ample time for the receivers to get the opportunity to catch balls.

  Last season the Oakland Raiders were hurt by the presence of an underachieving QB in JaMarcus Russell. That is over and Bruce Gradkowski is moving the football. Problem now is the hand of the Oakland Raiders receivers in the Red Zone.

  Sundays game against the San Diego Chargers will de...

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