The Oakland Raiders picked up their first win of the 2013 NFL regular season with a 19-9 home win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum.
With the Raiders only able to score a field goal on their opening drive once during the 2012 season, the team got off to a great start, scoring a touchdown on a 38-yard drive, culminating with an 11-yard carry for Marcel Reece, who this past week signed a 3-year contract extension.
The Jaguars couldn’t muster up much of an offense today as QB Chad Henne had all sorts of trouble with the Oakland defense. Unfortunately for the Raiders, SS Tyvon Branch injured his ankle during Jacksonville’s first drive and was taken out of the game. After a three-and-out for the Raiders, the Jags took hold of the ball again and attempted to get Maurice Jones-Drew involved in the game, but came up short on a handful of carries before Bryan Anger was forced to punt.
During the 2nd quarter, the Jaguars had one of their better drives, with Henne completing to WR Cecil Shorts III on a 17-yard pass. Henne then completed another pass to Clay Harbor who took it 17 yards for a 1st and 10 on the Oakland 25 yard line. After an incomplete pass, Josh Scobee hit a 27-yard field goal to cut the lead down to 7-3.
Pryor, who along with McFadden had a big game running the ball, put on a QB sneak for a 27-yard gain on their next possession. McFadden then followed it up with his own 26-yard run for another first down. After Pryor gets sacked on the next play, McFadden picked up 8 yards but it wasn’t enough for the first down. Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski then made a rare miss from 35 yards out, breaking a streak of 50 consecutive FGs from within 40 yards.
During the Jaguars’ next possession, Maurice Jones-drew suffered an ankle sprain and was taken out, which essentially killed their running game. After getting the ball back, the Raiders took the ball downfield, which setup another field goal attempt by Janikowski – this one was good and the Raiders went up 10-3 going into the halftime, after a 10-play, 43-yard drive.
Having elected to defer control of the ball to the second half, Oakland received the kickoff in the 3rd quarter, as Rod Streater quickly picked up 16 yards on a pass up the middle from Pryor. After a flag for illegal formation on a reverse, McFadden gained 30 yards on another big run to get to the Jacksonville 15. Unable to get into the endzone, the Raiders settled for another field goal from Janikowski, this one from 30 yards out to go up 13-3.
After stopping the Jaguars yet again, the Raiders managed to get the ball in scoring range, highlighted by a 28-yard run from McFadden, with Janikowski hitting a 29-yard field goal for the 16-3 lead.
Janikowski would hit his fourth field goal on the next possession for a 19-3 Raiders lead, but Jacksonville would show some life as Henne took the team down field after an Oakland fumble from McFadden, including a 30-yard pass to Sanders. After Jacksonville scored a touchdown, the ensuing 2-yard conversion was no good, which put the score at 19-9.
Though the Jaguars would again go on the offensive after the two minute warning, they were unable to make much of a dent in the Raiders defense and Oakland picked the win in front of a sold out crowd.
- McFadden would end the game with 129 yards rushing, while Pryor finished with 50 yards.
- Charles Woodson received a huge ovation upon hitting the field at the start of the game.
- Pryor's final QB rating at the end of the game was 76.0
- The Raiders will take on the Denver Broncos next, on the road on Sep. 23