The studs and the duds were plenty for the Oakland Raiders against the Green Packers on Friday evening for Week 3 of the NFL preseason. Just when things were looking OK for the Raiders after Week 2 against the Detroit Lions, Oakland managed to disappoint in Week 3 against the Packers. Again, most of the starters are just not connecting and making the Silver and Black not look promising.
The Studs Against the Green Bay Packers
Again, third-stringer quarterback Matt McGloin looked good for the Raiders in week 3. So far, McGloin has been the best quarterback in the first three weeks of preseason. Against the Green Bay Packers, McGloin got 162 yards with two touchdowns. He was the only quarterback with a touchdowns.
Maurice Jones-Drew was the running back stud of the day. MJD got a 40 yard touchdown in three attempts. MJD only got 45 yards in total, but the touchdown was a beauty and made him the stud of all the running backs that were wearing silver and black that day.
Brice Butler was the stud from the receiving core. Butler, who dropped quite a few passes last year, has been looking good for preseason and had a good day against the Green Bay Packers. Butler had both receiving touchdowns with 60 yards in reception out of three tries.
The Duds for the Oakland Raiders
Once again, Matt Schaub is not cutting the deal. He is still listed as the starting quarterback, but has not done anything impressive in the preseason for the Raiders. Schaub has still to score a touchdown. There are actually rumours that the Raiders are thinking about trading him to Buffalo. Who knows! However, Schaub is not doing what he is suppose to so far for the Silver and Black. He needs to step it up for the last week of preseason against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday evening.
Another dud for the Oakland Raiders is the starting defense. In every preseason game, so far, the starting defense has allowed all the scoring. Well, most of it, but it seems like the defensive line is not doing the pass rushing that they are suppose to be doing. Against the Packers, the defensive line only got two sacks, and allowed Aaron Rodgers to score two touchdowns in a quarter. Oakland’s defensive unit needs to start clicking before the season starts because that was the priority when it came to fortifying the team in the offseason. Just saying!