Ken Norton Jr. struggles and other takeaways from the Raiders win


The Oakland Raiders traveled to Mexico City after the bye week to take on the Houston Texans in a “home game” and came away with a sloppy win. After playing terribly for three quarters, the Raiders put things together just in time to have an explosive fourth quarter.

It was another trip to heart attack city, but once again, Raider Nation come home from the trip with smiles on their faces.

Here’s a look at some of the key takeaways from the game:

  • The run game was not able to bully the Texans anywhere near the way they did against Denver. That despite Houston giving up 120 yards a game before Monday night.

  • Derek Carr had one bad play, and boy was it a bad play, but besides that he continues to improve and be the leader the Raiders need. It’s more and more apparent every week that he could be really, really special.

  • Speaking of special, that touchdown run by Amari Cooper, boy oh boy. That’s why you force him the ball over and over again.

  • The defense under Ken Norton Jr. is unimaginative, makes no adjustments and is massively under achieving. Just the fact that defensive players had to yell at the side line to get a play before the offense snapped the ball was insane. Then you consider that the team took a time out because they only had 10 defenders on the field (not much improvement from the multiple penalties they’ve received this season for 12 men on the field) and it’s clear that Ken Norton, Jr, is way out of his depth.

  • D.J. Hayden is playing better this year than he has at any other point in his career but he still needs to never dance like that ever again. People tell me he was doing the Connor McGregor strut but I don’t really care, he just looked dumb.


  • If not for those drops, the Raiders probably would have won fairly easily.

  • The referees were atrocious all day long and blew calls going both ways. That being said, the Raiders benefited from two HUGE blown calls. First, a Hopkins touchdown that was erroneously called out of bounds. Then, late in the game, two plays in a row they ran for a first down but were not given it.

  • You could tell the players were GASSED from playing at that altitude. Didn’t benefit either team more than the other, but you gotta wonder if the big plays late by the Raiders were aided by winded defenders.

Oakland is now 8-2 and tied for the best record in the AFC. No, not the AFC West, the Raiders own sole possession of that. They are tied for the best record in the ENTIRE AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE!! No, it’s not a dream. The Oakland Raiders are back!

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