The Oakland Raiders first team offense has had their fair share of struggles so far in the preseason. With all the new additions this offseason, it is no surprise the unit is not clicking on all cylinders. However, as the preseason is quickly coming to an end, the Raiders' offense is looking for more consistency and it begins with quarterback Matt Schaub.
“I think just being consistent, staying on schedule,” Schaub said of the improvements needed on offense. “We came out fast the other night, and then had an unfortunate turnover, but we were moving the football, made some big plays. We just have to play consistent and understand our responsibilities on each and every down and execute it to the best of our ability – that’s the big thing.”
In the preseason opener, Schaub was only able to complete 3-7 passes for 21 yards. Oakland gave him a few more opportunities in the second game against the Detroit Lions in which Schaub went 8-13 for 87 yards and an interception. The interception went was thrown a little high and went off the hands of wide receiver James Jones, which halted an eight play, 47 yard drive into Lions' territory. The Raiders were able to finally get their first touchdown drive of the preseason in the second quarter where Schaub completed four passes.
“I think how our offense goes is how the quarterback is going to go,” Schaub said. “So, just being more consistent [with] what we’re doing.”
Oakland is treating this week like they would a game in the regular season. The third preseason game is the most important because the first team offense and defense will play extended time. Schaub's play is going to be of the upmost importance. He needs to show the ability to correct mistakes and move the offense with consistency. This is the last time the Raiders' offense will get significant live action until the regular season opener.
“To go on the road in the third preseason, which like we said you really treat like an in-season game, you want to go out and establish yourself early in the football game as a football team on the road,“ Schaub said. “And in no better place than to go play in Green Bay and to do that against a good football team.”
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