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defensive tackle Maurice Hurst. Yet, the Oakland Raiders were able to grab him
in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft. Going in to the draft, Pro Football
Focus rated Hurst as the third-best player available only behind Sam Darnold and
Baker Mayfield. Just crazy to think Oakland landed the third best prospect at
the 140th pick. That is serious value. Value so high that I did just think of
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Obviously that is unjust since Brady is
arguably the GOAT, but I did think about it for a second. And yes, that is just
all pre-draft hype, but Hurst has lived up to the expectations this season.
While Hurst’s stats don’t jump out at you, with just two sacks and one forced
fumble, he has been a menace constantly forcing pressure up the middle, batting
balls at the line of scrimmage, and helping in the run game. For perspective, he
is currently the 14th highest rated interior defender in the entire league
according to PFF. Grady Jarret and Ndamukong Suh are the two players directly
above him. Not bad company at all. Hurst also has the fourth-highest grade among
any rookie defender behind Derwin James, Leighton Vander Esch, and Da’Shawn
Hand. Esch and James were both first-round selections while Hand was a steal in
the fourth round. Not only has Hurst’s great play been fun to watch, it could
easily impact the Raiders’ future in next year’s draft. With PJ Hall and Hurst
recently taken, Oakland might have the ability to pass on possible number one
pick Ed Oliver. Oliver, defensive tackle from Houston, is touted as one of the
two best defensive players in all of college football. The other being Nick Bosa
previously of Ohio State. But with the middle seemingly solidified with Hurst,
the Raiders might not need Oliver. The combination of Hurst Justin
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an elite pass rusher, maybe Nick Bosa, could be a dangerous combination for
years to come. But then again, Suh and Aaron Donald have worked out quite nicely
for the Los Angeles Rams, however, getting an edge rusher should be far more
important than adding to the inside. Regardless of what happens in the future,
Oakland should be ecstatic that it found a top-five talent in the fifth round of
the draft. That just doesn’t happen and every other team should feel stupid for
passing up on Hurst. Hurst’s heart condition was a major risk and makes sense
for pushing him out of the first round, but to the fifth round? That is absurd.
Hurst is already one of the best defensive tackles in the league and will only
continue to get better as time progresses.State of the AFC West after Week 2:
Patrick Mahomes NFL record 10 TD’s in 2 weeks has Chiefs the team to beat After
two weeks into the NFL season the Raiders are the lone winless team while the
Chiefs look like the team to beat in the AFC West. The Broncos and Chiefs are
both tied at the top of the division with 2-0 records after the Chiefs beat the
Steelers this week and the Broncos barely beat the Raiders. The Chargers bounced
back from their loss last week to the Chiefs with a win against the Buffalo
Bills.StandingsKansas City Chiefs 2-0 (1-0 DIV)Denver Broncos 2-0 (1-0 DIV)Los
Angeles Chargers 1-1 (0-1 DIV)Oakland Raiders 0-2 (0-1 DIV)How we got
here:Kansas City Chiefs beat Pittsburgh Steelers 42-37After just two weeks of
the NFL season, the Chiefs look genius to have moved on from Alex Smith to give
the team over to first year starter QB Patrick Mahomes. As if his 4 touchdown
performance last week against the Chargers wasn’t enough, this week he had an
astounding 6 touchdown passes! That is an NFL record with 10 touchdown passes in
just the first two weeks of the season, no player in NFL history has started a
season like that.As for the game against the Steelers itself, what a
rollercoaster ride! The Chiefs dominated the 1st quarter with 3 touchdowns, only
to have Pittsburgh tie it up with 3 touchdowns of their own in the 2nd quarter.
The two teams were like a heavy weight boxing match trading tenacious blows back
and forth, but it was the Chiefs scoring two touchdowns in a row at the end of
the 3rd and then again in the 4th quarter that proved to be the knockout
blows.Both teams utilized their tightends masterfully with the Chiefs Travis
Kelce having 7 receptions for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns and Steelers TE Jesse
James having 5 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown. Each team also had a
wide receiver with over 100 yards receiving as well with KC’s Sammy Watkins
having 6 catches for 100 yards and Steelers had JuJu Smith-Schuster with 13!
catches for 121 yards. It was definitely an air it out, free for all in
Pittsburgh just as the 42-37 score would suggest.Next Up: San Francisco 49ers
(1-1)San Diego Chargers beat Buffalo Bills 31-20Unlike the Chiefs/Steelers match
up, the score of the Chargers and Bills game does not tell the whole story
because the Chargers dominated this game despite only winning by 11. Philip
Rivers was outstanding going 23 of 27 passing for 256 yards with 3 touchdowns, 2
of which went to RB Melvin Gordon who also had one rushing for 3 touchdowns on
the day himself.The scoring drives for the Chargers started off with a 10 yard
passing touchdown to rookie Mike Williams Cheap
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Gordon, then after the Bills got a field goal the Chargers came back with the
pair of passing touchdowns to Gordon (9 yards, and 2 yards) to complete the
impressive first half for LA. Buffalo did manage to tack on a field goal before
the half as well.The Chargers were up 28-6 at half time before taking their foot
off the gas and letting Buffalo catch up with a 14-3 the rest of the way. The
2nd half scoring drives were a 1 yard touchdown run by Bills RB Chris Ivory,
followed by the Chargers field goal, and then Buffalo got one last meaningless
touchdown at the end on a reception from Kelvin Benjamin. Those 2nd half points
never really mattered though, the game was never in question for Los Angeles.The
Chargers defense also played well in this game with 5 sacks and 2 interceptions
despite not having their best player DE Nick Bosa who is expected to be out
until October. The Bolts really needed this bounce back victory after being
embarrassed last week by having their own stadium taken over completely by
Chiefs fans in their loss to KC.Next Up: Los Angeles Rams (2-0)Denver Broncos
beat Oakland Raiders 20-19The Raiders never should have lost this game to the
Broncos, they had it completely controlled through much of it before falling
apart down the stretch. Oakland QB Derek Carr had a fantastically accurate day
with his completing 29 of 32 passes for 288 yards, but only one touchdown on the
day. It was the lack of touchdowns and trying to run the clock out instead that
eventually doomed the Raiders in this one.The game started out with another
impressive opening drive from Jon Gruden, but unlike last week against the Rams
this time the Raiders only got a 26 yard field goal. Their next scoring drive
also culminated in a Mike Nugent field goal, that one from 46 yards out. They
then finished off their 1st quarter with a 10 play, 75 yard drive that they
finished off with a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run.The score was only 12-0 after
that though because the extra point was blocked, a huge factor in this game
considering the 20-19 final score. Neither team scored in the 2nd quarter but
the Broncos opened up the 2nd half with their first touchdown drive of the day
to make it 12-7. Still, the Raiders responded great to that one with a quick
touchdown of their own on a laser of a pass from Carr to Seth Roberts from 20
yards out. Sadly that was the last points of the day while the Broncos managed
to up a 39 yard field goal, a 4th and 1 touchdown run from Case Keenum and then
the game winning 36 yard field goal in the final seconds.The gut wrenching loss
for the Raiders sticks them at the bottom of the AFC West with an 0-2 record
while the Broncos have started the season 2-0 despite not playing well at all.
That’s the NFL for you though, just a couple of plays can make all the
difference in winning or losing in this league.Next Up (Raiders): Miami Dolphins
(2-0)Next Up (Broncos): Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
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