Oakland Raiders: QB Jason Campbell Has All the Tools He Needs

Yusuf HassanCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders throws a pass during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Raiders Jason Campbell has a passer rating of 99.7 after two games, which ranks him fifth in the AFC among active quarterbacks. His 65.5 completion percentage ranks him sixth among active quarterbacks in the AFC.

In the final year of his two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, Campbell is focused on getting his team to the playoffs, and securing a long term deal with the Oakland Raiders.

Campbell’s second year with the Oakland Raiders has started off a lot smoother than his first year. In his first home game a year ago, the Raiders home crowd booed Campbell worse than the Raider’s opening day home opponents.

The Raider Nation was convinced that former Raider Bruce Gradkowski was the right man for the job, but the Raiders owner Al Davis knew better. He saw in Campbell what he saw in Jim Plunkett years ago: a winner if the conditions were right.

Through two games this season, Campbell has only been sacked once, and has thrown only one interception which was a last second Hail Mary on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel learned the importance of pass protection while playing in New England. The Patriots pride themselves in protecting their quarterback and providing skilled targets for their quarterbacks to throw to. Without those conditions, Matt Cassel is having an awful start to the 2011 season with the Kansas City Chiefs, who are 0-2 thus far.

If the young Raiders offensive line continues this effort and the Raiders receivers and backs get healthy, the Raiders offense might be off to a franchise record year. The Raiders rushing attacked ranked second in the NFL in 2010, and they should be among the top five in rushing again this season.

With speed demons Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford, Campbell has two young receivers who can constantly beat double teams, and make game changing plays. On Sunday afternoon, Campbell’s 50 yard bomb to Moore illustrated to defensive coordinators that if they load the box with eight men, the Raiders can counter with the long ball.

When Jacoby Ford returns from injury, Raider opponents will have to deal with two speed demons which will put pressure on defenses to double team. This in turn will open up opportunities for tight-end Kevin Boss, FB Marcel Reese, and the rest of the Raider backs and receivers.

If the Raiders offensive line continues their stellar pass protection, the Oakland Raiders will be the team to beat in the AFC West, and Campbell will continue to be the highest rated passer in the AFC West.