If anything has become obvious watching the Raiders in the first half, it’s that the team MVP is clearly the doctor who performed triceps surgery on left tackle Jared Veldheer this morning.
Getting Veldheer back this season, which they think is a possibility, could be crucial to the survival of Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn.
Flynn didn’t look comfortable until the two-minute drill against the Saints, primarily because he didn’t have much of a chance for most of the night.
Next-man-up left tackle Alex Barron has struggled mightily against the Saints, and Rob Ryan’s new defense isn’t going to be confused for his father’s 1985 Bears team anytime soon.
Flynn was sacked five times in the first half, making his 12-for-16, 124-yard performance downright heroic. Flynn actually stood in the pocket and delivered a touchdown pass late in the half, which speaks to his toughness as much as his skill.