The Oakland Raiders are coming off their best performance of the season with a win over division rival San Diego Chargers. Although quarterback Terrelle Pryor stole the majority of the headlines in the first half, it was Charles Woodson and the defense that led this team to victory.
Along with helping the Raiders record the second win of the season, Woodson also tied an NFL record for the most defensive touchdowns in NFL history. Woodson tied Darren Sharper and former Raider Rod Woodson with 13 touchdowns and talked about tying the mark via Josh Budow of the Detroit Free Press:
“It just means I’ve been around the game a long time,” Woodson said of his record. “I’ve made a bunch of plays and I’m one of the greatest to ever play this game.”
It’s hard to argue the fact that Woodson isn’t one of the greatest defensive players to ever play the game with an incredible resume to his credit.
Since being drafted out of Michigan by the Raiders back in 1998, Woodson has won a Super Bowl, earned eight Pro Bowl selections and is a seven-time All-Pro. The veteran has won Defensive Player of the Year back in 2009 while with the Packers.
Needless to say, few defensive players in the past or current are in the same category as Woodson making his comments right on the money in terms of being one of the greatest to ever play the game.
Fortunately for Woodson, the Raiders are showing some promise this season and might be able to contend for a playoff spot in the AFC. Terrelle Pryor has quickly emerged as a legitimate threat under center for this team while the defense has played much better than expected in the first five games of the season.
Although the team is still rough around the edges and still needs work in many areas, but the Raiders are definitely turning a lot of heads around the NFL and may surprise a lot of people moving forward.