Once again the Oakland Raiders offense could not muster much because of a porous offensive line. In fact, porous might not do the offensive line justice; awful, atrocious, laughable, terrible, god-awful, comedic, pathetic, embarrassing and worst of all time better describes their performance at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Raiders wasted another winnable game today and it looks like their slim playoff chances are officially out the window. I understand that the Raiders faced a salary cap crisis this offseason but Reggie McKenzie once again dug his head in the sand and hoped to god that the Raiders offensive line would somehow be OK (just like he did last year with the worst defensive backs in NFL history). Sorry to say Reggie, not even based god could fix the mess up front.
Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver’s aggressive defense smacked Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs offense around all day long. In what turned out to be an old school AFC smash mouth football game, it was the team that made the least mistakes that won the game. Alex Smith looked uncomfortable all night long and was for from his efficient self against the Raiders defense.
Obviously, Terrelle Pryor had a bad game but that was because he was running for his life all day long. Although most of the blame for Pryor’s struggles can be attributed to the offensive line, Pryor did throw a terrible interception that gave the Chiefs a touchdown. Once again, Pryor threw rainbow lobs every time he went downfield with the ball. The Chiefs exposed Pryor as a player not yet ready to carry the team on his back as a passing quarterback. Throwing 3 interceptions is never excusable, so Pryor must learn from today’s awful performance.
While Darren McFadden has looked awful so far this season, not even Bo Jackson could have done much running behind the Raiders offensive line. It seemed as though McFadden was met by multiple defenders within a second of McFadden getting his hands on the ball.
It looks like Terrelle Pryor is the quarterback of the future for the Oakland Raiders, so the Raiders brass owes is to Pryor and the Raider Nation to protect him this season. If the offensive line plays the way they did today, Pryor might not last the season.