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Oakland Raiders: Epic Fail

Oakland Raiders: Epic Fail

I was trying to figure out exactly how to describe the 56-31 loss the Oakland Raiders took at the hands of their divisional rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs.  I like to think of myself as having a certain level of intelligence, yet I find myself resorting to social media slang.  This game was an epic fail from beginning to end.

It started on the opening kickoff.  Quentin Demps fielded the ball at the one yard line and brought it out to mid-field.  One play later, they had a touchdown.  I should have gotten a clue right then, but, no, not me.  I remained hopeful.  I thought we’d realize we had to cover Jamaal Charles.  We’d have to watch for screens.

We didn’t.

Jamaal Charles was responsible for 195 of the 318 passing yards the Chiefs garnered against our unable to tackle someone in crutches and a walking boot defense. Harsh?  Maybe, but it is accurate.  Well, somewhat accurate.  They didn’t even have 100 yards on the ground on 24 rushing attempts.   The longest run allowed was in the 4th quarter by the 2nd string running back Knile Davis.  That’s not exactly a household name.  I am less than comforted that at least it wasn’t his longest career rush.   Oh, it was good for a touchdown, too.   It was the score that put the game out of reach, barring a miracle, and the Raiders ran out of miracles back in 1970, it seems.  But  the defense did have trouble tackling on the screen and swing passes.  Focusing on Charles ,  4 out of 5 of his touchdowns were on pass plays.

 

The one that befuddled me the most was when the defensive brain trust had Miles Burris covering Charles.  Now I love Burris.  But he was injured for a LONG time.  That is tough coverage for a healthy  player, let alone one just getting back into playing shape.  (Burris left the game with an ankle injury.)  I looked at the person next  to me and asked if I had seen what I thought I  had seen.  I was told yes.

Basically the defense needed to  do  3 things.   1) Get  Alex Smith on the turf. We managed that only twice.  At least this week both  were by  defensive linemen, after being blanked for that  last  few weeks.   Thank you Pat Sims and Jason Hunter.  (2) Stop the run game.   I think we  were pretty  successful at this.  (3) Keep Charles and Dwayne Bowe covered in the passing game.  This is where the epic fail was.  When almost  2/3rds of all passing yards are from 1 player, and over half of his yards came on 2 plays?  That’s an epic fail.  Oh, he was  8 for 8 , too.  There wasn’t a single incomplete pass  in Charles’ direction.  That means we didn’t have him adequately covered.   It is beyond mind boggling how this guy , one of their most productive players was able to  do so much.   I can’t wrap my mind around it.

Not that the offense helped.

Matt McGloin  struggled.  He didn’t get pressured much.  He didn’t get sacked.  But he didn’t go through his progressions.  He locked onto  to receivers and 4 of his passes were picked off. One was because the ball appeared to be tipped at the line of scrimmage.  But others?  They read his eyes, and he made it easy.  One out of every  9 of his passes was an interception.

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That is better than Terrelle Pryor.  Pryor threw  4 passes.  He had one completion, 1 interception.  Oddly some people were still calling for him after this performance.  Maybe because he could run. He was the 2nd  leading rusher , having 19 yards.    He had a long of 15 yards.    The official play-by-play has him losing  3 yards, running for no gain, running for 4 yards,  and scrambling for 15 yards.  Frankly, he looked as lost  as Matt McGloin, but he has had  a lot more time to learn how to  read the defense.

Even as bad as Matt looked, and all the mistakes he made,  he was able to put up 31 point on the board.

He did put the defense in some untenable positions.

Again there was a miscue between  Stefen Wisniewski  and McGloin.   Matt was unable to recover the ball.  Why  this seems to happen only when we are deep in our own territory is beyond me.

Some of his passes were just  bad.   One time he threw the ball and I  couldn’t tell where or to whom he was throwing.  One play  there seemed to be miscommunication between him and whomever the intended receiver was.  Again it was a mystery.  Marcel  Reece was closest in my mind.   The pass went  through the end zone, and Reece was standing on the  1  yard line.  (Again, off memory and a side  view of the play, which leaves my perspective somewhat lacking.)

Special teams did it it’s part  to  add to the mess that was this game.

Background, we score, and bring the game within 4 points.  KC  has the ball  on the 20.  First  down – an 8 yard pass. 2nd down – a  1 yard Charles run.  3rd and 1 , and Charles gets the pass and run for a 71 yard touchdown play.  I believe this is the one where  we had  Burris covering Charles.  Ok, so now it’s an 11 point game again, but hey, there IS enough time.   There is still another  full quarter.

So  Taiwan Jones  gets the kick off.  All he has to do is run and hang on to the ball.  One of the reasons he isn’t a full time running back, though – his ball control issues.   Instead of going down at  contact, he tried to fight for extra yards. He lost the ball.  4 plays later, TD KC.   49-31.

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Early in the 4th, the teams exchanged turnovers, and interception on us, and a fumble by them.   Then  Matt threw his 4th interception of the game.  Stacy McGee helped them out giving them 15 yards on a horse collar tackle.  The bad part?  This was a 1st and 20 play, and they  had only covered 10 yards.  3 plays later the nail in the coffin score.

There is some good.

KC’s running game was pretty  much  thwarted.  Two defensive linemen were in the top 4 in tackling.

Offensively,  we converted 50%  of our 3rd downs, going 7 for 14.  We converted our only  4th down attempt, a fake punt,  when Marcel Reece tossed the rock to  Chimdi Chekwa.   It was a beautifully designed and executed fake.   We were 4 for 5 in the rezone, and 3 for 3 with  goal to go. We had time of possession by  8 plus minutes. Rashad Jennings showed no ill effects, ran for 91 yards, averaging 4 yards a carry, and scoring 3  touchdowns.  12 players were targeted, and 8  had receptions.  Rod Streater and Andre Holmes  both were just shy of 60 yards each.  Holmes and Mychel Rivera scored our other two touchdowns.

And we did fight back.

Overall, whatever could go wrong did at the worst possible time.

It  was painful to watch, after being so hopeful  in the 3rd quarter when we brought the game within  4 points.  Like I said above : epic fail

There is nothing to play for but pride, and I am hoping the team can scrape some together  for the next game.

That’s it for this one.

As ever,

Win, lose , or tie, RAIDERS til I  DIE!

BlitzChick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was trying to figure out exactly how to describe the 56-31 loss the Oakland Raiders took at the hands of their divisional rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs.  I like to think of myself as having a certain level of intelligence, yet I find myself resorting to social media slang.  This game was an epic …

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I have watched football for 47 yrs, and have been a Raiders fan for 46 of them. I have a full time job, but football has been my passion for years. I started writing back in '96, for one site, and I link everything I write at the officially recognized booster club I helped form, www.fansinblack.com. Like Al Davis, over looking all gender/race issues, I was the first club president. I am luck enough to have a full sideline photography pass, and am proprietor of BC Photography.

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  1. THE FACTS ARE SIMPLE. THE STARTING ELEVEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL ARE NOT BAD, BUT WHEN THERE IS NO DEPTH, THEY TIRE AND THE BENCH PLAYERS ARE EXPOSED AND EXPLOITED. SECONDLY, THE INJURY BUG HAS NOT BEEN A FRIEND TO THE RAIDERS THIS YEAR. THE DEFENSE CARRIED THE TEAM THROUGH THE FIRST PART OF THE SEASON, BUT WHEN THE OFFENSE CAN’T CAPITALIZE WHEN THEY SHOULD, THE DEFENSE WILL TIRE AFTER A WHILE. HENCE THE BLOWN LEADS IN MANY OF THEIR “WINABLE ” GAMES THIS SEASON. AND LASTLY, I THINK DENNIS ALLEN AND ANY OTHER COACH WHO DOES NOT COACH WITH THE PASSION THAT IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RAIDER NATION SHOULD GO. A COACH SHOULD HAVE THAT FIRE ON THE SIDE LINE TO MAKE THE PLAYERS DIG DEEP WHEN THEY NEED TO AND GET THE INDIVIDUAL JOBS DONE WHEN IT’S NEEDED. THE WAY THE CHEIFS BROKE UP THE FIELD FOR THOSE GIANT GAINS IN YARDAGE AND/OR TOUCH DOWNS IS JUST UNACCEPTABLE POINT BLANK. AND TO WATCH THE COACH SIT THERE CALM, COOL, AND COLLECTED LIKE ITS OK IS JUST NOT RAIDER FOOTBALL. CHUCKIE WOULD HAVE BEEN PULLING HIS HAIR OUT AND PUTTING HIS FOOT IN SOMEONE’S HIND PARTS. I KNOW THE TEAM IS REBUILDING, BUT SOME OF THE MISTAKES MADE THIS SEASON HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH REBUILDING. IT WAS JUST A LACK OF EFFORT AND BAD FOOTBALL. WE AS FANS ARE SICK OF THIS. IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN A DECADE AND OTHER THAN THE ENTHUSIASM AS A RAIDER FAN, WE HAVE HAD NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF. WHAT DON’T THE PLAYERS UNDERSTAND ABOUT THIS? OR ARE THEY JUST SO CAUGHT UP IN THE MONEY ASPECT OF THE GAME NOWADAYS THAT WINNING NO LONGER MATTERS? WELL, I WILL JUST SIT PATIENTLY UNTIL SOMEONE REALIZES WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND GETS BACK TO “JUST WIN BABY” AND THE “COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE”.

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    1) We added many new players this past week for depth. (2) Sunday we put up 31 points on the board, scoring every trip to the red zone, only one being a d field goal. (3) There were to huge plays for TDs – both on J Charles screens. The second one Miles Burris was covering him, and that was just idiotic. (4) Allen does not stand there all calm. The dude is intense and taut as a wire. (%) As a fan I am disappointed, but I have watched this team since 1967 and I refuse to give up. With 7 turnovers, we still put up 31 points. Without those turnovers, game would have been different. McGloin and Pryor both locked on to receivers. I didn’t see alack of effort on Sunday. I did see a lack of execution. But we are different people, entitled to our own opinions. Thanks for reading. :)

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