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Raiders lose all momentum in lopsided loss vs. Broncos

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, September 30th, 2012 at 5:39 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders get a week off on the heels of their 37-6 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Good thing, too, because the Raiders need all the time they can get for self reflection.
That’s typically what teams do during the bye week, anyway. The Raiders aren’t going to like much of what they see when they look in the figurative mirror, either.
Their performance Sunday against the Broncos was a microcosm for the first quarter of the Raiders season, in which they won only one game.
Here’s what the Raiders are going to see:

1. A defense that can’t get off the field or keep opponents out of the end zone on a consistent basis.
The Raiders allowed 125 points their first four games. That’s more than any Raiders team allowed during the first four games of a season during the Al Davis era.

2. A rushing attack that is all but toothless despite a running back, Darren McFadden, that many consider the best in the NFL.
On Sunday, McFadden rushed for 34 yards on 13 carries, for a 2.8-yard average. So far, he has rushed for 201 yards on 57 carries (3.4).
However, if you take away the 64-yarder he had against the Pittsburgh Steelers, McFadden is averaging a paltry 2.4.
It’s not just McFadden, either. Mike Goodson hasn’t done much running the ball, either. And second-year back Taiwan Jones hasn’t run the ball at all this season — he was part of a botched exchange on a reverse in the regular-season opener.

3. A defense that can’t generate consistent pressure on the quarterback.
The Raiders have three sacks through four games this season. The reasons are many. However, it’s apparent that the Raiders can’t rely upon getting consistent pressure with a four-man rush.
Signing veteran end Andre Carter figures to help, even if his arrival isn’t a panacea. Playing against quarterbacks not named Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning also works in the Raiders favor.
Getting back starting cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer also would allow the Raiders to blitz more, without fear of backup cornerbacks breaking down in coverage.

4. An offense capable of moving the ball but unable to cash in touchdowns on a regular basis.
Through four games, the Raiders have scored only 68 yards, with half of those coming against the Steelers.
Again, the problems are many in this regard. The inability to run the ball well, the lack of a go-to receiver, perhaps play-calling, you name it.

– On the bright side, the Raiders committed only five penalties for 41 yards. That’s in keeping with their disciplined ways the first three games.
The Raiders stand at 19 penalties for 143 yards through four games. Very impressive. Penalties aren’t a hot topic around here, in a negative light, for the first time in many, many years.
Hey, it’s a nice start.

– General manager Reggie McKenzie and Allen are working hard in an attempt to overhaul the 53-man roster. One thing they have learned, for sure, is that positive change doesn’t happen overnight.
Outside linebacker Philip Wheeler is the only new player that is playing at a very high level game in, game out.
Right guard Mike Brisiel, right offensive tackle Willie Smith and others such as cornerbacks Bartell, Spencer and Pat Lee and Goodson either haven’t played enough to provide an accuate gauge into their long-term value or haven’t played well enough to make a marked difference in the overall picture.
So it is that McKenzie and Allen will spend inordinate time this week taking more hard looks at the roster and seeing what they can do about upgrading the talent level.
They no doubt will be careful about making any knee-jerk responses to one game. That would be easy to do after such a thorough thrashing against the Broncos.
Right now, it’s about perspective. The Raiders are in rebuilding mode, regardless what they say publicly. Teams going through such a process experience growing pains that sometimes manifest themselves in the form of lopsided games.

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  • DMAC

    Whats worse, having a healthy DMAC who isn’t producing in the zone blocking scheme or having an injured DMAC on the sidelines who was killing it before getting injured?

  • Thec

    team is going to fight against ATL, would not be surpised if we win that one.

    No kool aid or alcoholic beverages used to make the above comment.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I’ll be optimistic

    Atlanta 34 – Oakland 17

  • Raiderbuck

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Raiderbuck Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    CP rules, and you just can’t see it any other way. It’s the rest of the team that sux
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    but what about this?

    a 5-9 record as the starter here , he is 2-4 in the division with 18 td’s and 18 picks ( more picks than games played).
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    What about it? CP is the best under center since Gannon. And by a huge margin. He is not the problem no matter how much hyperbole you like to post here. Our New WR our impossible OLine and no run game, and he still looks good. I know you don’t like him, which makes you a fool, but I do. You take CP out and believe it or not, it will get much much worse.

  • John David Booty

    I dont want the head coach of my team laughing it up with the opposing head coach who just stomped your face in. DA is not a Raider. Hes not going to save this organization. He will not have a winning season here, and very well may not make past this season. He just doesnt have it. Its bad enough he chose Knapp as his OC, and he will have to sink with that decision. But as a lifelong Raiders fan, and understanding the significance of AFC West Rivals, I can honestly say through all the years of losing, I have never been as sickened by any of our head coach’s actions as I was by DA’s display with Fox yesterday. DA gets zero support from me, here on out. I’ll watch the games to see some football, and support players that I have been following, but this staff is beyond WEAK. Top to bottom.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Thec Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 12:39 pm
    Had not last years team had injuries we would have DOMINATED the AFC west in spite of the DCO.

    This team cannot get off the ground even with DMAC.
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    what up thec you miss huejax yet?

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    New post.

  • Dakota

    This team is garbage. I did not expect to watch them win, but the least I expected was that they would be competitive! That was a complete fking joke!

    Dennis Allen is a joke. Knapp is a joke. Our oline is a joke. Our entire fking defense is a joke, along with the dc.

    I hope reggie’s plan was to throw the season for high draft picks, otherwise he is a joke as well.

  • hendu

    1384, Thec, Jones must put the ball on the ground in Practice, I dunno?

  • nyraider

    Over the next two weeks I expect reggie to continue building the best practice squad in the NFL.

  • TheBay2LA

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    Funny but the palmer apologist are no where to be found. he sucked yesterday

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    Just seems your the only one who believes this. Palmer is only as good as whats around him. Pretty sure not many other QB’s would have fared better. He IS NOT the problem, regardless of your apparent dislike for him, he’s actually the MVP on a dismal team.

  • Raidernationdave

    How many of those 13-13 games with +10 penalties could have been won had not a costly penalty or two not been made?

    Thank God the Raiders are seemingly more disciplined when it comes to committing stooooopid penalties that can change the outcomes of games.

    Too bad this current coaching staff can’t seem to put together a decent offensive and defensive scheme with the necessary halftime adjustments to make this team competitive.

    Getting outclassed 27-0 in the second half yesterday had nothing to do with penalties.

    ++++++++++++++

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Josh Dubow ‏@JoshDubowAP
    #Raiders 31st in total penalties but since 08 team is 13-13 with 10+ in game and 6-11 with 5 or fewer
    Retweeted by Steve Corkran
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    Bring the penalties back!