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Raiders lose all momentum in lopsided loss vs. Broncos

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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  • Marks hair

    Throw away the season. Draft geno smith… quit wasting my time

  • DennisAllensVisor

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:12 am
    Seymour = $14MM
    Kelly = $9MM
    Wimbley = $10MM – dead money (1 yr into 5yr $48MM contract)
    Routt = $10MM – dead money (1yr into 5yr $55MM contract)

    Huff, McClain, Barnes, Beisel….that’s gotta be another $5mm or more.

    —-

    What are you trying to say here?

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    I see all of the Alameda Office is quiet this morning…..

    What happened?

  • inonewordraider

    how did we beat pitt with this team?

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    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:04 am
    Discipline is one thing….winning games is another….and while committing turnovers is huge in losses…..not committing them has almost no correlation to winning games…..

    Especially when our coaching staff makes the kind of mistakes we committed yesterday!
    =================================================
    Great teams don’t lead the league in penalties…especially the dumb kind that hurt the Raiders in the past.

    Winning takes discipline, talent and coaching.

    Right now, it appears 1 out of 3 is under control.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    inonewordraider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:15 am

    how did we beat pitt with this team?
    _________________________________

    Audibles by our Quarterback

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    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:14 am
    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:12 am
    Seymour = $14MM
    Kelly = $9MM
    Wimbley = $10MM – dead money (1 yr into 5yr $48MM contract)
    Routt = $10MM – dead money (1yr into 5yr $55MM contract)

    Huff, McClain, Barnes, Beisel….that’s gotta be another $5mm or more.

    —-

    What are you trying to say here?
    ===================================================
    That these guys will be put on the road come offseason….and the money we were paying them will be FREE for other more productive players and draft picks

  • DJ Johnny

    Yeah. I am honestly hoping he goes to jail soon just to get rid of the guy.

    You don’t even have to watch the games closely to realize he is a complete waste…of everything.

    McClain..please just go away.

  • DMAC

    Can we cut Hanson already!
    I rather play w/ one less man on the field.
    Hopefully Spencer comes back after the bye.
    Move Pat Lee to the slot.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:15 am

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:04 am
    Discipline is one thing….winning games is another….and while committing turnovers is huge in losses…..not committing them has almost no correlation to winning games…..

    Especially when our coaching staff makes the kind of mistakes we committed yesterday!
    =================================================
    Great teams don’t lead the league in penalties…especially the dumb kind that hurt the Raiders in the past.

    Winning takes discipline, talent and coaching.

    Right now, it appears 1 out of 3 is under control.

    _______________________________________

    I’ll agree to some of that….but we also have “some” great talent as well….

  • DMAC

    Romac is back to jogging and looking horrible.
    What happen to that 1st game magic?????

  • DJ Johnny

    …and Reggie gave that big contract to Branch why????

  • DennisAllensVisor

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:16 am
    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:14 am
    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:12 am
    Seymour = $14MM
    Kelly = $9MM
    Wimbley = $10MM – dead money (1 yr into 5yr $48MM contract)
    Routt = $10MM – dead money (1yr into 5yr $55MM contract)

    Huff, McClain, Barnes, Beisel….that’s gotta be another $5mm or more.

    —-

    What are you trying to say here?
    ===================================================
    That these guys will be put on the road come offseason….and the money we were paying them will be FREE for other more productive players and draft picks

    —-

    Cap hits.

    There are still cap excellerators. We dont have much $ next off-season. Sorry.

  • DMAC

    Reality has kicked in……….

    Branch is a great tackler and that is it.
    He raped Reggie w/ that contract.
    Boy was I wrong on him.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    DJ Johnny Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:18 am
    …and Reggie gave that big contract to Branch why????

    —-

    Wasnt “Big”, and Branch has been all over the field trying to make up for the lack of anyone else in the secondary.

  • DJ Johnny

    1259.DMAC Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:17 am
    Can we cut Hanson already!
    I rather play w/ one less man on the field.
    Hopefully Spencer comes back after the bye.
    Move Pat Lee to the slot.

    Someone made the point that one of the reasons our penalties are down is because our guys aren’t even getting close enough to the receivers so that they call anything on ‘em. It’s true.

    Some of that HAS to be on the coaching. How come Huff has to get a call from a guy from another team in order to know that he’s playing too far off the ball?

    Shouldn’t that be something Tarver says to him?

  • RaidersOne

    Again, I say ready the ax handle, boil the tar, gather the feathers.

    Reggie is first up to be run out of town, then freakish spawn toad Mark, followed by the DA, Tarver, the entire defense except Wheeler, and whatever slouching check cashers still remain in the offensive.

    Let’s do it and do it soon.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    1238.Thec Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:05 am
    Geno Smith, that game this weekend was like a video game.
    not reality

    +++++++++++

    Would just like to point out I was on the Geno Smith bandwagon well before that Baylor game. :)

  • Marks hair

    Dumb waste of time

  • nyraider

    its all the little things that add up to being a loser. It started with hiring greg Knapp, than having an unproductive 3rd round pick, not drafting a cb, in a deep fa agent market for cbs, reggie decides on spending money on huff and branch and signing bartell who hasnt had an int since 2008 and spencer who is a career 3rd down cb,its spending big bucks on a offensive lineman who is struggling, its seeing ford and dmoore go down in pre season and bringing in hagen instead of plax, its not having a backup LS which mostly is DAs fault, its not having an edge rusher and then it takes him 3 workouts and weeks to pass before signing carter..Reggie gets so much support in here and Ive yet to see any results except maybe burris. Our secondary may break the 1961 record by the houston oilers for inept secondary’s with respect to interceptions. Not one of the items listed above if changed would make us 3-1 instead of 1-3, but when you add up Reggie’s body of work its cause for concern. The reggie supporters still cling to its Al’s fault, or Madden and Wolf recommended him, or he worked for gb. To me Ill give him credit for drafting burris and giving up nothing for goodson. in addition to building the best gb reject practice squad.Other than that, anyone could have cut routt and wimbley, the key is how you replaced them. Don’t worry reggie lovers, he will still be here for years, thats not my point. Its this confidence you have in a guy whose done nothing impressive so far that is baffling to me.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    more cheapness…more salary cap krap…reggiebring out als calculator he always made it work….

  • Marks hair

    1268. Me too but i have to admit i heard of geno smith from mistic during week 1.

  • DMAC

    2 crucial plays yesterday….

    The dropped INT by Pat Lee.

    The blocked punt.

  • riderm

    Does this work?

    Keep Wheeler at Linebacker, bring back Aaron Curry once he’s healthy (next season), stick with Burris and say goodbye to Mcclain.

    Your linebackers are: Curry, Wheeler and Burris. Works for me.

  • DMAC

    riderm Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Does this work?

    Keep Wheeler at Linebacker, bring back Aaron Curry once he’s healthy (next season), stick with Burris and say goodbye to Mcclain.

    Your linebackers are: Curry, Wheeler and Burris. Works for me.
    ==========

    Who mas the middle?
    Burris?

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Curry at MLB might happen THIS season.

  • DMAC

    Reggie needs to resign Wheeler before its 2 late.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    nyraider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:22 am

    its all the little things that add up to being a loser. It started with hiring greg Knapp, than having an unproductive 3rd round pick, not drafting a cb, in a deep fa agent market for cbs, reggie decides on spending money on huff and branch and signing bartell who hasnt had an int since 2008 and spencer who is a career 3rd down cb,its spending big bucks on a offensive lineman who is struggling, its seeing ford and dmoore go down in pre season and bringing in hagen instead of plax, its not having a backup LS which mostly is DAs fault, its not having an edge rusher and then it takes him 3 workouts and weeks to pass before signing carter..Reggie gets so much support in here and Ive yet to see any results except maybe burris. Our secondary may break the 1961 record by the houston oilers for inept secondary’s with respect to interceptions. Not one of the items listed above if changed would make us 3-1 instead of 1-3, but when you add up Reggie’s body of work its cause for concern. The reggie supporters still cling to its Al’s fault, or Madden and Wolf recommended him, or he worked for gb. To me Ill give him credit for drafting burris and giving up nothing for goodson. in addition to building the best gb reject practice squad.Other than that, anyone could have cut routt and wimbley, the key is how you replaced them. Don’t worry reggie lovers, he will still be here for years, thats not my point. Its this confidence you have in a guy whose done nothing impressive so far that is baffling to me.

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    Good Post….

    However…RM will not be here for years….more like months…the Burris signing was good…but the nickle position is a greater need against the teams with a string QB…..yesterday Burris might have got 10 snaps all game…..and your post forgot to mention Wheeler….arguably our best play on D this season thusfar!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Burris in the middle? No way.

    Worth giving Curry a shot when he gets back. Easier to keep the play in front of you as a MLB and that’s where he excels

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    glad everybody is finally ready to embrace what i said last year,

    We need to draft geno smith (or ej manual) in 2013.

    i have been touting geno in here for the last 3 years and he is clearly the best qb in college, manua is right behind him.

    One of these two will be on the board when we pick and, if it pryor is not the guy we need one of them in the worst way.

    If we lose to the falcons, pull the plug on palmer. He has not delivered on the hype he rode in on, or the ridiculous praise he received on this blog.

    So far the trade is a major bust, and davis is rolling over in his silver and black casket

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    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:23 am
    more cheapness…more salary cap krap…reggiebring out als calculator he always made it work….
    =================================================
    I respected Al Davis. But his rosters the last few years were left full of holes.

    Faith placed in players that didn’t deserve it….

    Overpaid veterans who disrespected the money and trust Al gave him…overpaid vets that ARE NOT leaders on the field……players that DONT make plays.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:32 am
    glad everybody is finally ready to embrace what i said last year,

    We need to draft geno smith (or ej manual) in 2013.

    i have been touting geno in here for the last 3 years and he is clearly the best qb in college, manua is right behind him.

    One of these two will be on the board when we pick and, if it pryor is not the guy we need one of them in the worst way.

    If we lose to the falcons, pull the plug on palmer. He has not delivered on the hype he rode in on, or the ridiculous praise he received on this blog.

    So far the trade is a major bust, and davis is rolling over in his silver and black casket
    ======================================================
    Trade was bad because it was assumed that would be the difference between a Super Bowl run.

    Unfortunate that Hue had all the power for that brief run….a stupid decision to be sure.

    Could have had Carson for a 2nd rounder TOPS!

  • DT42

    I just saw a pic of Carson Palmer after the game. I can’t believe how different his body language is compared to DA. I hoped a good nights sleep would make me a little less upset but I still think that DA’s pic of having a good time with John Fox is pathetic.

  • Marks hair

    The defense sucks… a lame bend but dont break soft zone is about all we can do.. just no talent.. but the offense and special teams is all coaching and scheme

  • The Beeech Dawg

    BEEECH DIGGITY DAWG HOWL RUFF RUFF GRRRRR

    Brahs, no worries on the Silver & Black attack, dang

    We’ll get this thing straightened out in the next 20 years or so, holla

    In the meantime, get high on killer weed, mix up a few ultimate margaritas and get ready for Laker Media Day

    Yo, the Purple N Gold homies be straight THROWIN’ IT DOWN today in El Segundo, whut whut

    Dwight shooting to play in the opener, you know dat boy gots to get 2 ballin’

    Sat night, UCLA @ Cal, epic Pac 12 jammy jam. I’ll be rockin’ the Reggae Party Boat in my Bruin baby blues, with – of course – a nice cut out in the crotch for them ladies to busy themselves

    Nothing like 2 tickets to paradise

    SO CAL REPRESENT MO FAST N MO FURIOUS

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    DMAC Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:27 am
    riderm Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Does this work?

    Keep Wheeler at Linebacker, bring back Aaron Curry once he’s healthy (next season), stick with Burris and say goodbye to Mcclain.

    Your linebackers are: Curry, Wheeler and Burris. Works for me.
    ==========

    Who mas the middle?
    Burris?

    =============================================

    Probably Curry.

  • DMAC

    Go Cal Bears!

  • DMAC

    Is it time to give microphone Chekwa a call?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    i know al wouldnt settle for this krapp on the field….

  • Marks hair

    Yup, its almost showtime

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    Marks hair Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:34 am
    The defense sucks… a lame bend but dont break soft zone is about all we can do.. just no talent.. but the offense and special teams is all coaching and scheme
    ==================================================
    The bend but don’t break is obvious.

    But those corners can’t play on an island.

    Checkwa must be pretty bad

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:38 am
    i know al wouldnt settle for this krapp on the field….

    —-

    One could argue that was an issue too.

  • DMAC

    Bring back Chris Johnson????

  • Marks hair

    The lack of even one decent corner or passrusher is just crazy… new era i guess

  • r8eray

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 10:56 am
    Hate to break it to you guys, but we arent signing any big FAs next year either.

    Wont have the cash to. But we will dump some guys.. Cap hits still suck tho..

    ========

    Kinda like saying ” Hate to break it to you guys, we will be a below .500 team next year too!”

    I guess it’s part of the rebuilding process.

    Someone made a quote last season somewhere along the lines of “blow it up and start over!” and the more I look at things, it’s beginning to look like that!

  • Marks hair

    For the good of team we need to evaluate tp for the rest of the yr…

  • riderm

    I’d say Curry would man the middle. He’s got a motor. Guy also seems to play with heart and engery, like Wheeler. And unlike, Mcclain.

  • DT42

    Dennis Allen is to the Raiders what Josh McDaniels was to the Broncos.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    1296.Marks hair Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:44 am
    For the good of team we need to evaluate tp for the rest of the yr…

    +++++++++++

    If (when) we lose to Atlanta, I’m going to start saying it’s TP6 time. No offense to Carson, since this sch!t ain’t his fault, but we need to see what we have there.

  • DMAC

    riderm Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I’d say Curry would man the middle. He’s got a motor. Guy also seems to play with heart and engery, like Wheeler. And unlike, Mcclain.
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    True