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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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  • DaRaiders022

    Allen laughing after the game? What a punk! Head coach in the NFL after getting his and his team’s ass handed to them, and he can laugh about it? The Pitt win was a fluke when the biggest division rival embarasses you the following Sunday! I saw a team who fu**in quit at halftime…again! No leaders just followers collecting paychecks! Where is the leadership and commitment? Time for a colonoscopy!

  • DMAC

    DT42 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Dennis Allen is to the Raiders what Josh McDaniels was to the Broncos.
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    Ouch
    That one hurts, but might be true

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo, the Mighty Bruins of Westwood be bringing that BEEECH DAWG SWAG into Memorial Stadium, got that national #25 ranking on our backs, hip hop holla

    Can’t stop the Westwood Robocops (patent pending on that sweet phrase) Hundley & Franklin

    Yo, it’s best to just give them boys the yards they need, thank em and get back chemistry class

    BUNSON BURNERS IN THE HOUSE

  • DMAC

    Who watched the game on film again?

    Who was the weakest link on our O-line? (everyone)

  • Marks hair

    Code Colonoscopy!!

  • DMAC

    Code b!tch slapped!!

  • DMAC

    Code no heart!!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    It is time for all of the palmer apologist to come in here and admit that he is not and never was the answer here.

    Monty poole, corkran and mcdonald, as well as all of these posters that claimed he was our ticket to winning football need to man up.

    palmer is 5-9 as a starter and has one measly division win.

    he has been pedestrian at best, bench him now.

    he is looking more and more like jay cutler with his antics after every mind numbing loss.

    Yes the interceptions are coming, book it. why because he will be getting desperate and start forcing the ball. especially if he is starring at 1-5 or 1-6.

  • DMAC

    Code losers!!

  • Marks hair

    I just dont wanna stunt tp or geno with knapps coaching…. fire that dip

  • DMAC

    Code Knapp sacked!!

  • DMAC

    Code regressors!!

  • DennisAllensVisor

    This has absolutely nothing to do with Carson Palmer.

    Suggesting it does only shows your personal agenda.

  • DMAC

    Code Knappy snappy!

  • Marks hair

    Code firesale! 12 coaches for a dollar

  • DMAC

    Marks hair Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Code firesale! 12 coaches for a dollar
    ======

    I’ll take em’ all for 12cents

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:55 am
    This has absolutely nothing to do with Carson Palmer.

    Suggesting it does only shows your personal agenda.

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    Carson Palmer’s been the one bright spot. Not his fault if DMac and the line can’t generate any rushing attack.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo Blog Brahs, instead of breaking out the old game tape, get your swerve on and go rent Cabin in the Woods

    Hella dope flick, got all baked, got some Papa Johns in the hizzy and got cuddly on the beanbags with the lovely Beeeeech Dawgettes

    Only 1 of them didn’t pee their g-strings in fear, word

    You KNOW that was the hizzy who got ride the Beeech Lawg

    HOMIE AIN’T DOWN WITH THEM WET DRAWERS, HOLLA

  • Marks hair

    Or all the coaches and a scragly cheerleader for an pound of crab meat

  • DMAC

    It’s very obvious that you suck in this league, when Tom Cable has to take over the play calling duties during the season.

  • Raidernationdave

    Clearly it’s been coaching.

    +++++++++

    Thec Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 10:44 am

    DMAC Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 10:43 am
    Are we being out coached in the 2nd half of games?????

    ++++++++++

    Outmanned, and outgunned

  • DaRaiders022

    10-6 going into the half…WTF

    “Done for the Day” attitude in the 2nd half! Hope Rolando picked up some tips from Von Miller as he schooled our O-line. Can’t score a TD against the Donkos? This is embarassing that could turn out to be an embrassing season!

  • Marks hair

    Ill sell knapp and hoffman for a cigarette

  • Raider Ren

    CODE KNAPP !

  • DMAC

    I had DA’s back, when he was hired, but its was an absolute joke to bring in Knapp. He fked up big time w/ that move and it very well may cost him his job at the end of the season.

  • DMAC

    Hey Roger
    Do us all a favor already and suspend Romac for the entire season!

  • eastoaklandraider

    whats good Nation. just wanted to chime in on the draft convo imo if clowney leaves SCarolina I think we should do whatever it takes to land that kid even if it means GIVING UP draft pickshe is the next JPEPPERS no doubt and we all know a great pass rusher only comes around every few years also a pass rusher makes your dbs job easier. If clowney comes out and we have a top 5 pick and it seems we will we must get clowney at all cost.

  • DaRaiders022

    Code Gotta Pair?

  • DMAC

    Code Zoned Out!!

  • Marks hair

    Can we start the torch with knapps head next time?

  • LondonAl

    I’m as miffed as anyone on this forum about the loss to the Donk’s but asking for DA/RM/GK heads is a joke. We are re-building. Get used to it. I’d rather go 5-11 than another 8-8 under Hugh Jackson. This team WILL move forward under the present regime and things will improve. I am looking forward to the Atlanta game.
    Go Raiders!

  • JB

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 11:52 am

    It is time for all of the palmer apologist to come in here and admit that he is not and never was the answer here.

    Monty poole, corkran and mcdonald, as well as all of these posters that claimed he was our ticket to winning football need to man up.

    palmer is 5-9 as a starter and has one measly division win.

    he has been pedestrian at best, bench him now.

    he is looking more and more like jay cutler with his antics after every mind numbing loss.

    Yes the interceptions are coming, book it. why because he will be getting desperate and start forcing the ball. especially if he is starring at 1-5 or 1-6.
    ********************

    Get off your soapbox. Pakmer was the one bright spot that we had. He had NOTHING to do with yesterday’s debacle. That was coaching and O-line. Palmer has been the company man, not badmouthing what he knows must be a crappy system and coordinator. He’s done everything he could to make it work.

    You often have some very valid observations but when you get on your CP3 is the problem bandwagon, your credibility goes out the window. We get it that you don’t like Palmer. We get it that you don’t like the way JCampbell was treated. I haven’t gone into the race issue but you already know what many on this blog think about you regarding this issue. So, please move on to other topics related to the Raiders other than Palmer. He’s simply NOT the problem. Get over it, he’s the QB for the next couple of years.

  • Raider Ren

    Carson Palmer’s been the one bright spot. Not his fault if DMac and the line can’t generate any rushing attack.

    ===============================
    Yes he has been excellent on 3rd downs ! (SARCASM)

  • Marks hair

    Can reg still play mlb? Couldnt be any slower

  • Raider Ren

    Code 4-12 !

  • Raidernationdave

    Code fired!

  • DMAC

    Code Dummies!!

  • Ghost2Post

    for me they lost the game when they didn’t go for it on 4th down(again)in 2nd half. steelers Tomlin didn’t hesitate one sec to go for it against us. Running game is a mind set. If you don’t believe in your team, then you’re going to lose.

    GO FOR IT NEXT TIME!

  • Raider Ren

    CODE incompetence!

  • RockyMountainRaider

    Knapp reminds me of this guy i use to work with, was into the whole “pachco” subculture. Knapp combs his hair back and is very flamboyant uses words like “bud”. Must of watched too much Outsides growing up.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Knapp will have to go if this offense continues doing what its doing.

    But they will only replace him with another WCO guy.

    That’s their worldview.

    Still need a LG, RG and RT….lot of positions to change over given that the Raiders need 9 to 10 new players on defense

  • r8eray

    CODE TAKE IT IN THE POOPER

  • DMAC

    Can we clone another 10 Phillip Wheelers?

  • niceguymoe

    Reggie is changing the roster. We have to give him time, it doesn’t happen over night.

    The problem is the coaches are in over their heads. They aren’t getting the job done with the players they have. They should have known that they didn’t have the players for zone blocking and waited until they did before making a change. The offense was good last year.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!

  • 89706Raider

    Jerry McDonald just posted grades for yesterday’s fiasco and under Coaching stated: “Sorry, but can’t agree with Dennis Allen’s “compete until the end” stance with Carson Palmer. He needed the hook for his health.”
    Can’t agree more, but what ever gave Allen the idea that he had ever started competing? Poor effort all the way around.

  • DMAC

    Code Knapptastic!!

  • DMAC

    Gotta run
    Ill b back

  • eastoaklandraider

    Are we being out coached in the 2nd half of games?????
    ————–

    isnt this what was said of huejax??? but like huejax DA is a rookie HC who deserves another shot like hue did with a new DC DA deserves another shot with a new OC.

  • MaddenRaiderisadouchebag

    This team WILL move forward under the present regime and things will improve.

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

    got some stock tips for me?

  • DJ Johnny

    I have seen less happy coaches right after winning the SB than DA’s ear to ear grin following that horrific and historic loss.

    We all have.