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Charles ‘surprised’ by lack of attention from Raiders defense on screen passes

OAKLAND – Three times early in Sunday’s game against the Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith targeted running back Jamaal Charles on screen passes. Three times, Charles caught the ball, turned upfield and encountered little resistance before he reached the end zone.
Overall, Charles caught all eight passes directed his way for 195 yards and four touchdowns. For good measure, he added 20 yards rushing and a fifth touchdown in the Chiefs 56-31 win over the Raiders at the Coliseum.
“I have no clue,” Raiders free safety Charles Woodson said, when asked how Charles could run wild time and again. “You’ve seen screens get out of the gate before, but to have a team go back to it and beat you almost every time, there’s no explanation for it.
“It shouldn’t happen; it did happen but it shouldn’t. I don’t know, man, that’s hard to watch a guy run up and down the field like that, basically untouched.”
Basically? Cornerback Phillip Adams might have made slight contact with Charles on the first play of the game. Or, more like it, Charles might have made contact with Adams as he hurdled him on his way to a 49-yard touchdown.
Adams definitely made it into the end zone untouched on his two other touchdowns off screen passes. That included a third-and-19 play on the Chiefs second possession of the game, with Charles weaving his way through the Raiders defense for a 39-yard touchdown.
He also scored on a 16-yard screen pass late in the second quarter. For good measure, Charles hauled in a well-thrown pass from Smith, juked Woodson near midfield and continued into the end zone for a 71-yard touchdown that sealed the outcome after the Raiders cut the lead to 35-31.
“I thought I was going to get (swarmed) on the screen plays,” Charles said. “I was surprised. When I saw nobody on me, I was like, ‘Whoa I have to go.’ Especially the third-and-long one I was surprised.”
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said the Chiefs didn’t catch his players offguard. Charles simply made plays when given opportunities.
“That’s what happens when you get an explosive player like Jamaal Charles in space,” Allen said. “He’s hoping you miss tackles and get out of position a little bit.”
That’s precisely what happened, Woodson and Raiders cornerback Tracy Porter said.
“When you get a guy like that in space, you expect to score touchdowns,” Porter said of the Chiefs’ expectations. “If you don’t rally to him, he’s going to have a big day like he had today. … It happened on a few occasions and it simply can’t happen.”
The 195 yards receiving by Charles represents the third most by a running back since the merger in 1970. His four receiving touchdowns are more than he had in any of his first five NFL seasons or in his first 13 games combined before Sunday.
There wasn’t much to suggest Charles being such a force in the passing game Sunday.
Charles caught five of the nine passes directed his way the first time the Chiefs and Raiders played this season. He netted 50 yards on those receptions, with a long of 24.
Yet, the Chiefs gleaned from the first meeting that the Raiders defense has a penchant for pinning back its ears and getting after the quarterback. In turn, that makes them vulnerable to screens, Smith said.
“They were such a big pressure team, they have such high volume on their defense,” Smith said. “They got away with it the first game.”
Not the second time around. The capper came when the Chiefs dialed up a wheel route to Charles late in the third quarter on a third-and-one play.
Charles flared out of the backfield, got behind linebacker Miles Burris and hauled in Smith’s perfectly placed pass and turned it into a backbreaking touchdown. Just as the Chiefs expected.
“I saw that one coming in practice,” Charles said. “Our coach said this probably can go (for a touchdown) if they play the right cover on me. I saw the linebacker on me. … He said you’ll have to beat one guy on this play, and I did.”

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  • Dakota

    In theory Madden seemed like a good guy to ask, but when you really think about it, he probably isn’t the right guy to make that suggestion since he never did the job himself, has been out of the loop for many many years, and frankly, just likes to make silly noises.

  • rifflicks

    Do you like any “white” football players?

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    who are the FA QB’s besides Jay Cutler?

  • Reggie’s Red ‘Fro

    Guess putting up 20+ points every game doesn’t give the team hope

  • kuhlest

    well maybe his brother Derrek Carr will prove able to put a franchise on his back and be the man! hopefully in silver and black…

  • kuhlest

    Russell Wilson wasn’t highly touted by draft experts…I would love to have Wilson right now…..
    I think Boyd or McCarron are worth looking into.

  • JOn Wooah

    u talking about Mgloin??

  • SnBG

    Vick, Freeman and Henne.

  • JOn Wooah

    Yep johnny football.. dont be ignorant. Raiders have like 85 percent black players smart guy.

  • aig-raiders

    Taxes?

  • aig-raiders

    dude, I keep on hearing this TP won 3 games, 3 games…he lost 5 and some in spectacular fashion. dude, stop it with the WL for the QB. #1 most overrated category.

  • SnBG

    NFL Free Agent Defensive Linemen

    By: Roshan Bhagat

    Jared Allen [DE, Minnesota Vikings]
    Anthony Spencer [DE/OLB, Dallas Cowboys]
    Michael Johnson [DE, Cincinnati Bengals]
    Henry Melton [DT, Chicago Bears]
    Justin Tuck [DE, New York Giants]
    Randy Starks [DT, Miami Dolphins
    Greg Hardy [DE, Carolina Panthers]
    Brian Robison [DE, Minnesota Vikings]
    Lamarr Houston

  • aig-raiders

    Running is the last thing you need for a QB. Can he get in/out of huddle, audible, go through progression, make an accurate pass…..if yes, then add in running as a bonus. It’s amazing how you guys point out to Running for QB as one of the most important stats. RG3, TP and Kaeper can run but how are they doing passing this year?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    who?

  • kuhlest

    would rather have Ken Whizenhunt

  • Chuck

    Did we look like we had hope yesterday.

  • Chuck

    Wins is an overrated category,that’s great a happy loser.

  • Chuck

    My point with Pryor is I know he needs work but the only way to get better is to play because if you work hard you will get better.What better time to learn is a lost season because he is the only qb we got with upside.

  • Blackholepriest

    Been saying it since these dumbbells have been here. But we have retardation at the top.

  • Raider_Riff

    Ya. It doesnt seem like something they really want to do…

    Is it Mark making the call?

    Even if MD isnt calling for it…Are they doing it to appease Mark, knowing how much Mark loves TP?

    Are they really doing it to increase trade value? Because if they are, they sure arent putting TP in a position to succeed and look good.

    And if they are trying to increase his trade value, if they do make TP look good, Mark is going to step right in a void it like he did last offseason.

    DA has played his cards horribly. Shoulda stuck by the owners QB. DA would have a lot more leverage at this point.

    Then again, TP’s MCL seems to be much worse than we’ve ever been lead to believe. But that is what DA deserves for all of his secretive “competitive advantage” bullcrap. Shoulda came straight with the fans and told us how bad TP was hurt and shut him down if it was that bad.

  • Howard Benner

    Allen will cost too much & will opt to go to a winning team; Spencer plays in a defense this rendition of the Raiders doesn’t run. Doesn’t mean that won’t change, but. . .Johnson is a restricted FA & will cost draft picks, something Reg is wont to pay. . .Melton is coming off an ACL injury; Tuck is older & see Allen, Jared; he’ll want to win. . .Starks? Maybe. . .I like Hardy. He’s my fav but also going to command the most FA dollars &, with so many different needs & the fact hardy has had the taste of playing with a winning team. . .Robison is a possibility but, just like bringing Bennett in from Seattle, one guy from another successful program doesn’t assure enough impact on the defense. Houston? He & his agent are pining for a “pie in the sky” deal but the accompanying pedigree doesn’t back it up. . .but we’ll see. . in March. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Someone else’s problems & incorrect answers to the question. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Embellished. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Conspiracy factoid. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Don’t let Taiwan handle any. He might drop them. . .then the kids are out of luck. come to think of it, if they are Raider fans they’re already out of luck. . .join the line, kids. . .it forms to the right & just keeps forming. . .authored while I’m dressed in a Marcus Allen jersey. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Yeah; they don’t work. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Johnson’s restricted. I hope Hardy likes NorCal enough to come to Oaktown. . .but I doubt it. . .someone else under the radar will emerge. . .

  • Howard Benner

    AJ Green IS the prototype. . .you mean clone. . .or facsimile. . .and none exist in this draft. . .

  • Howard Benner

    Hakeem Nicks is a shell of his former self. . .

  • TrevJo

    The fumbled KR was a game-changer. Not that we were ever going to stop Charles anyway. Come to think of it, we should have onside-kicked when we pulled within 35-31.

  • brad

    1st of all Mark got deceived! Reggie was supposed to come with Wolfe’s son, but after he got here Green Bay singed him to Reggie’s Old Job! Thus getting Reggie out of town then sold him on Damaged goods ( Flynn) LMAO! last year Dennis and Reggie blamed it on Knapp Now Who! It was said that Allen is making his own decisions I hope it’s cause Reggie and Mark have some HC with a boarding pass for Oakland! after Allen it’s Reggie! There are Stadiums to build Go Raiders!

  • brad

    Mark Might want to give them 3 years but investors don’t have time to play with what if! We need a Viable product to sell to the fans! any other establishment would see by now potential is not earnings today it’s futures and there are none with Allen! Go Raiders! 8-22 last two years unacceptable! Lovie was 10-6 and shown the door! Mark should call him up and tell him like USC A.D. told Kiffen! Take it off! All of it! Thank you Bye!

  • Mike_Trail

    There has got to be at least one…hell they have 3 on the Bengals…Sanu, Jones, and Green are like..all the same guy…almost..

  • Mike_Trail

    I could live with that…

  • Mike_Trail

    I watched that whole last drive…and I didn’t know any of this–Reading the story straight gives me goosebumps. Gotta love it for the kid.

  • Howard Benner

    Green & Julio Jones ()when not injured) of the Falcons are pretty much the same guy. Green is far bigger, taller & faster than Sanu & Jones. I liked Jones coming out of college (freaked my girlfriend out on draft day when I erupted after the Bengals drafted him & the Raiders were left with Criner). . .you win today’s “C’mon, man!” Award. . .