Finding Ways to Lose
by, 11-10-2013 at 10:01 PM (1260 Views)
A lot of things cost the Oakland Raiders this game against the NY Giants,
as they fell 24-20, in the 12th straight loss flying to the right coast.
I will start off with one thing near and dear to my heart, the lopsided
and complete crap that was officiating. When one team gets called for
anything that may be considered holding, and the other had OBVIOUS holds on
a single run, the outcome could be in favor of the team that had only 1
flag thrown in their direction all game.
We could talk about one generous mark that gave them a much needed 1st
down after we tackled them short of the first on a 2nd and 1 from their
12 yard line. That was a no gain, maybe 1/2 a yard, and somehow it was a
We were tagged for 8 penalties, and yeah some were legit, like the offsides by Lamarr Houston. Yeah, there was a couple of holds and false starts. But to say there was only ONE penalty on them all game? No way. Especially some of those very questionable tackles, and definitely one that was out of bounds. There was a block in the back on Taiwan Jones that was somehow missed by an official right there. He must have blinked. For several seconds. Hometown non -calls definitely helped the Giants.
What else helped the Giants? Some poor tackling on the side of our
defense. Maybe someone should tell Mike Jenkins grabbing a jersey isn't the
way bring down a receiver.
Poor blocking by the offensive and Special Teams line allowed pressure, not just on Terrelle Pryor , but Marquette King who had a blocked punt that went for an immediate touchdown for them.
Now I know this is going to be less than popular, but Terrelle Pryor made
some very poor decisions. There was the low throw to Marcel Reece. There was the intentional grounding just because the ball didn't get to the line of
scrimmage. There remains his pure inability to read a defense. I will
mention the lack of vision to see a wide open Andre Holmes as Pryor was
rolling and looking right, and yet couldn't locate Holmes. Yes, the o line
struggled, but he also took losses scrambling, and while outside the
pocket, ended up going out of bounds instead of throwing it away. There
was his complete telegraphing of passes , especially in the 2nd half. He
was lucky Trumaine McBride didn't end up with w pick , and that's only
because of the heads up defensive play by wide receiver Rod Streater.
I know Pryor apologists will talk about the line and how Pryor can extend
plays. Yes, the line is troubled. Yes, he can extend plays. But when his
poor decision making, turnovers, and flat out short-comings over-shadow
what he can do positive, then yes, fault lies on Pryor. He has accepted
it, so maybe some fans need to do the same thing. I know we all want him
to do well, but I can't keep making excuses for his mental mistakes. When
he locks on a receiver, that is on no one but him. Not going through
progressions when he has time? That is on him.
There have been true rookies, 1st year guys, that have had less than
optimal playing conditions, but they showed consistent improvement. I am
seeing some of the same mistakes by Pryor now, that I saw in the San
Diego game the end of last season. He has improved, but not getting
called for delay of game is not something I expect from any starting QB.
His struggles reading a defense just show why many, (including Lincoln Kennedy and Daryle Lamonica), show why he is a great athlete, and not necessarily a great quarterback.
Now, let me go on to the play calling. We are 1st and goal from the 1 yard
line, If we go 4 straight rushing plays and can't get a TD, fine. But that poor play calling, the fade to Moore that close in to the EZ is way to easy to defend.
Now for a few words on our rushing game. Rashad Jennings had 9 carries
for 55 yards, going outside, mixing things up, not just using the A gap in
the first half. In the second half, in 11 carries, he had only 33 yards. Some of that could be on the defensive adjustments, but the predictable up the middle runs helped the Giants defense look like they suddenly wanted to play. Marcel Reece had ZERO carries. Jamize Olawale had zero carries. Jeremy Stewart had zero carries. We could have used a split back set and given to the full back instead of Jennings. Jennings CAN block.
We started more conservative offense and not getting that touch down from
the 1 yard line cost us. The game would have had at least the possibility
of being tied. But that stop gave the Giants momentum. Settling for that
field goal did more for them than it did for us.
I have no clue why Denarius Moore was targeted 9 times. He had 33%
reception rate. He had a few flat out drops. Brice Butler was suited up,
but never got on the field.
The play of Phillip Adams made me wish Hayden or Chekwa was playing. As I
mentioned, Mike Jenkins had his own issues.
All of that combined, and we were still in the game. It took a fumble by
Pryor, again with 4.5 seconds of time, fumbling the ball away, to kill all
We were 2 for 12 on 3rd down conversions. Some of that was courtesy of
Khalif Barnes, who decided that this game would be the game where he'd get
called for everything under the sun at the worst possible time. We were 1
for 3 inside the red zone. Touch downs would have given us the game.
Okay, enough of that.
After the blocked punt, Marquette King had one doozy of a punt that was
downed inside the 5 yard line.
Sebastian Janikowski dealt with his pain, and had 2 field goals and 4
touchbacks out of 5 kick offs.
Taiwan Jones returning kicks is a huge improvement over Jacoby Ford, who
seemingly lost his vision , ability to break a tackle, fleet footedness,
while picking up a penchant for putting the ball on the turf.
Tracy Porter had a pick 6. Sio Moore had a very good game. He had 8 solo tackles, 1 assist, a sack, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Nick Roach was 2nd on defense with 6 tackles and 1 assist. Usama Young played better than I have ever seen him play, and his sack was great play.
Over all, the defense played pretty soundly, especially considering the
lack of calls against their offense, which I am trying to forget. I have mentioned before how the defense has put us in position to win games, They did so again this game.
If the play of our offense does not improve, if we don't start making
adjustments during the game and at half time, the Raiders will never hit
the 4 wins plus that Pryor brashly guaranteed.
Those thinking about play offs, better think again.
I hate being so negative, but at this juncture, I am feeling quite depressed.
We have a chance of getting that 4th win Pryor promised next week as we
face the Texans. That will only happen if our offense plays all 4 quarters
completely, with no turnovers.
Win, lose or tie, RAIDERS til I DIE!