This is one of those blogs that Raider Nation won’t be looking forward to reading, not because of me ripping them a new you know what,but simply because of the sheer facts that took place Sunday afternoon.
Six interceptions in any game for an NFL team is not only unacceptable, its video game-esque. Losing 28-0 to the Kansas City Chiefs, should be somewhat of a humbling experience to the new “bullies on the block.”
This game needs no dissecting, more so close-ended descriptive statements that depicts the game that took place in the Black Hole, Sunday afternoon.
What went wrong?…..Damn near everything.
There should be no reason for Kyle Boller to have three interceptions in one ball game, let alone two and a half quarters, when you have the #2 running attack in the league. The same could be said for Carson Palmer, who was a microcosim of rust.
Forget the lack of execution, that offensive game plan needs to be burned, and never seen again.
Oakland had more total yards than Kansas City(322-300), but had nothing to show for it, except an injured running back in Darren McFadden (not again smh), and a re-injured linebacker in Rolando McClain.
Palmer and Boller provided half of the Chiefs points, so you can’t be too mad at the Raiders defense, especially when they are not the type to win ugly ball games, like a Ravens type of defense. And they clearly were missing the leg of injured kicker, Sebastian Janikowski. With him out of action, they pretty much left at least an automatic nine points out their on the field.
Being blanked by the Chiefs took away the few bright spots in Sunday’s contest. Raiders’ running back, Michael Bush, came on in place of McFadden, and was one yard shy of rushing for a 100 yards, finishing with 99 yards on 17 carries. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had 5 catches for 89 yards, as they are starting to get some consistent production from their third year wide-out.
With a timely bye week coming up next week, the Raiders must find a way to not only incorporate Palmer in the offense, but channel the Palmer of 2005-08, that’s if they want to be a playoff contender.
When it comes to reaching the elite, the Raiders are a work in progress, as this season has provided them with many lessons. The interesting thing will be to see if any lessons will have been learned, come the second half of the season.
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Written by Arthur Kai