You know momentum is a funny thing, because once the switch turns on its hard to turn it off.
That was the case on Sunday afternoon, as the Oakland Raiders were outscored 31-7 in the second half by the Denver Broncos, as they would lose 38-24.
The Raiders had a solid first half, with newly acquired quarterback, Carson Palmer, looking like a version of himself from 2005. Palmer threw for 138 yards and two touchdown passes in the first half.
Running back Michael Bush also had an impressive showing in the first two quarters of play, rushing for 73 yards on 11 carries, as well as his first career touchdown reception.
The defense contained Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow and the running game in the first half, as they went into the locker room at halftime with a 17-7 lead.
Then that momentum switch I mention earlier came on hard for the Broncos in the second half.
Tebow would lead the Broncos on a long drive that resulted in his second passing touchdown of the game. The Raiders would answer back with a drive of their own, as Palmer found Jacoby Ford for a spectacular 18-yard touchdown pass, as the Raiders led 24-14 midway through the third quarter.
The Broncos would score the next 24 points, which included a Willis McGahee 60-yard touchdown run that ended the period, and tied the ball game up as well. Wide Receiver Eddie Royal, would return a punt for 85 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, which would give them the lead for good. McGahee would put the nail in the coffin midway through the fourth, with a 24-yard touchdown run.
For the game, Palmer would end up with 332 yards passing, to go along with three touchdowns and unfortunately, three interceptions that made his impressive, first start of the season go to waste. Bush finished the game with only 96 rushing yards, as the Raiders couldn’t get the running game going in the second half.
The defense for the Raiders were the main culprit in this game. They gave up 299 yards rushing, as McGahee rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown, while Tebow rushed for 118 yards.
The irony in this, is that they were playing a running quarterback, who’s not a great pocket passer at all, what ever happened to the front seven from the first to the second half, is unexplainable and unacceptable.
“We knew exactly what they were going to do and we just didn’t stop it,” Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. “We knew exactly what was going to happen, and they ran exactly what we thought they were going to run and we didn’t get the job done. That’s the disappointing part.”
Disappointing? Try embarrassing! Oakland has some issues they need to resolve if they seriously want to win the AFC West division.
The only good thing that happened for Hue Jackson and the Raiders, was that San Diego and Kansas City lost this weekend as well, so there is still a three-way tie for the lead in the division, with the Broncos only a game behind all of them.
Jackson has somewhat created a bully in Oakland, but hasn’t yet created a consistent winner. The second half of the season, along with a number of questions awaits Jackson and the Raiders. But the main question is, will they be able to “Just win Baby” when it matters the most?
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Written by Arthur Kai