When it came time to sink or swim in Sunday’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins, the Oakland Raiders chose the former, as they went on to lose 34-14.
There are so many ways to dissect this game you can basically take your pick. Losing to an inferior team (even though the Dolphins were playing good football as of late, but still), not being able to establish a running game, allowing Reggie Bush to rush for a 100 yards (only the third time in his career he has done that) and allowing an anemic offense to score 34 points against you.
In the words of Ed Lover, “COME ON SON!”
Head coach, Hue Jackson, accepted the blame for his team’s inexcusable performance, but the players don’t get off so easy. Where are their hearts? I know the Dolphins have a stingy run defense and all, but then again you have the NFL’s #4th ranked rushing attack, how can you not make adjustments. Oakland quarterback, Carson Palmer and the passing game couldn’t get going until the game was well out of reach.
This was the first time since the “Kansas City Blowout”, that the Raiders look to be missing the services of running back Darren McFadden. Not to mention, the lost of wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. It’s obvious these guys are needed to finish the back stretch of this season strong, so that they can have a legitimate chance to make it to the playoffs.
The defense picked a fine time to put out their worst performance of the year. It was so bad, that it frustrated veteran defensive tackle, Richard Seymour, into getting ejected from the ball game. And even though he apologized for his behavior, we all know he just couldn’t take this pounding from virtually a non-playoff Dolphins team.
Their game against the undefeated Green Bay Packers next week begins the fourth quarter of the season for the “Silver and Black.” With their lost yesterday, and a Denver Broncos victory, they are tied for 1st place in the AFC West. Will they be able to post at least a 3-1 record in their last four games to help their chances of winning the division?
Only time will tell, but that is why you win the games you’re suppose to win, because you don’t want to leave anything to chance. Yesterday was suppose to be a day of payback, but instead left a lot of uncertainty in Oakland’s chances of winning the division.
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Written by Arthur Kai