If you’re going to be bad, then it is best to be epically terrible. At least that seems to be the goal of Tom Cable and the akland Raiders in 2009. That is not a misprint. Cable’s offense is so horrendously ineffective that he has taken the “O” out of Oakland.
Against the NFL’s worst run defense, the Raiders rushing attacked netted a grand total of 45 yards on 22 attempts. The only time a man in a Raider jersey has found the end zone in two weeks was when Justin Fargas was dropped for a safety in the third quarter.
Overall, the Raiders gained just 165 yards of total offense. This is the third consecutive game in which Cable’s play calling has failed to crack the 200 yard plateau, averaging just 156 total yards per contest.
According to Cable, Raider receivers dropped a total of 9 balls as well. Not much help for JaMarcus Russell whose completion percentage has fallen into the abyss.
While the defense had some communication errors in pass coverage and failed to stop the run at some key points, they did force two turnovers and sacked Matt Schaub four times. The bend-but-not-break style of play has yielded some impressive results when faced with stopping opponents in the red zone. Were it not for the “D”, this one could have been much less flattering than a simple 23 point loss.
Now comes the pain.
Sunday’s loss makes the Raiders 1-3 with games against the Giants, Eagles, Jets and Chargers on the horizon.
Come Thanksgiving, the East Bay could vanish from the map all together. Being sucked down into the dark chasm opened up underneath the akland Coliseum.
In two weeks, the Raiders have been outscored 52-9 without as much as a sniff of the opponents’ goal line.
There is really nothing positive to take from the loss. Zach Miller could be a causality of war having sustained a concussion late in the game.
100 regular season games since the Raiders last played in the Super Bowl and they’ve won just 25 times. There clearly is no limit to how much lower this franchise can sink with uninspired efforts like these.
Hopefully, Cable will find that “O” somewhere in the depths of football hell sometime soon. His offensive output is staring to make Raider fans miss the 15-point-per-game days of Tom Walsh.
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