Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

Raiders Best Effort Of Season Not Enough In Loss To Falcons


If this were a football game played on a Friday or Saturday then the effort the Oakland Raiders gave today in Atlanta would be something to hang your hat on. Unfortunately this is the only type of football that is played on Sundays, a cutthroat business where only the bottom line matters.

Today the Raiders nearly shocked the football world by giving the undefeated Falcons all they could handle. In the end it still wasn’t enough as the ATL come out on top 23-20.

Anyone who watched the game knows the Silver and Black controlled the contest. Darren McFadden’s 70 yards on 27 carries might not look impressive but the way the Raiders ran the rock on Atlanta did turn heads. Finally the zone scheme is coming together…kind of.

Greg Knapp’s offense finally clicked as Carson Palmer played perhaps his best game as a Raider.

That said Palmer’s costly pick six in the fourth will be the headline but the way he led his offense down the field time and time again today was truly impressive. Showing the mental toughness only pros possess, Palmer shook off his biggest mistake of the afternoon to lead the Raiders on a drive that would give them the lead late in the fourth.

Unfortunately the Raiders left too much time on the clock for Matt Ryan.

Matty Ice led yet another game winning drive as Matt Bryant nailed a 55-yarder to seal the deal with one second left.

Despite the Falcons success moving the rock late in the contest this was by far and away the most inspired effort Oakland’s defense has given all season. Wes still aren’t seeing much in terms of QB pressure when compared to last season but Ryan was certainly forced into a few errors.

Coming into the game the Raiders had exactly zero interceptions on the season. By game’s end that total was tripled.

However the Raiders were unable to punish Atlanta for those costly turnovers. In the end it would be Oakland that paid the price as Asante Samuel took one to the house that pretty much setup Atlanta’s dramatic win.

This was truly an effort to be proud of as many pegged the Raiders as ripe to be blown out today. Again, this is the NFL where merit badges don’t exist. There is no solace taken in playing a close contest with one of the league’s elite. Only winning matters.

That said it was refreshing to see playmakers like Denarius Moore finally get theirs. D-Moe notched his first 100-yard game of the season and made the Falcons defenders looks silly with each touch of the rock he got. It was even more refreshing to see the Raiders hold Atlanta to just 2 of 9 on third down conversions and the Falcons running attack to just 45 yards rushing. Both are major positives.

Still, the record will show the Raiders as mired in the cellar of the AFC Worst with those pathetic Kansas City Chiefs. The effort as very inspired but the end result was still the same. No matter the how well the team played we’re still looking at a 1-4 record with playoff chances seeming more evaporating by the week.

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  • http://twitter.com/rodster213 Terrell Randall

    No, Carson’s big game was vs the Steelers for we won. His int killed the team’s morale and was the difference. The Team’s prevent D was a major factor as well for it prevented them from WINNING THE DAMNED GAME!!

  • I hate the chargers

    Great game , great effort, but just not good enough for the win. If theyput this effort into the rest of the games we could be 8-8 and maybe 9-7. And maybe win this week ass division. Lets hope the chargers lose tomorrow night. So we still have a chance in this division.

  • I hate the chargers

    I think we need to put in Goodson more. He looks so much quicker the dmc

  • southcentralsfinest

    i liked the game. it made me proud to be apart of the nation even though we lost. the denver manings couldnt buck em, the quiefs couldnt penetrate em, and the bolts couldnt touch their tongues with a 9volt battery, but we gave em a run for their money, and theyre an undefeated team. if we continue to play like this, then we’ll beat the ravens in week 10 in their house because theyre not unefeated and as of right now, alot of their key players are injured. we can end week 11 with 6-4 or 5-5 if we loose, but we have to play like we played today, i cant stress that enough.

  • tc_sting

    We have something to build on, which is great to see. The raiders played well, but lost to a very good team in Atlanta. No shame in that.

    If the raiders keep competing like this, the season is not lost.

  • keith

    The writer of the article said they had 0 interceptions and after this game triple that number…. that is not the case….. 0 multiplied times anything is still 0. They would have had to have been at 1 to triple it and be at 3

  • keith

    Had we played like this all season we would definitely have a winning record. We need to build off this improvement and we will do a better job against the many other teams that are nowhere near as good as the Falcons

  • ..math major..

    you can’t triple 0 and get 3, moron.