Oakland Raiders Lose to the Indianapolis Colts 17-21: Game Review

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Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terelle Pryor (2) is back in the pocket to throw a pass against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

 

Before the NFL and its Analysts/Pundits have a chance to slander the Oakland Raiders with their web of lies and deceit, I would like to offer my opinion of the game.  Say what you will about winning or losing, but this game was better than advertised.  We here at Just Blog Baby (JBB) have been talking about the improved defense and offensive weapons that the Raiders have.  JBB has been explaining to Raider Nation that the season will be better than the haters would make us think.  JBB was right.

We’ll start with the positives from the game.  On the defensive side of the ball, the question was whether or not the Raiders could pressure the quarterback.  That question was answered with the four sacks the defense was able to get.  Not to mention the fact that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck spent a lot of time on the ground.  The score was kept within reach for the offense, and the 9 new starters on the Raiders defense emerged as studs, and they showed that they can get to the quarterback.

Middle linebacker Nick Roach had 9 combined tackles.  Tyvon Branch, Tracy Porter, Lamarr Houston, and Jason Hunter all had a sack each.  The defense allowed just 178 yards passing and 2 touchdowns by Luck.  Colts running back Vick Ballard was held to just 63 yards rushing.  Colts wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey held Raiders DB-D.J. Hayden to allow Luck to run for a touchdown, which gave Luck 38 yards rushing.  Once again, a non-call holding penalty cost the Raiders the game.  However, it is what it is, and the Referee’s are always going to be tighter on the Raiders than any other team.

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Tags: Andrew Luck Darius Heyward-Bey Darren McFadden Indianapolis Colts Nick Roach Oakland Raiders Raider Nation Rod Streater Terrelle Pryor Vick Ballard

  • Mark Shafer

    I was happy that the team as a whole played so well together. As you may remember it was not that way last year.
    I have high hopes that our defense will gel into something really good, since they have had so little time playing together. As far as Pryor goes I think he deserves to play this season as the starter and see how he developes.

  • James K

    We started with 28 new players against a Playoff Team and held our own!
    We will get better and the AFC West better not take us for granted!

  • Mark Shafer

    We came out of it with no serious injuries!

  • Raider3

    The no call on DHB was huge but it is what it is. We outplayed the Colts and yes, the first INT was not good but he will learn from each and every mistake he does. For the first time a long long time I have a ton of pride in my team and the future, especially that we have $50 million looming large next year.

  • Raider Grant

    I went to my local establishment to watch the game. I was the only Raider fan in the place & everyone was rooting for The Raiders…eventually! Even though they all smacked talked in the begging, it became the game of the morning & got flipped to center tv! I’m proud of our boys & 1st time I’ve heard haters root for silver & black! A Old Timer Packers fan made the comment “NFL will not let them win & watch refs gift wrap it for Luck!” I hate to say he was right, but when I player bear hugs our guy in front of the entire backfield officiating staff & no call made it was pretty pathetic. I didnt mention anything & people got mad ???? Could the hatred be turning??? Again I’m proud the way our team held it together & still could of won the game!!! Another individual stated there was only two penalties in Raiders favor & 12th man could of easily gave us back a holding or pi during our last red zone drive but of course no calls made. Im tired of playing the NFL & our opponents, but Al indulged in the adversity….and it wont change until we WIN in the face of it! Shane today put a smile on my soul brother ! Raider Nation for life!!!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    We have a good team, and they showed it yesterday. We contended against a playoff caliber team, and we could have won the game. I’m truly enlightened by the fact that Terrelle Pryor was extremely humble and took responsibility for the loss. He’s growing up before our eyes, and I can see him being the face of our organization. Look out Jacksonville, you thought the Chiefs were tough, you aint seen nothing yet…

  • Shane Schilperoort

    That’s just it, the calls or no calls are what they are…

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Huge upside! No injuries are key to winning this year.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Now the NFL might take notice?

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Huge difference than last year. It’s a team on the verge of finding its groove and becoming a contender in the AFC West.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    One thing that cracked me up about yesterday was listening to the broadcasters (Rich Gannon) go from saying that there was too many young players, not enough veterans, too much change and one year contracts within the Raiders organization for them to be winners. He flipped about half-way through the game and started commenting on how good the players were that DA and RM brought in. Figures…

  • Raider3

    Instant replay should be able to be used in cases like this. If Every TD is reviewed, then the non calls or the calls during that particular play should be accounted for as well. It want a hold, it was a mauling. What was cool to see was almost all of the Raider bashers on TV had a completely different tone to their voices on the shows.

  • Raider3

    Tommy Kelley and Richard Seymour we trouble that our team needed to get rid of.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    It doesn’t matter if there was instant replay for the non-call penalty, they still wouldn’t have called it, even though you can clearly see Hayden’s shoulders being turned. Oh well, let’s just win from here on out, decisively. Then, the NFL can’t do anything about it.

  • Mark from Section 122

    Much better than I guessed, and although I hate losing, I was pleased to see us back near to the form we had under Coach Jackson before “Wonder Boy” took over. But I digress……., as to the loss, it was a group effort. Jano’s missed field goal being #1, because if he had made it, Pryor wouldn’t have been in desperation mode in the last minute, King’s hold looked fine to me, I lay this on SeBas. Porter’s poor play at DB being #2, because he looked like he couldn’t cover a receiver standing still in the first half. Lastly, and even though he caught some, Demarius Moore’s lack of 110% effort being #3. That guy needs to start showing up in a big way and stop being merely present The rest, defense’s failing to cause turnovers, Pryor’s inexperience, bad calls and non-calls by the officials, Poor coaching decisions, such as not getting Marcel Reese more involved, The line not opening up lanes for Run DMc, etc., would not have been that big of a difference if #1-#3 had been addressed….but I’m happier than I have been in a long time.

  • James K

    This loss made us Hungry!
    We will get better!