There is no excuse for sitting in the pocket and not delivering the ball. If you stand in one spot, eventually somebody will get to you. Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn proved time and time again that he could get sacked. Great stats Matt Flynn, great stats. Wow, and to think that I supported this guy before I saw Terrelle Pryor in full action. So much for the thought that a successful game by Flynn would have created a quarterback controversy. No controversy at all, Pryor is the guy, and we, Raider Nation, saw just how much the Raiders need his skill set.
Even with the loss of Darren McFadden (Glass?) and Marcel Reece, Rashad Jennings stepped up and played well. The Raiders lost Terrelle Pryor, and you’d think that Matt Flynn would want to step up, but I guess he’s reserved to his back-up role. I’m over it, just had to vent a bit.
Offensively, the game was terrible. Except for a few good plays made by TE-Mychal Rivera, WR-Denarius Moore, and early runs by Darren McFadden, the offense ran by Matt Flynn fizzled away and dried up in the dirt of O.co Coliseum. Please come back TP2.
Defensively, the Raiders played a very strong game. They held RGIII and Alfred Morris to minimal yards. When they got backed up against their own end zone, the Raiders “D” stood their ground and only gave up minimal points. Once again, the defense only allowed one touchdown. The other touchdown came from Matt Flynn throwing a pick-six. Not the defenses fault. Two turnovers were forced, but the Zebra’s ensured that the Raiders only got to count one of them. The other was called back due to a bogus “Neutral Zone” infraction on Lamarr Houston. Oh well, I guess the NFL always has to have some type of impact on the game.
The defense swarms to the ball carrier and attacks the football. I love watching this take place. It’s especially cool when the Raiders are wearing their black jersey’s. Kevin Burnett, Sio Moore, Charles Woodson, Mike Jenkins, Nick Roach, and Brandian Ross all had really good performances within this game. They were forcing fumbles and making key tackles. Several tackles for loss were made and it was intense. As this team progresses and grows even more, they will come together and be a dominant force. The best play on defense came when Charles Woodson sacked RGIII for a big loss on 4th down and short. Kudos to Woodson, C-Wood!
Now, the Raiders need to find that offense that works consistently. What formula works best? I don’t know, but I feel like there is talent wasting away on the sidelines and within the huddle. I’ll go back and watch the game again, but the immediate problem that I could see was the lack of Flynn trusting his receivers to make the tough catches. He should have thrown it. I would rather he throw two-three interceptions if he is throwing the ball to a receiver wearing Silver and Black. Unfortunately, he threw the one pick to a player wearing a Redskins uniform. Oops, guess that pass got away from him.
Injuries killed the Raiders today. Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece went out within the first quarter of play. McFadden injured his hamstring and Reece is now dealing with a knee injury. Not a good sign for our offense. Let’s hope both of these players can get back onto the field for the game against the San Diego Chargers this week. At least my week will be filled with hater Bolts fans trying to profess how good the Chargers are this week. It should make for some fun interactions.
Keep your head up Raider Nation, I’m trying to. We’ve still got a lot of season left, and the Raiders can get this thing turned around. The good news is that Menelik Watson should be returning to the offensive line this week. A few more weeks, and the line will have Jared Veldheer back. If the Raiders can get something rolling by then, the season will only get better. Tough loss to watch today, but I keep the faith going. I really love the way our defense plays. Go Raiders!