I don’t hand out game balls in a loss, but I sure do hand out opinions. I don’t want to call it blame, because should of – could of, maybe, yeah, it’s a team game, so everyone has a hand in a loss. This was a valiant effort by the Oakland Raiders on the road in Kansas City, but it all came unraveled at the end. No three game balls, but instead I offer, my three extra points.
Raiders D Solid
I have been calling this Defense the best the Raiders have had in the last 10 years, before they ever played a down. I said this based on the addition by subtraction of those cut ( is Michael Huff still in the NFL? ha) and by the solid free agent signings on that side of the ball. Kudos to the defense on their play against the Chiefs, they were solid.
O-Line: Missing In Action
That picture above sums up the Raiders offensive line – missing in action. They have been decimated by injuries. This group started out thin as a rail and the injuries just keep coming. You had Mike Brisiel moving from guard to play center and he had not played that position since back in NFL Europe some 7+ years ago. Compound that with a couple practice squad guys manning the right guard and tackle spots. Comical but yet sad. On the road against a defense with its ears peeled back, I’m just glad nobody was seriously injured. The bye week is coming at the best possible time for this unit. Hopefully they can heal up and we’ll have to see how fast Jared Veldheer can get back. He is eligible to play starting Week 9, at home against Philly.
McFadden not the future
Pryor is the future and McFadden is not. Even when DMC gets a crease, he doesn’t look great. He never makes anyone miss and almost always goes down with the first contact. He seems less physical than years past and his production is spotty at best. Unless he comes back on the serious cheap, giving us a discount for overpaying the last 6 years, I don’t see him in Silver and Black next year.
On the other hand, I’m sold on Pryor. His work ethic I believed in, but I didn’t know if it would matter, a la Tim Tebow. But it has and it will. He just needs the live fire experience, so he can fully understand how important it is to throw the ball away and come back the next play. He still tries to score 30 points in one play sometimes, instead of taking advantage of the NFL rules for QB’s and coming back the next down or series. An NFL game is a marathon, not a sprint and he can’t put his defense in bad spots like he did today. He got rattled and lost his composure. I don’t expect to see that again.