In a loss it is hard to give out Game Balls, but the JBB staff went to the think tank and made their selections for Game Balls from the Raiders 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Here are their selections.
Sebastian Cosentino (@sebjbb)
Offense- Denarius Moore
Moore showed why he coined the phrase “I’m not a play maker, I just make plays”. He scored the Raiders lone points of the night when he outran more than 5 Chiefs defenders that were on his tail the entire time. He is solidifying himself as the go to receiver and creating a connection with Terrelle Pryor.
Defense- the entire defense
I tried to find an individual player on the defense to give this ball to, but the entire defense as a whole played a complete game that was reminiscent of the some of the old Raider’s defenses. To give the ball to any individual player would be robbing the rest of the defense because every player contributed to the great showing.
Special Teams- Marquette King
King consistently had to get the Raiders out of Tricky situations, and he did just that. His 51 Punt average to go along with a booming 64 yard punt was an intricate part of why the Raider’s defense was able to stop the Chiefs much of the game and not give up good field position.
Offense: Denarius Moore
Is it possible to charge the cost of a gameball to the offense? Pryor definitely took a step back, but with an O-line that has lost darn near an entire starting unit worth of guys I really don’t blame too much on TP. Don’t get me wrong, he still threw 3 INT’s and deserves the blame for those. Darren McFadden still looked a little gimpy, but hey he played! Those Contract years are an amazing motivator, am I right? There was Denarius Moore’s 39 yd slant that went for a TD. Other than that….well there wasn’t really anything else. So there. Denarius Moore you get the gameball.
Defense: Nick Roach
Now Defense, that is another story. The Defense played very well in a game that was very reminiscent to the Redskins game.The Defense did their job by keeping the Raiders within a score on either side while the offense struggled to even move the ball. You can not ask much more than that from a Defense. Traver, Woodson and company kept their end of the bargain. One player that stood out to me was Nick Roach. He was all over the field making 8 solo tackles and had a sack to his credit. Porter also looked good in coverage as well. For as many blitzes as Tarver throws out there, the secondary does a good job communicating and calling the correct coverage and actually executing said coverage. Woodson, Ross and Hayden all recorded Forced fumbles as well but Roach gets my gameball for the defense.
Special Teams: Marquette King
I think most Raiders fans understand and really appreciate great special teams play. I know whenever I play Madden I am always trying to coffin corner the punt and when I do, I strut and feel like I just went over the top over Champ Bailey for 99 yds. I love it. I have really started to enjoy watching Taiwan Jones cover punts. As fast as he is, no outside contain guy can keep up with him. Which often leads to a one on one with the returner, which early on was mostly won by the returner. Now those battles are starting to go to Taiwan Jones, who has worked on his open field tackling and it shows. However,my gameball goes to Punter King. Without Marquette King and his 43.5 yd net Avg. the Raiders would have been in poor shape field position wise.
Offensive Game Ball: Denarius Moore
Special Teams: Marquette King
Special teams as a whole did a pretty good job in containing the speedy Dexter McCluster all day. His longest returns were of 11, 9, and 7 yards. Oakland Special teams has been standing out and shining all year long, a game ball could be giving to the unit as a whole just for their coverage in the game insuring Kansas City was set with minimum field position all day. As a matter of fact King should probably by a round for the coverage guys for upping his net punting average. DJ Hayden could receive a game ball for showing off his burners on a punt return. Phillip Adams fielding the ball inside the 20 and Hayden came around for the reverse in what was D. Allen and B. April’s attempt at getting some sort of momentum in the 4th quarter. Overall it was a 22 yard gain which could’ve been more but Hayden had stepped out of bounds while sprinting down the sideline. Game ball has to go to Marquette King this week. He was a runner up last week with a 64 yard punt and this week he again boomed a 64 yard punt in which everyone thought the Chiefs were going to receive excellent field position. Backed up against the 23 yard line King sent the ball sailing through the air all the way to the Kansas City 13 yard line. It was astonishing to witness this punt, time and time again you assumed KC would receive excellent field position but King continued to bail out the lackluster play of the offense all day. And for this, King receives my game ball for Special Teams.
Defense: Charles Woodson
On Defense it was another stellar performance from our Defense who I tweeted needs a name ie: steel curtain. Leave in the comments section ideas for a nickname for the Raiders defense. One of the biggest turnarounds for Oakland has been the defense. The Mad Chemist Jason Tarver has really turned this defense around in just a year’s time. Some key additions to the defensive line in the off season and some depth and this defense will be deadly. Tracy Porter played a solid game with a couple passes defended and Sio Moore finally got in on some action after a shaky and injury riddled start to the season. On the very first play he was able to blow through a number 1 draft pick Eric Fisher and manhandle Alex Smith for a sack that somewhat silenced the deafening KC crowd. Late in the first quarter Alex Smith and co was on the RAIDER 35 yard line within field goal range when Vance Walker came through with a big sack for a 7 yard loss knocking Kansas City out of field goal range. DJ Hayden had a nice hit in the 3rd quarter causing D. Avery to cough up the ball to whom else? None other than the man, the myth, the legend, Charles Woodson, the fumble couldn’t have come at a more opportune time as the chiefs were driving and at the Oakland Raiders 11 yard line. The fumble recovery now moves Charles Woodson up to 11 career fumble recoveries, that’s his third takeaway in two games. To keep with the theme of back to back, Woodson receives today’s defensive game ball in back to back weeks. Let’s keep the takeaways coming!
Offense: Denarius Moore
Offense other than the first half is a bit harder to find that gem. Pryor was hammered play after play in the second half. Furthermore instead of throwing the ball away he forced passes, attempted to keep the play alive entirely too long with his legs. It was a complete 180 from his play last week against San Diego. Given that was at home and not in a hostile environment that was setting records for highest decimal level at a sporting event. There is room to grow for the young QB and I have no doubts that he will rebound from this as he has accepted and overcome every obstacle that was thrown his way. Now he did make several impressive plays including a 22 yard run in which the defense assumed he was going to run out of bounds. But the play of the game for the Raiders offense was a 39 yard touchdown strike to Denarius Moore in the 2nd quarter. I will be the first to say I was criticizing Moore at the beginning of the season. But whatever slump he was in he has come out of big time. That’s two consecutive touchdowns in back to back games for the young receiver. He’s currently on pace to break a thousand yards and 10 touchdowns if he stays at this pace. Something tells me he has a few big games in him coming soon. Moore finished the day with 5 catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Moore showed off his track skills on that 39 yard touchdown on a slant route over the middle and after the catch he was able to leave a cloud of dust and defenders in his trail. For this, Moore receives the offensive game ball. Hopefully during the bye weeks our O-line can rest up and come back at Pittsburgh in two weeks with fresh legs and moving on from this upsetting lost.