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Four key takeaways from Raiders’ giant loss


Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) after the game at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the Oakland Raiders 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

The loss to the New York Giants on Sunday was indeed, a giant loss (see what I did there). For the second straight week the Raiders came into the game with expectations to win, and the need to win, only for the them to be squashed as the Raiders dropped another crucial game. While this loss was not nearly as statistically brutal as the Eagles’ game, this game was a heart-wrencher because the Giants are not a good football team, while the Eagles are. It was a bad week for Andre Brown to come back as the he caught the Raiders completely off guard en route to a 24-20 Giants’ victory. Here are some key takeaways from the loss.

The defense responds well to blowout- Probably the hottest topic coming into this game was how the Raiders’ defense was going to respond after being thoroughly embarrassed at home by the Eagles. Well, they responded nicely, playing up to the hype they were receiving after the Steelers’ game.

As a team, they held the Giants’ offense to just 17 points allowed, with the other seven points coming off a punt block returned for a touchdown. They held two-time super bowl champion Eli Manning to just 140 yards on the air with an interception and sacked him three times. The only hiccup in their game was being surprised by Andre Brown and allowing him to an uncharacteristic 115 yards on the ground.

Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) goes down for a sack against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Who?- The more Rashad Jennings runs, the more confident I am in his ability to be the lead back next season. Against the Giants, he carried the ball 20 times for 88 yards and caught two more passes for 19 yards. Considering he was averaging 4.4 yards per carry and is a power back, the only thing I was confused with was why the coaching staff didn’t give it to him more when they had first and goal. He was also tackled at the one yard line, although it could be argued that the ball was in the touchdown zone.

Whether it be the offensive line somehow playing better when Jennings is in the back field or what, but he seems to produce no matter what. He didn’t even have Pryor’s running ability on Sunday to prevent defenders from just loading the box. Darren McFadden has a lot to prove when he, if he, ever gets back if he want to continue to be a Raider.

Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings (27) tries to get away from New York Giants outside linebacker Keith Rivers (55) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

The passing attack needs help- The Oakland Raiders’ terrible passing offense can be put on the blame of many, the coaches for not giving Terrelle Pryor a more expansive playbook of vertical attacks,– “It was a route that they run a lot and I was waiting on it all game,” Giants DB Thomas said. “They run two-by-two slants and coach put us in a great position and I was just happy to make a play for our defense.” Thanks for the diverse play calling Greg– Pryor’s wounded knee, the success of rushing the ball, etc. The one thing that is for certain though is the lack of a consistent playmaker opposite of the inconsistent playmaker, Denarius Moore.

I’m a big believer in Denarius Moore, I think he has fantastic potential, but when he is the main target of Pryor by a long shot and the defense doesn’t respect anyone else’s ability to catch the ball, it leads him to be double covered

and really hopeless when it comes to trying to catch the ball. Pryor targeted Moore 9 times compared to the next receiver with the most targets, Streater, with 4.

It was refreshing to see Pryor getting the ball to Michael Rivera and Marcel Reece though, as they both caught all their targets. Rivera had two catches for 22 yards and Reece had 3 catches for 30 yards. Hopefully in the future, the volume of their targets can be amplified because all they both ever seem to do is produce.

Pryor needs help if the Raiders want him to be successful- I’ll be the first person to say that I have been on the Terrelle Pryor bandwagon since he has been a Raider. And I still am. I feel bad for him right now, because he has all the talent in the world, but his supporting cast is in such a state of disarray that i’m not sure if any quarterback can be successful in his environment. No, in fact, no QB for the Raiders have been able to be successful for the past decade.

Thankfully, the situation is starting to clear up, as Reggie has this team on the right track to be successful. He just needs to wait for the offensive line to get healthy and add a playmaker or two through the draft or free agency next offseason in order to alleviate some of the pressure off of Pryor. I do believe he is the quarterback of the future for the Raiders, and yes he will have a lot of mistakes this year, but you have to remember that just this past offseason he admitted to having really no idea how to play quarterback the past years or even how to throw a football correctly. Goes to show you how much the past coaching staff really cared about his development. His intangibles and athletic ability are off the charts and the things he needs to work on (mechanics, footwork) are things that be fixed with time. With his work ethic and philosophy, he has everything he needs to succeed at this level except a supporting cast. Most importantly though, he gives the fans and team a spark that we haven’t had in a decade.

If you really want to dismiss the only guy able to do that in years because he had a four game lull, as basically a rookie, go ahead. That’s what was wrong with the Raiders’ teams of the past, and just like this franchise, the fan base needs to be patient if they want success. I know lots of fans might comment about having been patient the past ten years and they are done with it, but let it be known that this is a completely different organization and team then we’ve ever seen.

Nov 10, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) scrambles away from New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (91) during the during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


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  • Silvia Arredondo

    I agree

  • Michael C

    I rewash all the gametime game rewind and broke down what I thought I saw from Pryor. When watching the game as a fan I couldn’t help but be upset with the way he has regressed. When you go back and watch the film on the all 22 camera, you realize it’s hardly his fault.
    1. He gets pressured right up the LG and LT on 2 of every three plays. We literally have no consistent playmaker on offense. I feel like there is hardly any talent on that offense besides Moore, and he just is not an every down #1 recievers. Imagine how good he would be if he wasn’t the target every single throw. I love mcfadden, but I think he is completely done. Call me what you want, I think Jeremy Steweart is more effective than most watch last year vs CINCY.
    2. Pryors completion percentage is a little skewed because he throws a lot of balls away bc of pressure, and there Are too many drops.

    As a fan it kills me to watch all these games see them perform like the way they do. When you go back and look at the film you realize we just don’t have the talent on offense. I know the Bradys the Rodgers the Peyton Manning’s will make a lot of lesser talent look good but they would have trouble behind our offense of line too. So my suggestion is you go back and watch the game and take the fan perspective out of it and you realize that this team was probably overachieving the first half of the season. I think the coaching staff has done a pretty solid job overall which is why I would like them to come back next year with another draft and more free agency to see what this team would look like

  • Bob

    OBTW – THE RAIDERS ARE NOT MAKING THE PLAYOFFS.

  • Hippy

    Terrel pryor is a exciting player but will never be a playoff winning qb. Our loosing is not all his fault. It starts with the davis family. Get some one proven in here young coaches first time gm. Spend the money mark. We overpaid garbage players for years. Get us a real captain. A proven winner. The players respond to a winner . In times of losses they can say ive been here before. Our guys say ra ra but no proof. We need recievers and a actuall passer not a athletic qb a qb with athletiscim. I will say tp gives us a chance today but if we had a 1receiver tp would still be tp. Hoping for a qb and a 1 reciever next year. Ps sofar draft is so so.

  • Sebastian Cosentino

    I completely agree.