Yesterday the Oakland Raiders were a mess in every department of the game in a blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at the Coliseum, a final meeting in 2013 between the AFC West rivals that ended in a 56-31 loss.
As expected, the Black Hole let the Raiders know that they felt some of the most passionate fans in the NFL deserved better. Letting the boos fly onto the field and chanting for Terrelle Pryor at points of the second as Matt McGloin was struggling.
The Pryor chants eventually subsided after McGloin brought the Raiders to back within four points on a touchdown strike to Mychal Rivera. But the fans continued their outrage after Jamaal Charles busted out for one of his four receiving touchdowns on a 71 yard screen pass touchdown to push the score back to 42-31.
Taiwan Jones fumbled the ensuing kick return, ending the Raiders chances in the game and starting what was the finishing of a rout by the Chiefs where every single member of the Raiders roster and coaching staff should take blame.
If the Raiders didn’t self implode after fighting hard on offense and getting early second half stops to bring the score within four points you might have been sitting here reading another story, but that feel good comeback was quickly replaced by further ineptitude that over the course of four quarters would have lost Oakland the game regardless of how much talent they had on the field.
From both quarterbacks throwing interceptions to horrendous tackling in the flat allowing Jamaal Charles to look like he was playing in Beginner mode on Madden the Raiders looked like the team that pundits thought had a chance of going 0-16 this year. After a beginning to the year that showed promise, it is not evidently clear that the Raiders fans have lost faith in the rebuild that the organization planned for this season after years of trying to avoid it.
Banged up with a roster that was already eating near $70 million in dead cap space money the Raiders expectedly looked outclassed by the Chiefs, but the manner in which it happened will be putting people on the hot seat and will have people pointing fingers. From seven turnovers to the aforementioned lack of defensive effort in tackling Jamaal Charles, Oakland pissed away a game that they fought to come back into and were as a result blown out in both halves at the end of the day. If there is one thing that will get the calls for dismissal going in Oakland, a blowout loss to the Chiefs would be it.
With two weeks left there are questions left and right that will need to be answered. Namely if Dennis Allen will be returning next season to coach after his hot seat got even hotter after the Week 14 debacle in New York. Looking at facing an identical 4-12 record from his first season as Raiders head coach and with things falling apart to close the season, a once unthinkable proposition at the start of November is now possible.
The Raiders have two games left against the still playoff hopeful San Diego Chargers and a Denver Broncos team looking to clinch the AFC West title to turn the narrative of their season around. With such a difficult end to the season, the current plans of the Raiders rebuild may change drastically if the performance on the field does not elevate before 2013 comes to a close. After Sunday, fans, and potentially owner Mark Davis can’t be blamed for being impatient.