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2013 Oakland Raiders - Defense in Reverse

The 2013 Oakland Raiders are fading into another losing season and continue their franchise record playoff drought at 11 season. The Nation is up in arms, Mike Silver’s uni-brow is reporting from the team plane and pundits are patting themselves on the back. With two division games left, the only question that remains is, what dubious record will the Defense yield next. Jason Tarver’s unit is headed in the wrong direction. Lets look at the numbers.

2012 Season

0 – 400+yd passers

4 – 300+yd passers, only 2 in the last 12 games

3 – 200+ rush yards, 2 in the last 12 games

6 – 100+ rush yards – 5 in the last 12 games

5 – 30+ points – only 2 in the last 12 games, none last 5

1 – 40+ points – week 9

1 – 50+ points – week 10

 

2013 Season thru 14 games

1 – 400+yd passer – week 9

5 – 300+yd passers, 3 in the last 5 games

0 – 200+ rush yards

9 – 100+ rush yards – 5 in the last 7 games

3 – 30+ points – 2 in the last 3 games (the third was a 50 burger)

1 – 40+ points – week 9

1 – 50+ points – week 15

With two games left vs. the Chargers and Broncos, these numbers are about to get worse. In their first matchups they gave up over 350 yards passing to both teams. So while we like to say the pass defense has improved, the numbers don’t say that. They are on pace to give up more yards than they did last year and have already given up just as many passing touchdowns. In contrast to last year, when the defense came on strong as the year progressed, the opposite has happened this year. While the run defense has been good enough to not get ripped for 200+ yards this year, it still is weakening as the season progressed.

They are allowing a better scoring percentage 36.5% vs. 41.2% and turnover percentage 15.6% vs. 12.8%, but are fading fast. In their last 3 games they have allowed the following points: 31, 37 & 56. While last year they didn’t allow 30+ points in their last 5 games. Granted the Offense and Special Teams have contributed to this, but there is no denying this Defense is moving in the wrong direction.

Is Tarver becoming too predictable? Has Woodson lost all his ball skills? Is Brandian Ross the worst strong safety in the league? Yes, yes and yes. When you look at the Raiders defensive numbers it is no surprise that the Raid

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