What the Oakland Raiders have to build on
Sep 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) drops back to pass against the New York Jets during a game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets wasn’t a good look for Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen or his defense. I couldn’t tell Justin Tuck played in the game, LaMarr Woodley looked slow or like he was jogging and Carlos Rogers gave up catches on everything thrown at him. Miles Burris started at middle linebacker over Kaluka Maiava to replace a concussed Nick Roach and Allen wonders why the Raiders gave up 212 yards rushing.
The game plan on offense was off too but I’m going to give offensive coordinator Greg Olson a pass for losing his father. (God bless him and his family) As for as offensive players go, Rod Streater showed that he’s just as inconsistent as the rest of the receivers, dropping two passes in a row after his touchdown. Then there’s Maurice Jones Drew, who doesn’t have that burst anymore and can no longer turn the corner—especially on the New York Jets fast defense.
With that being the case, you have to wonder how the score was only 19-14 instead of Week 1’s biggest route in the NFL. But there is actually still reason for optimism in Raider Nation as there were good things that came out of the game. They are players that give the Raiders something to build on going into Week 2 and if they can get some help, the Raiders will win.
Turn the page to see who those players are.