Latavius Murray apologizes for costly fumbles in loss


Since exploding onto the scene late in the 2014 season, Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray has been unable to do any wrong in the minds of the Raider Nation. Taking the reins from Darren McFadden and never looking back as a star in the making in the Oakland backfield.

Murray came into Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears off of his best performance of the season against the Cleveland Browns, but at Soldier Field the young Oakland rusher had arguably the worst game of his career in a nightmare afternoon where nothing seemed to go his way.

First, Murray bobbled a routine screen pass into the hands of the Bears secondary in a rare mistake for the sure-handed running back. Then late in the game Murray dropped another routine play, fumbling a pitch from Derek Carr for his second turnover of the game. Leading to his benching on the final drive of the game for the offense, a drive that ended with backup Roy Helu Jr. falling short on a 3rd and 2 that forced the Raiders to settle for a field goal that cost them the game in the final seconds.

Following the heartbreaking loss to fall to 2-2 in a very winnable game against the Bears, Murray owned up to his miscues even if they didn’t end up costing the Raiders a high number of points on the scoreboard as Charles Woodson’s interception in the fourth quarter following the fumble saved the day after the bobbled pitch. Murray admitting that he took his eyes off of the football to look downfield before both miscues, something he took full responsibility for postgame.

In Murray’s defense, the game wasn’t won or lost on his two fumbles as the Raiders settling for field goals ended up being the deciding factor. That doesn’t change that Murray’s performance against the Bears will go down as one of his worst since coming onto the scene as just 49 yards and two turnovers is probably the lowest that fans will see from the starting running back this season.

Murray will have a big Week 5 test looking for a bounce back game against the Broncos, but you can be assured that the running back will be motivated to put his afternoon of horrors in Chicago behind him quickly. It may not come against a Denver defense that has one of the best defensive fronts in the league, but Murray will be hoping that he can have a positive outing as soon as possible to erase any memory of an afternoon where he could do little right in a tough loss against the Bears.

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