Nov 29, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks to pass against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Oakland won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
For a game which saw pouring rain, fumble snaps, a ton of punts, and a second half of nearly exclusive running for the Raiders, the entertainment value ended up being pretty spectacular. While the rain did impact the much hyped matchup between two young and promising quarterbacks, it certainly didn’t sap all the energy away. The intensity was electric as Oakland threw ten passes in a row on their final drive to seal the win.
While the last drive was exciting, it wasn’t always pretty. Dropped passes came into play on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Derek Carr made some good throws as well as some terrible ones, both in terms of decision and accuracy. Seth Roberts ran one of the best routes of his career while Amari Cooper ran one of his most mediocre. Then of course, we can’t forget about the bail-out penalty which gave the Raiders another shot at salvaging their season on a blown 4th and 8 play.
This week, we’ll examine the the entire final drive and extrapolate what worked and didn’t work so well. And yes, we get video… of the entire last drive. By the end it will be clear that even in the terrible weather, there was no reason for the Raiders to abandon their powerful passing game as they did for much of the 2nd half.
Next: The Final Drive