The Atlanta Falcons flew into Oakland and administered a 24-0 beat down on the hapless Oakland Raiders Sunday. The loss sends to Raiders to a dismal record of 2-6, and was the third blow out in four games under interim coach Tom Cable.
Falcon QB Matt Ryan threw a pair of first half touchdowns to Michael Jenkins as the Falcons held the Raiders to negative yards and no first downs in the first half of the game, and their lowest yard total in 47 years. Oakland finished with just 77 yards in the game, the lowest total yards since 1961 when they got 58 yards against the San Diego Charges.
It was the lowest total in the NFL since the Cleveland Browns gained 26 yards in December of 2004 against the Buffalo Bills. Al Davis’ once proud franchise may have hit a new low this week in front of a half-filled stadium of fans who began booing the Raiders just minutes into the game. Said coach Cable “Quite simply, we just did not do anything that we were trying to do offensively. It was not a good effort today for the Oakland Raiders.”
The Falcons (5-3) scored on their first four possessions as Ryan had open receivers to choose from almost every time he dropped back to pass, while Falcon running backs Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood had big hole to run through all game long. “We came out and scored three touchdowns on our first three drives and got the field-goal on the fourth” Ryan said after the game. “I thought we did a good job in the no-huddle today, and most of all, our defense kept them from doing anything on offense, so it was an impressive effort by everyone.”
The rookie QB beat former Falcon cornerback DeAngelo Hall with a 37 yard TD pass to Jenkins to cap the first drive. Then the two beat Oakland’s Stanford Routt with a corner route for a 27 yard TD on the third drive. Norwood added a 12 yard TD run, and Jason Elam kicked a 48 yard field goal for Atlanta’s other first half scores that made it 24-0. Ryan finished the game 17 of 22 for 220 yards while RB Michael Turner added 139 yards on 31 carries. There was no scoring in the second half of the game.
The Raiders did virtually nothing on offense the whole game, with JaMarcusRussell going 6 for 19 and a total of 31 yards with one interception. He lead the Raiders in rushing with 46 yards and was sacked 4 times. Justin Fargus ran the ball 6 times for a total of 23 yards. Even attempts of trickery did’nt work for Oakland as they sent WR Ronald Curry in at QB on the first play of their fourth drive, but before they could even run the play, Robert Gallery was called for a false start, and Russell returned to QB.
They did not get a first down in the game until Justin Fargas ran 13 yards with 9:26 to play in the third quarter. Said Raider’s safety Gibril Wilson, ” During the week, we look like we’re a Super Bowl team, and we come out there and we are damm near the laughingstock of the league, and it’s ridiculous. I’ve never been in a situation where it has been like this, and I don’t know what it is..” Wilson continued and said, “The people in this locker room have to look at themselves in the mirror and see exactly what they are bringing to the table, and if they are not bringing anything to the table, then get off the ship, period.”
Next up for the Raiders is a home game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday November 9th.