Raiders Awful in 44-7 Crushing by the Giants


Once again Sunday in New Jersey the Raiders offense took on the look of a team playing its first preseason game, as they were limited to 124 total yards in a lackluster 44-7 blowout loss to the undefeated New York Giants. QB JaMarcus Russell is on the verge of what seems to be a historically bad season. He was sacked six times, fumbled three times, and was 8-for-13 for 100 yards in the loss.

The Raiders defense didn’t do much better, as they allowed big plays, and let Giants QB Eli Manning, playing hurt, to go 8 of 10 for 173 yards before leaving late in the second quarter for a well-deserved rest. Even with Manning playing less than a half, the team put up 483 yards in total offense.

The Giants piled it on early with a 14-play drive, going up 14-0 after a pair of Ahmad Bradshaw touchdowns. Then Manning went to work in the second quarter, as he threw two TD’s, one to Mario Manningham of 30 yards, and the next one to Hakeem Nicks for a 9-yard score to make it 28-0 less than 18 minutes into the game.

The Raiders finally scored, as they followed up four straight three-and-out drives with an 11-play, 81-yard drive that ended with a Michael Bush score to make it 28-7. That would be the only highlight of the day, as the team had 12 offensive drives, and 10 of them had three plays or less.

The team is now 1-4 on the year, and next week it won’t get easier as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles at home.


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