In a game of big plays back in forth, the Raiders gave them up at the worst time of the game. After leading 17-7 at half, and tying the game late in the 4th quarter, the Raiders special teams and defense failed them…miserably. Let’s review.
Defeat the East Coast Bias
Yep. The Raiders led at both the end of the 1st quarter and halftime, and were inspired from the start. Tom Cable’s schedule change seemed to work as it made it a point to the Raiders on being ready right out of the gate.
Win the Line Battles
Eh. The OL did ok, but it was all DMC. Take away his 2 long runs, and the Raiders had 23 carries for around 75 yards. The DL was the same, they bottled MJD for most of the game, but then allowed 100 yards on 2 runs.
Eh. Garrard did nothing spectacular with his feet as the Raiders harassed him most of the time he went back to pass. He did hit 1 big pass down the field and throw for 3 TD, but he didn’t make a large amount of plays with his feet which was important for the Raiders to contain.
Hit 2 Big Plays
Yep. DMC, DMC, DMC, he made big plays throughout the game to carry the Raiders. The surprising part, he only touched the ball 19 times. The Raiders should have gotten him into space at least another 5-6 times, he was the best player on the field.
This was similar in their loss to the Arizona Cardinals, they had opportunities but just didn’t make the plays to win the game. The most concerning part was the big plays they gave up on defense, 3 TD’s were from 30 yards and out, and that is again right back to the fact their safeties are not that good. They are the last line of defense, but if they are never there, the opposing teams find ways to score off of it.
Jaguars 38 Raiders 31