The Oakland Raiders fell to the San Franciso 49ers 17-3 Saturday night in their second pre-season game of the 2011 season. Oakland was without many key players (Louis Murphy, Run DMC, Jacoby Ford) and that list may have grown with starting QB Jason Campbell going down with a possible concussion and new TE Kevin Boss suffered a knee injury. JC was injured late in the 2nd quarter on a scramble and appeared to take a knee to the helmet. The Raiders’ moved the ball well at times, but still had trouble finding the end zone. Finishing drives has to continue to be a point of emphasis for Oakland.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson, still searching for his first win as coach of the silver and black, didn’t blame the injuries for the poor performance. “That has nothing to do with tonight,” Jackson said. “Tonight we didn’t play Raider football. We didn’t play like a Raider. That’s just the truth. Let’s call it like it is.”
After losing 24-18 to the Cardinals in its preseason opener, Oakland didn’t exactly make any strides the second time out. The Raiders, who have struggled to find the end zone once they’re close, have only scored one touchdown in eight trips inside the 30 this preseason.
“I think we are still knocking some rust off,” defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. “It is good to get out here and work with our teammates, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
The game was also marred by violence. There was at least one fight in the lower bowl of the stadium during the game, which is not uncommon at any sporting event, let alone one between rivals. But afterward, word began spreading quickly of another incident outside.
Two men were shot and injured in the parking lot, according to police. The victims are a 20-year-old man who is expected to survive and a 24-year-old man who is in a hospital with what authorizes said were life-threatening injuries. The 49ers released a statement that they were aware of an incident and police were investigating.
Up next for the Raiders is a Sunday night match up in Oakland against the New Orleans Saints.