Hut, Hut ... Fumble
The Raiders flew into the Crow's Nest with the deck stacked against them. With the offensive unit compiling the following atrocious numbers, it is remarkable that the deficit was only 28-6.
5 fumbles (3 lost); 3 interceptions, 6 sacks (45 yards lost); 1 safety; 2-12 on 3rd down coversion rate; 0-3 red zone efficiency; 39 net rushing yards.
The Raiders turned over the ball carelessly, were unable to protect the QB, and had an impotent rushing attack. Similar to the Chargers' slaughter, the offensive unit put their compadres on the other side of the ball in a very difficult predicament. The 1st 5 possessions tells the storyline: Fumble, Fumble, 3-out, 3-out, 3-out. That's zero 1st downs in your 1st 5 possessions. Pathetic. The Ravens started their 1st 3 possessions in Raiders' territory. Thanks to the spirited performance of the Raiders' defense, the Ravens came away with only 3 field goals.
Here's a quick list of observations.
- 4 fumbled snaps (2 from Brooks, 2 from Walter); this is totally inexcusable considering this is the most basic "play" in football.
- 6 turnovers; ball security/turnover ratio is one of the most telling indicators of wins and losses.
- 6 sacks; the Raiders pass protection is a glaring weakness that needs to be shored up very quickly for the offense to be able to sustain drives.
- Offensive tempo; Walter needs to get the offensive unit in and out of the huddle quickly and have enough time to survey the field, read the defense, change the play or protection scheme if necessary, and avoid burning needless time outs.
- Tippy-Toe Jordan; #34 seems very tentative hitting the hole. He needs to decisively pick a seam and blast through the line. (19 carries, 35 yards, 1.8 avg)
- Play calling; Moss is your #1 weapon. How is it possible that he ends up with only 2 receptions for 32 yards? The Raiders offense ran 61 plays. There wasn't 1 pass thrown to a RB the entire game.
- Capitalizing on your opportunities; Walter threw an uncatchable ball to Moss who was wide open in the end zone.
- A round of beers for the D; The defensive unit can hold their heads up high. This unit played with a lot of heart and pride throughout the game no matter how many times the offensive unit shafted them. Besides being left on the field forever, having to take a short field to defend, bouncing off the bench after 6 turnovers and a safety, the D responded.
- Star performers; Sapp (2 sacks), Sands (2 batted balls), Morrison (1 int), Howard (7 tackles), Poole (3 passes defended) in particular played exceptionally well under adverse conditions.
- The future of our franchise QB is now; it is now time to usher in the Walter era and see whether or not he is the QB to build around. With Brooks getting injured chasing down one of his fumbles, Walter was thrown into the fire. Walter's statline was ugly (10-27, 162 yards, 3 ints, 1 fumble) but he demonstrated some of the intangibles (leadership, chemistry, pocket awareness) and passing abilities when protected that the organizations has been high on.
- We like A-Dub; The players seems to respond to Walter. There were a number of instances where teammates (Sapp, Moss) actively sought out Walter to show their support for him.
- Special Teams; Carr ran back the kick offs and punts with a reckless abandon. Shane Lechler (4 punts, 53.5 avg) and Sea-Bass (2-2 FG including a 51 yarder) were sharp.
- An extra week to re-group; The bye week couldn't come at a better time for the Raiders. The 2 weeks of practice, especially for Walter, and adjustments are critical to get on the right track.
Up Next: Oct. 1st at home vs. the Cleveland Browns
|AFC West||Record||Next Opponent|
|San Diego||(2-0)||Bye Week|
|Denver||(1-1)||at New England|
|Kansas City||(0-2)||Bye Week|