For Better or Worse
For Better or worse ...
There is no real point in breaking down the stats from this game. A 34 to 3 blowout is self explanatory.
No tangible insight can be gained in offering up an analysis of what happened on the field in New Orleans. There are zero positive talking points to delve into.
In the simplest terms, the Raiders D did nothing to stop the Saints from marching up and down the field. The front 7 provided zero QB pressure on Brees. The D had no answer to cover the Saints backs and tight ends.
In the most basic overview, the Raiders offense had no rhythm whatsoever. The rushing attack was never established. The passing game was sporadic and inept.
JaMarcus Russell looked like a rookie in his sixth NFL start. His timing was off with the receivers, he was inaccurate with his throws, and he made numerous bad reads about the Saints coverage.
In the Raiders first game under the leadership of Interim Head Coach Cable and playcalling of Offensive Coordinator Knapp, the Raiders laid a silver and black egg.
There is no question in my mind that this team will continue to struggle to gain traction. The fans and team will experience the growing pains with Russell. It might be only 1 game under Cable but unless things are turned around quickly, it won't be far off that the organization and fans alike ponder the Fassell era.