Titans 38 - Raiders 13
This opener at Tennessee was a sad reminder that the pre-season is completely meaningless. The 2 biggest concerns going into the opener reared their ugly heads:
** OLine Pass Protection and WRs production **
The Raiders OLine looked inept and could not protect Campbell. In particular, "Super" Mario Henderson almost got Campbell killed ... again. During the preseason vs. SF, Henderson whiffed and allowed DE LaBoy a “kill-shot” on Campbell’s blind side. Both Walker and Henderson were turnstiles when facing speed rushers. If it wasn’t for Campbell’s mobility, there would have been even more carnage. On top of poor pass protection, the OLine was very undisciplined with countless penalties and miscues on center exchanges.
The WRs were non-existent, non-factors in the passing game. 8 total receptions for 58 total yards. When your QB is scrambling for his life, the WRs need to have more awareness to make themselves available by breaking off and improvising their routes. It becomes a school-yard fire drill where the WR needs to become a viable target.
Total WR Production vs. Tennessee:
-> Murphy 4 receptions - 28 yards
-> Figurs 2 receptions - 17 yards
-> DHB 1 reception - 11 yards
-> JLH 1 reception - 2 yards
When your #1, Top WR, accounts for 28 measly yards in the passing game, it is not a good sign.
Sure it is only 1 game but it was an epic failure and uncompetitive football on all counts. All 3 units (offense, defense, special teams) played poorly. Basic football fundamentals (blocking, tackling, stopping the run, getting open and catching the ball) were sorely missing.
I'm hopeful that we will correct and tighten up our pass blocking plus find a way for our WRs to be legit, productive pass catching threats.