Monday, November 07, 2011

Raiders Get Tebowed

Broncos 38 - Raiders 24

The Raiders suffered their 2nd consecutive embarrassing loss at the hands of a divisional opponent. The worst part of losing this critical game is how the Raiders defense allowed QB Tim Tebow to execute a college style offense tailored to his strengths without making the proper adjustments.

The Raiders defensive front 7 had no answer for Tebow running the ball out of the shotgun (12-118-9.8) or RB McGahee gouging the interior line (20-163-8.2-2 TDs). With KC inexplicably getting trounced by Mia and SD losing a shoot-out to GBay, the Raiders let a golden opportunity slip away midway through the 3rd quarter with a 24-14 lead. Instead of taking command of the division, the Raiders allowed Denver 24 unanswered points.

A huge part of Denver's success in the 2nd half was their ability to run the ball between the tackles. For the day, the Broncos racked up a total of 299 yards rushing on 38 carries at 7.9 yards a pop. The absence of MLB McClain was very evident and noticeable.

QB Palmer showed good improvement (332 yard passing, 3 TDs) by using the bye week to get a better handle on the Raiders offense. However his 3 interceptions counter-balanced some of the good things he did in leading the unit throughout the game.

I'm optimistic that Palmer will continue to get more comfortable with the offensive game plan and personnel and do a better job in minimizing the # of costly INTs. The defense will need to rebound quickly facing a prolific Chargers offensive unit on a short week. It will be a challenging and interesting final 8 game push to see what this 2011 team is all about.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm embarrassed too. STOP THE RUN is all you need to do against Tebow. lol It's not that hard. He'll get lucky and connect on a few passes but just STOP THE RUN!!! That fake handoff option play worked. Jeez, they really piss me off sometimes.

2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its starting to look like 8-8 or 7-9. Loosing McFadden and Shaunessy seems to have really hurt. To go 1-2 against Cleveland, KC and Denver essentially ruined the season.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...


Exactly. Take away and commit to stopping the run and force Tebeow to beat you in the pocket, in the air. In other words, adjust to his strengths and weaknesses. It isn't rocket science but solid game planning and execution.


The AFC West is wide open and a complete crapshoot. The team that plays the best, most consistent football for the remaining 8 games (to include the Broncos at 3-5) will win the division.

Yes, losing key players like McFadden, Shaunnessey, McClain, and others hurts but it is no excuse. Every team has significant injuries. When teams build their 53 man rosters, it truly is "next man up" in a brutal sport where injuries are the norm not the exception.

9:51 PM  

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