Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
After a while, it almost felt like a .gif animation watching Carson Palmer completing short passes to Darren McFadden. But I'm not not sure that checkdowns and crossing routes are the crown jewels of offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's scheme, who landed himself in the loser category Monday night.
There was no spark to the offense, even when the team moved the ball well in the first half. Settling for field goals gave Raiders fans little hope that Palmer's first-half accuracy and Run DMC's powerhouse performance would add up to much in the end.
Palmer completed 32-of-46 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown. He's a winner for not throwing an interception and only forcing a few passes into tight coverage. For the most part, Palmer looked sharp and kept his gun-slinger attitude in check.
Palmer benefited greatly from the talented hands and feet of Darren McFadden, who led the Raiders in rushing and receiving Monday night. McFadden only had 15 carries for 32 yards on the ground, but more importantly, he picked up 86 receiving yards on 13 receptions.
Run DMC was Palmer's favorite target all night, and the two showed good chemistry.
It's also worth noting that recently signed receiver Derek Hagan and tight end Brandon Myers combined for nine catches and over 100 yards on only ten targets. Smells like winner to me.