Oakland Raiders vs. Atlanta Falcons: Oakland Raiders Week 6 Winners and Losers

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Oakland Raiders vs. Atlanta Falcons: Oakland Raiders Week 6 Winners and Losers
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Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden

Coming off of a week bye, the Oakland Raiders took on the undefeated NFC South Atlanta Falcons. While this Raiders team showed they could hang with (and at times lead) a top tier NFL team, they also showed areas in need of improvement.

Here are some of the Oakland Raiders' biggest winners and losers from a hard fought loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

 

Winners

Oakland Raiders Rushing game

The Oakland Raiders rushing offense more than doubled their NFL-worst average with 149 yards. You would think with that sentence alone, that would mean a big day for McFadden. 

However, he had another rough game with 70 yards on 27 carries and an average of 2.6 yards a carry. With that being said, Oakland’s rushing attack was a team effort, with Mike Goodson breaking a 43 yard run and Darrius Heyward-Bey with 20 yards.

 

Tight End Brandon Myers

An area that I have criticized the Oakland Raiders offense many times, Raiders QB Carson Palmer got additional pass support down the middle from tight end Brandon Myers.

Myers was second on the team with 5 catches for 62 yards and has added a much-needed threat for Palmer.

 

Oakland Raider Offensive Time of Possession

The Oakland Raiders offense managed the clock very well this week, with a 36:26 time of possession (compared to 23:34 for the Atlanta Falcons).

One of the reasons the Oakland won the time of possession battle was due to a balanced offensive attack.

The Raiders rushed the ball 32 times with 3 different players:

Rushing

ATT

YDS

TD

LG

D. McFadden

27

70

1

14

M. Goodson

4

59

0

43

D. Heyward-Bey

1

20

0

20

More impressively, QB Carson Palmer attempted 33 passes and spread the ball to 8 different receivers.

Receiving

REC

YDS

TD

LG

D. Moore

5

104

1

49

D. Hagan

4

85

0

38

B. Myers

5

62

0

18

M. Goodson

1

37

0

37

D. McFadden

3

28

0

20

R. Streater

3

24

0

14

D. Ausberry

1

12

0

12

M. Reece

1

1

0

1

 

 

Losers

QB Carson Palmer

While he had a productive game and ran the offense efficiently, he failed to see Atlanta Falcons DB Asante Samuel who returned an interception for 79 yards and a touchdown in the closing minutes, which gave the Falcons new life and helped lead Atlanta to a game-winning 55-yard field goal by Falcons kicker Matt Bryant with one second remaining.

If it had not been for the late interception, Carson Palmer (and the Oakland Raiders) both would have been winners in week 6.

 

Offensive line: QB protection and penalties

John Abraham owned the Raiders offensive line and had a huge day for the Falcons' defense. He manhandled Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer, sacking Palmer three times and forced a fumble which was recovered by the Falcons.

 

Penalties

The Oakland Raiders reverted to form with 12 penalties for 110 yards:

  • PENALTY on OAK-45-M.Reece, Offensive Holding, 10 yards
  • PENALTY on OAK-77-M.Shaughnessy, Roughing the Passer, 15 yards
  • PENALTY on OAK-83-B.Myers, Offensive Pass Interference, 10 yards
  • PENALTY on OAK-79-W.Smith, Offensive Holding, 10 yards
  • PENALTY on OAK-52-P.Wheeler, Defensive Holding, 5 yards
  • PENALTY on OAK-31-C.Francies, Offensive Holding, 10 yards
  • PENALTY on OAK-68-J.Veldheer, False Start, 5 yards
  • PENALTY on OAK-50-T.Goethel, Offensive Holding, 10 yards
  • PENALTY on OAK-58-D.Tollefson, Neutral Zone Infraction,
  • PENALTY on OAK-79-W.Smith, Offensive Holding, 10 yards
    • Penalty on OAK-79-W.Smith, Offensive Holding, declined.
  • PENALTY on OAK-29-B.Ross, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards
  • PENALTY on OAK-68-J.Veldheer, Offensive Holding, 10 yards
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer

In particular, the Raiders offensive line had 7 offensive holding penalties, one of which was declined. Discipline and technique went out the window for the Oakland offensive linemen.

 

Running Back Darren McFadden

Another rough week for the Oakland Raiders running back. McFadden carried the ball 27 times for 70 yards and one touchdown.

While it was great to see McFadden get into the end zone with 40 seconds left in the game, his 2.6 yards per carry are still well below what we expect from a stud like McFadden.

If he’s carrying the ball as often as he did in this game, a premier running back should have at least hit the century mark against the 28th-ranked Falcons rush defense, who have given up an average of 142.8 rushing yards a game.  

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