Raider Nation: Learn From Mistakes and Build On The Positives.
1. Run Defense: If the defenses goal was to improve in stopping the run they are not close to achieving this goal. They have allowed 634 yards rushing in the preseason games.
2. Run Offense: This whole season there has been excitement around our three headed monster we have at running back, Darren Mcfadden, Michael Bush and Justin Fargas. Our running game was not supposed to be a weakness, but teams are taking that away from us thus far in the preseason. We've averaged less than 100 yards per game. Only vs the Cowboys were we able to eclipse the 100 yard mark. The other two games we have not broke 70 rushing yards.
3. Passing Defense: This is supposed to be one of our strengths, but the Saints made the Raiders secondary look like a high school team's JV sqaud today. They converted on what seemed like every third down. On the 2nd to last play of the first half they almost let the Saints have a touchdown, luckily the guy dropped it. Chris Johnson looks good, and you know Nnamdi Asomugha can play, but the depth is something to worry about.
4. Lack of Pressure: I haven't seen the pressure I had expected thus far from the Raiders D, but perhaps they are hiding it from the competition.
5. Young WR's: Its hard to find a Darrius Heyward-Bey sighting now a days, and Louis Murphy is getting a lot of balls, he is just having trouble hanging on to them. There are a lot of dropped passes that need to be caught by players in this league.
After a loss, no matter how bad, you always have to look at the positives as well.
1. Jamarcus Russell: You can't blame this one on Russell. He played well, going 12 for 18 with 3 dropped passes from his wideouts. He did fumble the ball on one occasion, but for the most part he continues to play well this preseason. He is 25-38 with 1 TD and no INT's. His completion percentage is at 65%, and he is getting rid of the ball a lot quicker when he reads the blitz. This 24 year old star is making big strides.
2. Michael Huff: He is playing solid this preseason. It is encouraging to watch this former 7th overall pick play ball like he should.
3. Louis Murphy: Ok, he is having troubles holding on to the ball now. That is ok, he is a rookie and it is the Preseason, but this kid is emerging as the go to WR now that Schillens is out for a month or two. His confidence will grow and he will learn from his mistakes. That is what champions do, he came from Florida so he has the pedigree. When Schillens gets back, Russell will have Miller, Mcfadden, Murphy and Heyward-Bey to throw to.
4. Darrius Heyward-Bey: I said it when the Raiders drafted him. They don't need him to be Randy Moss. If you watch the game closely, you can see teams are double covering him. The are respecting his speed and watching him over the top. This is allowing Murphy and Miller to get that one on one coverage all day. Though he hasn't made the big impact yet with the ball, he is doing things without the ball. He is spreading the field and drawing attention with his speed.
All in all, this was an embarrassing game for the Oakland Raiders. You don't lose by 38 points at home. It doesn't matter if it is the preseason. You take this game and learn from all the mistakes, so there should be a lot of learning to do. There are a lot of positives that they can build on. So learn and build from this game and move on to the next one. Get these games out of the way now, because September 14th starts the games that matter.
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