Raiders-Broncos: Thoughts on Week Three vs. Denver
It is what it is.
The Raiders simply didn't come to play. Although the score was only 13-3 at half, and Oakland had chance after chance to put something together, the Raiders offense never showed up.
In all my years of going to Raiders games, I never saw such a dull crowd. It was anything but a hostile environment. You could go back to even worse losses by bigger numbers and still find better Raiders crowds than that.
It wasn't a sellout, it wasn't on TV, and it's a good thing because it was an ugly game. Fans screamed and chanted at the top of their lungs "Russell Sucks, Russell Sucks, Russell Sucks" and booed him every time he took the field.
Although Russell is a major problem in the success of the offense, the whole group played badly. The Raiders will never be solid until they fix their offense and are able to score points.
The offense is there to pump up the crowd. When we score everyone is cheering and fired up so that once the defense comes on the field the place is loud.
Instead we have a very bad offense who can't score, fans aren't going to go from booing to cheering, and after a while it gets old.
When tickets cost what they do, the Oakland Raiders will see a lot more blackouts this season if they keep playing like they did this Sunday.
Darren McFadden was turning the ball over left and right, Michael Bush never really got going, and Justin Fargas was a non factor.
Heyward-Bey is still trying to learn that fans expect the world from this guy when it just isn't the case. Louis Murphy is decent but Russell misses him too many times. Zach Miller doesn't get the ball, and Watkins and the other WR's are just non-factors.
The offensive line doesn't get enough blame for their play as well.
Erik Pears, Chris Morris, Cooper Carlisle, Cornell Green: All of these are pretty bad, and probably couldn't start on any other team in the NFL. Their pass-blocking skills are garbage; Russell has no time in the pocket to even think.
All this and I haven't even touched the play calling of Tom Cable or the coaching staff as a whole.
It's just a bad effort by the whole team. I hate to just sit here and point the finger at one person (Russell), but when you have 53 players and a coaching staff who have a whole week to prepare and a whole offseason to get ready, there is no reason to be playing like we are.
As for the Denver Horses, I mean Denver Broncos, you can take nothing away from them, as they had to do very little to win this game. The Raiders played just like they did last week vs. Kansas City.
Buckhalter and Moreno had great games and are a better duo than I thought, although the Raiders aren't the greatest measuring stick in the NFL.
What Denver did well this week was use the slot receiver in Marshall and Gaffney. Denver only had 13 completions, and the Raiders defense was never able to adjust.
Now in the NFL you must make adjustments during the game. Not only did the Raiders fail to make adjustments in the middle of the game, but also at halftime.
Going into half it was only 13-3, yet on the opening drive the Raiders let the Broncos drive all the way down the field to make it 20-3.
The worst part of the game for me is when the Raiders forced a turnover in the Broncos' redzone. Any other team in the NFL would have taken that gift and turned it into points.
The game could have been 20-10 with five minutes left in the third quarter. Instead Darren McFadden fumbled, and once again the Raiders offense continued to struggle.
I will give the Broncos defense their credit. They have played solidly for three weeks in a row. Even though the season is young, they have handled business. JaMarcus Russell was forcing the most garbage passes into their secondary.
I will say this: You guys can be all happy about this win, but the big picture is it's only one game and not the season.
Just like last season you guys were able to win big in Oakland and later in the year we finally got things together and were able to beat you in Denver.
Don't get to cocky because we still get another chance at ya'll, however, it is what it is, and we got beat.
Denver won, but we'll be back.
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