It was an ugly game to say the least, arguably the ugliest game the Raiders have played in 20 years. And that is saying a lot considering the years of futility in the last decade. It was the first game without starter Jason Campbell since breaking his collarbone, and his replacements threw six interceptions to help the Chiefs cruise to a 28-0 shutout victory.
There is not much that can be said about this game other than that. Six interceptions speak for themselves, plus the fact that two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns screams it.
But even in a game where the big mistakes are obvious, that still doesn't tell the whole story. There is credit to be handed out and blame to be spread around. That is what B&B is designed for, so let's get to work.
Darren McFadden went out with an injured foot early in this game and, as he has done so many times before, Bush came in and played well. Bush and the running game was the one part of this Raider offense that seemed to be functioning properly. He came in the game midway through the first quarter with the Raiders backed up against their own goal line. On his first carry he burst through to pick up 12 yards, giving the Raiders a first down and some breathing room. Near the end of the first quarter, the Raiders started what would be their only sustained drive of the game. The biggest chunk of yardage was on a 35 yard run by Bush that put the Raiders in first and goal at the five yard line. Unfortunately it ended with Bush getting stopped at the one on a direct snap. He continued to churn out the yards the rest of the game and finished with 99 yards on 17 carries.
Demarcus Van Dyke
This rookie is really coming into his own. Matt Cassel tried many times in this game to take advantage of the rookie, but the result was not in Cassel's favor. Van Dyke would finish with an interception, two passes defended, and four tackles with one being a tackle for loss. Cassel went at him immediately on the first drive, and on two passes Van Dyke had tight coverage to force incompletions both times. In the third quarter he had a tremendous drive. He had a pass defended, his tackle for loss, and finally his interception--all on that drive. Van Dyke gave up two catches on the day for 30 yards. He is playing so well, he may just keep the starting job when Chris Johnson returns from injury.
He came into the game just 4 catches and 21 yards away from reaching his entire receiving total from last season. He had a 14 yard catch. Then three plays later he laid a fine block on his defender to clear room for Michael Bush on a 35 yard scamper. Then just before halftime, DHB had his longest catch for 21 yards which gave him a new career high. He had three other catches in the game of 21, 18, and 15 yards. Yet again, he led the Raiders in receiving. After having surpassed his career high in receiving yards earlier in the game, with his final catch he also surpassed his career high in catches. He finished with five catches for 89 yards in the game. Next game he may just surpass his totals from his career prior to 2011.
He filled in for injured starter Rolando McClain and did a fantastic job by all accounts. He was third on the team with five combined tackles despite playing less than three quarters. He came out firing and on his first four plays he was either the primary tackler, in on the tackle, or contained the runner to allow his teammate to tackle. He had three combined tackles (1-2) on that series alone to stop the Chiefs in their tracks and force a punt. On the Chiefs' first drive of the second half he added two more tackles to lead all Raider linebackers for the game.
Another linebacker who did some good work in this game was Curry. His efforts earn him honorable mention after just his second game as a Raider since they acquired him in trade with the Seahawks. He started off with a run stuff for no gain on the Chiefs' second drive. Next drive he had containment on the edge to force the runner into a tackle for loss. On the Chiefs' first drive of the second half, he had two run tackles for short gains. He finished with four combined tackles (1-3), most of which came in the run game. He didn't have any standout plays or game-changers though, and he had a critical personal foul penalty in the third quarter that set the Chiefs up for their third touchdown of the day. That kind of play tainted an otherwise good performance from him.
Who didn't see this top Buster a mile away? He was downright disgustingly bad in this game. He threw three interceptions in the first half alone with one of those being returned for a touchdown—on his first pass of the day. So before he had a completion to any of his own players, he had a completion to a Chief defender and the Raiders were down 7-0. Next drive, on third and five, he scrambled right into a tackle for a three and out. Next drive lasted two plays, a run by Bush followed by Boller's second interception. At this point he was three for three—one pass for three yards and two interceptions. The Chiefs would take the short field from the turnover and convert for their second touchdown of the day. That was just in the first quarter.
He started the second quarter with an ugly execution of a fleaflicker that he overthrew incomplete. But thanks to a 35 yard run by Bush, the Raiders were in business at the five yard line. Then after two short runs, the Raiders were in third and goal at the one yard line. Boller was taken out of the game in favor of a wildcat direct snap that failed.
The next drive ended without a pass attempted for a three and out. The final drive of the first half featured a fumbled snap by Boller to get things started and ended when he threw a horrible interception right to the defender. Boller came back out to start the second half but a short incompletion, high incompletion, and dropped pass ended the possession and Boller's day.
Boller was so bad that Hue Jackson put Carson Palmer in the game despite having been with the team for just five days. If Boller had played like someone who deserved to wear an NFL uniform, Palmer would not have played in this game. So Boller is also to blame for the three interceptions that Palmer threw as well.
Right off the top, why is Boller on this team? Jackson is a quarterback guru, is he not? How could he not see that Boller was this bad? OR how is it that Boller was so ill-prepared to step in as the starter? Boller was the obvious choice to start because one would think that after spending camp, preseason, and the last six games of the regular season on the team he would know the offense. He didn't appear to have any idea what he was doing out there.
In this game specifically, Hue seemed to out-think himself. One minute it seemed he didn't trust Boller at all, and then suddenly he would call a play that showed he trusted him far too much. All week Hue insisted that we not overlook the possibility that Terrelle Pryor could see action. He felt the need to prove that he was serious very early on. He sent Pryor out there on the third play of the game. It was third and one and Pryor came out to execute a quarterback sneak. But Pryor was leaning before the snap of the ball and was called for an illegal shift. Now instead of third and one, it was third and six. Hue called for Boller to go to the air and he threw the interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Next Raider possession the Raiders were backed up against their own goal line. But after a nice 12 yard run from Bush they were in a better position at the 14 yard line. So Hue called for Boller to throw a long ball that was intercepted. It gave the Chiefs a short field and they took it for a second touchdown.
Next drive he called for a fleaflicker which Boller botched. Then to end the drive, he lined up in a wildcat formation on third and one with Michael Bush in the backfield. This shows how little he trusted Boller to execute the play. The Chiefs were caught off guard and called a timeout. But instead of changing the play call, he went right back to the same exact thing. The Chiefs, having taken a timeout to adjust personnel and such, stuffed Bush at the line to hold the Raiders out of the endzone.
Later he called for another fleaflicker that Boller botched again. After that series, he put in Carson Palmer. Why he didn't just make the decision to put Palmer in at halftime is beyond me. Instead Palmer was in a ball cap on the sideline not warming up and with no idea he would be entering the game. If he had been notified at halftime he may have been able to get himself more prepared. But instead it was, "Here's a helmet, big guy. Get in there and bring us back from a 21-0 deficit." As if the pressure of playing after just five days with the team wasn't enough. The result was three interceptions of his own including one returned for a touchdown.
It seems Hue was so caught up in all the attention he was getting all week he forgot he needed to prepare his team to play. And he chose to get cute with fleaflickers and wildcat formations instead of keeping it simple for your backup who has seen 2% of the snaps by his own admission, and his brand new, completely unready quarterback. What a disgusting display.
Moore was targeted five times in this game and had just one catch for five yards. Two of the other targets resulted in interceptions. The first of those interceptions, Moore dropped the pass and tipped it up in the air where the defender had time to pluck it out of the air. The second interception Moore fell down on his route and Brandon Flowers took it 58 yards for a touchdown. Denarius' first mistakes came in the return game. The second time he was back to field a punt, he didn't call for a fair catch though the ball hit at around the 15 yard line. It then bounced toward the goal line and was downed at the two yard line. Later another KC punt was downed at the two yard line. Being partially responsible for two interceptions and two times backed up to your own goal line is not a good day.
On the Chiefs' first scoring drive, Huff gave up an eight yard catch on third and seven. Then three plays later he gave up a catch and missed the tackle, and it was taken for 19 yards to the Raiders' 16 yard line. The Chiefs scored two plays later. On the Chiefs' other scoring drive in the third quarter, Huff had a facemask penalty that set the Chiefs up inside Raider territory. Those three plays were the most critical mistakes on both of the Chiefs' only two scoring drives of the day.
I will admit I have not given Veldheer enough credit for his play this season--not intentionally, but I have not recognized his fine play quite as much as he has deserved. He has not given up a sack and that is tremendous. While he continued that streak in this game, he also had three big penalties, two on consecutive plays. In the second quarter with the Raiders desperate for a spark, Veldheer had a false start penalty followed by an illegal downfield penalty. Boller was sacked on the next play, and facing third and 28, the Raiders were unable to convert. Then in the fourth quarter, he was called for holding on the first play of the drive and it ended with a Palmer interception returned for a touchdown.
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first of all, what happened between jackson and haley? a guy at work mentioned it to me. now to the game, too much worrying about hiding who the q.b. was gonna be (jackson) he lost the gameplan to beat them. mcfadden going down early didn't help cause he lovbes the chiefs terrible d. palmer should get honorable mention for even coming in and trying to save that train wreck out there on the field! we just need to get healthy and palmer up to speed, glad some receivers are staying back from chillin and helping him and themselves for a matter of fact. one thing i liked about hues press conference was when he said we'll see them again! congrats to dhb for slowly getting the haters off his back!
The one positive I take from this game is that when you look at it, 21 of the Chiefes points came from turnovers. Granted, one of them had to go a lttle distance after the intereception, but it was a short field. Take away the turnovers, and this was a one score game. In fact, if we could have been able to avoid the turnovers, maybe we could have gotten a score ourselves. The Chiefs didn't win this, the Raiders lost it. The defense did hold its own for the most part.
With DMac back after the bye, we should be back in business. And if Palmer can regain any of his old form, that will add a whole new dimension to this offense that Campbell could not deliver. Don't get me wrong, Campbell is a good game manager, but he never had the ability to carry the team on his back, if needed. Palmer has that ability. The quesiton is, can he develop the chemistry with the team mid-way throught he season.
You know, I always try and get a few positives out of every game.
Again, it has to be Heyward Bey. He could very well end up with 1'000 yards and 60-70 this season. He's really developed a lot in the last 12 months, and is really looking like a top NFL receiver.
You know, he's matching everything Maclin is doing this year, and surpassing Harvin, Crabtree, and a lot of the guys the people were saying we were stupid not to pick.
All adding to the legacy of Big Al. People aren't laughing as hard now at his last few drafts
Got an interesting story about Boller actually.
Al Davis absolutely hated him. Thought he was a horrible, horrible player. A friend of mine (a blogger) was at a training camp, when Hue was Offensive Coordinator (his first year when he brought Boller over).
He said Al Davis said to the beat reporters he was chatting to on the sideline, as he was watching him throw - "this kid just can't play football".
In fact, it very nearly cost Hue the head coaching gig. Apparently Al was slightly reluctant to hand it to him, as he thought his talent evaluation was awful. He was very concerned, basically, that Hue thought Boller was an NFL level QB, and had convinced him to bring him on to the roster!
You know, that's the problem. Hue got the gig, on the basis that Big Al was in charge of every personnel decision. Al liked him as a coach, but hated him in regards to talent evaluation, scouting, and general manager duties.
Luckily for us, Al also loved Carson Palmer, so I don't think we have a problem there. But, I think the sooner we get a general manager in the better.
Al gave Hue Jackson the Boller signing, as an act of good will. As a sweetner to get him into the role. Al hated the guy. He watched 2 minutes of his first practice, and immediately evaluated that the guy is not anything close to NFL quality
The annoying thing was, Kansas City were horrible on offense themselves! Cassel played a crappy game. 2 picks. They didn't rush it that well until the end of the game.
You know, 14 of their points were down to our lousy QB play. Sorry, if Campbell was playing we'd have won that game quite easily.
But you know the phrase "could have, would have, should have "are the last words of a fool".................You can't blame extenuating circumstances. You've just got to accept that the team weren't good enough on the day.
Again, I do blame Hue on this. The entire week was shambolic. Boller didn't even know he was starting until Saturday, and was splitting reps all week in training.
Truth is, Boller should have known on Wednesday, and should have been getting all the reps, and they should have been building a game plan around his weaknesses..............Instead the guys throwing flea flickers, and having to make tough throws from the off.
Minnesota won 13 games with Gus Ferrotte.............You know, you can still dominate games, and win them, as long as you have a game plan to hide your crappy QB. Hue should have been smart enough to go into this game with a plan.
I can't blame Palmer too much. 2 of the 3 picks were receiver errors. And the only guy who could catch a ball all day was, ironically, Heyward Bey. Everyone else was dropping it.
You know, the team just need to forget about it. Bad day at the office. Regroup, have a good 2 weeks of practice, and come out firing on all cylinders against Denver.
I'm beginning to think Curry could be an absolute bargin.. If the other players in the defence could have picked up the ball in the Endzone when it was rolling around, it was Curry who put the hit on the defender which would have resulted in a fumble recovery should we have picked it up...
I don't know what he did wrong at the Seahawks but he is so much better than the 7th round pick they rated him at.
I am still in total shock about the Raider loss. I did not see this happening, nor could EVER imagine seeing this happening. The Raiders will beat the Chiefs 9 times out of 10, but unfortunately, the Raiders played horrific football and gave the Chiefs this one. Next time, when these two teams meet, the Raiders will win handily. That will be a sure bet!!!
The bye week will definitely help Carson Palmer. I am not discouraged by his performance, as he has only one week of practice under his belt since last year, so it will take some time. Carson is a great player and will be a fantastic quarterback for the Raiders. He is just way too talented a player not to be...
"What a disgusting display". Thanks for not pulling the punches ! HJ really WAS horrible. It feels to me like he is a teenager allowed to stay home on his own for the first time by his parents. He needs to learn some control. When Al was here that control was in place. Now ? Im not so sure.
Congrats on finding so many Ballers though ! Tough job.
Im liking what I see of Aaron Curry (I keep wanting to write "Wallace" !!!) too ...
Veldheer did struggle, but that DE of theirs is a beast, and the struggle was predictable ... again, if Hue had been on top of things, he might have worked on giving Veldheer some cover in the lead up to the game ... instead of practicing trick plays ...
Overall the DE/DT grouping did pretty well ... the run was shut down and Cassel was harried quite a bit (although I dont think we got a sack)
@massillonraider Actually I bent my own rules a bit by not putting Palmer as a Buster for this game. B&B is designed to not take any extenuating circumstances into consideration. But to simply point out why the team lost. Palmer's three interceptions are a big reason. But since Boller is the reason Palmer was even playing and Jackson mishandled the whole situation, I place more of the blame on them and give Palmer a pass.
@ChristopherMooney...I agree on DHB looking better ach game. However, I'd like to see him begin taking more to the house...too many catches and yards with no TDs.
@ChristopherMooney I read/heard this as well... it is quite interesting and almost goes to show the power of HJ as he managed to have it his way, despite Al hating Boller... Admittedly, I now wish Al had been stronger on this. However, i wouldn't let this story dampen peoples opinions on HJ.
This, we have to remember is HJ first ever year as a HC. I think, and I could be wrong, every other coach in the league has has experience at being a HC even if it is at college level and now with Al gone, no GM so much is falling on his shoulders I think it showed last Sunday in the KC game, as he was terrible but he'll learn and you know what. I'd much rather have our brand of (at the moment 4-3) winning football than anyone elses in the league.
I honestly think, the most important thing for The Raiders to do in the next 2 weeks, is appoint a GM. So HJ can concentrate 100% on coaching this team.... because, that is what he is best at.
@ukraider78 FYI, that was not ruled a forced fumble by Curry. Even if the Raiders had recovered, they ruled McClain had crossed the goal line prior to the ball coming out.
@ukraider78 Nothing like getting a second chance to get the fire back in your belly and prove yourself again.
Seahawks essentially cut him, as they were paying him top 5 money. And if you draft a guy top 5, at linebacker, and pay him top 5 money, the guy basically has to play like Von Miller, or Clay Mathews to earn his money. Just be an every down, impact, game changer.
They didn't cut him because he couldn't play. He just wasn't the player they drafted him to be.
You know, put that down to bad scouting. It's not his fault they thought he was something he wasn't.
My point is, the guy may not be top 5 talent, but he's probably top 32 talent still. He'd still go in the first round, even after scouts have seen him in the NFL.
What I'm saying is, the guy can really run, really tackle, and has a real nose for the ball. Especially against the run. You know, that's a good player to have
@Spartacus Looking forward to the rematch. I have a son stationed nearby KC at Ft Leavenworth and may go visit him so we can both make the game. He was there last year repping Raider nation when we went in and stomped the Chiefs at home.
@oaklandraider Too little preparation spent on game plan, a few injuries, costly turnovers and stupid penalties all combined to make this an embarrasing loss. With two weeks to prepare for Denver and a motive to redeem themselves as being worthy, I see the Raiders being ready to roll the rest of the season.
Yeah, I've said the same thing myself to friends. The guy's playing as a good possession receiver at this time.
But you know, he's 6'2, 215 pounds, and runs a 4.25 forty.................The next step is developing into maybe what Dez Bryant is doing in Dallas. As in, being a real 1 on 1, and red zone threat.
You know, you fling a ball up to that guy, and he usually gets it whether he's covered or not. DHB, at the minute, is only really making catches when he gets good seperation.
Here's hoping he can move on again maybe next year, to that
Yeah, I agree. As I said, Hue was hired, on the theory that he'd have next to no input on personnel issues. On the basis that Al had total control, and the last word, on almost everything.
Hue's obviously a great coach, tactician, motivator. But you know, so was Josh McDaniels. And we all saw what happens when you give guys who can't handle it, too much power!
From what i could see, they didnt even review it, which of course they should on scoring drives. I suppose as the Chiefs recovered it didnt make a difference.. it was still 6 extra points.
From looking at the reply, I am 100% sure that McClain was not in control of the ball prior to crossing the goal line and that Curry had caused it. I know what the ruling says and what will go down in the history books as a TD to McClain but it wasn't... it was a TD to the Chiefs player who jumped on it.
@ChristopherMooney This, is one of the better things about HJ and why I think in the long run we'll be very good under his leadership.
The Seahawks, like the Bronco's with Moss persisted in trying to play a player the way they wanted him to play and not how he is best in playing. HJ is the other way round. What are you good at, ok, we'll do that. Looking at Dmac, DHB, Reece just to name a few before.They love playing for him/us as they enjoy it.
The lack of game plan killed them.
They should have gone into the game, looking to pass it maybe 25 times. You know, telling Boller "just go out and make 15 completions for us".
You know, they passed it nearly 40 times..............!
Think it was 38 pass attempts to 26 rush attempts............!
You know, that's OK if you're Tom Brady. But if you're the number 2 rushing team, with a backup in the side, you want it to be the other way around!
Granted, they were chasing the game, but as I said, the lack of game plan put them in that position.
You know, I'd have been happy if Boller didn't even attempt a pass for the first 2-3 series. We may not have got any points, but we'd sure as hell not be 14 down, and we'd be winning the field position battle.
That was one of the main problems. Every first down we had was from inside the 10. Everyone they had was from the half way line!
Just lack of game plan.
Hue should have set the team up to win the field position battle. Make them drive 80 yards every time they wanted to score.
Lots of rushing, and quality special teams play. Not attempting 40 passes a game!
@ukraider78 ... who was "Asamoa" or something close that ... I remember thinking ... "REALLY ?!?!?!" now that is just rubbing it in ... sigh
Your right. It's a real strength. As you put it, it's more "what can they do", as opposed to "what can't they do".
You know, Reece didn't get a break, as they didn't consider him an elite blocker. But Hue/Als thought process was basically:
"Yeah, but he's a decent blocker..............who also happens to have elite hands, and running back speed!"