The Raiders fell to the Kansas City Chiefs this afternoon, their first loss at Arrowhead stadium in six years, as the Chiefs defense overwhelmed the Raiders’ patchwork offensive line.
The Raiders came into game missing their starting left tackle (Jared Veldheer) and center (Stefen Wisniewski) to injury and during the course of the game they also lost their 2nd team center (Andre Gurode) and right tackle (Tony Pashos).
By the end of the game, the Raiders had a completely retooled offensive line in which most every player was playing at a spot other than their best position – LT was manned by RT Khalif Barnes, LG was manned by Lucas Nix who is probably better at RG, C was manned by Mike Brisiel who is the team’s starting RG, RG was manned by backup Lamar Mady and RT was manned by backup tackle Matt McCants.
The result of so much shifting and replacing was a terrible game by the offensive line. Not only were there poor running lanes but Terrelle Pryor – one of the biggest, strongest and fastest QBs in the NFL – was sacked an NFL record-tying 10 times.
Pryor was also picked off 3 times, making this by far his worst outing in the NFL. However, it was clear that Pryor lost the confidence of his starting lineup as the hits and pressures kept on coming and he was trying to do too much by the end of the game.
The Raiders further struggled with penalties, getting flagged 11 times for 68 yards, many of which were false starts on the offensive line that struggled with the loud Kansas City crowd much of the game. In fact, the Chiefs fans were trying to – and, according to the team’s twitter feed – succeeded in setting a world record for the loudest outdoor stadium with Guinness officials present to confirm.
Perhaps nothing summed up the afternoon more than a combination of false starts and sacks that, at one point, gave the Raiders a 3rd down and 48. Terrelle Pryor had to throw the ball away after almost getting sacked on the 3rd down play, as well. The resulting punt didn’t even get to the first down marker – that’s how far back the Raiders offense was pushed back.
The loss dropped the Raiders to 2-4 on the year and they limp into the bye week and hope to get healthy. The Raiders will use the next week to try to get their offensive line healthy.
The Raiders play the Steelers at home after their bye. The Steelers got their first win, today, and are definitely a beatable team. The Raiders then play host to the mediocre Eagles, who are 3-3 after beating winless Tampa Bay today, giving the Silver and Black back to back games at O.Co Coliseum against the Pennsylvania teams.
After that, the Raiders go on the road to play the still winless Giants and the struggling Houston Texans before coming back home. All four of these games are winnable and the Raiders need to use this bye week to help springboard themselves into the best position to take advantage of this section of their schedule.
Well first off - glad the board is still alive. Welcome back.
Disappointing game for us. The injuries were a big factor - but no the only one. We were in the game and outplaying them right up to the first lame duck INT - which looked like Pryor threw out of frustration. He's still having problems with his decision making - he took an earlier sack could have easily have been avoided by ditching the ball in the stands. Once the O-line fell apart, he was getting a lot more pressure - but he didn't help himself by continually retreating backwards. I think if you review the film - you'll see at least a few of those sacks might have been avoided by simply stepping up in the pocket instead of running back out of it and directly into the hands of defenders. By the end he was rattled and more or less reverted to his college skill set. I was kind of surprised they sent him back in after the 3rd INT. At that point, his confidence was totally destroyed - just let Flynn ride out that last futile series and protect your QB's psyche.
The play calling didn't help either. Holy cow - how many times does Olsen need to see DMC straight up the middle on first down to realize it aint working? And because we NEVER threw it deep - or even attempted to (until it didn't matter) - the Chiefs were putting 8-10 guys on the line from the middle of the second quarter on. When you're only playing 10 yards deep on offense - the defense is only worried about those 10 yards. Why was Olsen making it so easy for KC? We need more creativity in all 3 phases of the game - like the reverse on the kick off. We're a 2-4 team - we have nothing to lose here. Crack open the playbook - especially on first down. Do on onside kick for the kickoff or to open the second half. A double reverse flea flicker - a hook and trail. Do something crazy - IT DOES NOT MATTER at this point in our development as a team. Somehow you need to put some fear in the defense and make them respect their assignments instead of cheating up the entire game because they know we're handing off on EVERY first down.
Last point - the refs. There were at least 3 totally unbelievable calls for me and the entire game was called MUCH tighter against the Raiders than it was against the Chiefs. 11 flags to 4 in a game that was - at least until the middle of the 3rd quarter - very tight and evenly played. The horse collar non-call was especially ridiculous - a penalty that is virtually impossible to miss.
ANyway - glad your back, Asher.