Perhaps the only big play from Oakland’s week 4 loss to Denver was a 37 yard pass and catch from Palmer to second year receiver Denarius Moore.
The play looked to be the result of an audible call from Palmer at the line and the long completion got the Raiders into position to make a field goal at the end of the half – the last points they’d score in the extremely lopsided game.
The Raiders came out in a run formation with two wide receivers, Derek Hagan and Moore, a TE, FB and RB.
The Raiders looked likely to be running to the right side – where Hagan was the receiver but not in wide position – because they were in an offset I to the strong side (the strong side is where the TE is lined up).
In the backfield were McFadden and Reece with Palmer directly under center. TE Brandon Myers was in the strong side slot between RT Willie Smith and Derek Hagan.
The Denver defense was in a 3-4 combination with 6 in the box (the box is the space between the tackles). They had the 3 down lineman and the LBs were shifted to the strong side with the strong-side OLB lined up versus Myers in the slot.
Denver’s SS had come down for run support on the strong side as the indication, again, was the Raiders would be trying a strong side run. The FS was back and between the hashmarks so the Broncos were in a man cover-1 formation. Man, meaning that the DBs were matched up 1-1 on the receivers and backs and there was one safety back deep.no comments