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Red Zone Redeemer For the Oakland Raiders Will Be...

 

I watched the majority of the Oak - KC horror show with curious observations.  The penalties and the poor QB play were expected considering the lack of first team reps but most noticeably lack of accuracy and skill from our starter in particular.  If not for two noticeable plays on offense and defense the Raiders had a chance to make a game of it.  The two that stand out were the fumble at the goal line in which KC's Jon Asamoah jumped on that could have given us the ball at the 20 down only 7-0 but instead put us in a 14-0 hole with Kyle Boller forced to throw, yikes. The other was the 4th down play at the 1 following 3 consecutive hand offs to Mike Bush inside the 5 yard line.  The fumble is forgivable considering we probably didn't have a shot at the ball but the goal line futility really ate at me even after the game even more than if possible the six interceptions.  It begs the question; who will step up as a red zone receiving threat for the Raiders offense?

This offense for all its talent and play-makers does not have a legit red zone receiving threat since Zach Miller left and Hue Jackson's lack of innovation in his play calling this past Sunday reflected as such.  I understood the three straight run plays but on 4th down and the formation with Bush lined up at QB with Boller on the side line was sadly predictable.  What makes it worse was the fact they lined up, KC called a TO and then they lined up in the exact same formation afterwards again.  The play was doomed from the start. 

I will give Hue the benefit of the doubt as he has shown he is a brilliant play caller making more with similar personnel that Tom Cable and his predecessors couldn't even sniff the end zone with.  It seems more like either he doesn't trust our options.  For as improved as DHB is he only has one TD on the year from 35 yards out.  Our only tight end receiving TD is on a fake FG for a guy that is being paid $4 million per year to make us forget all about Zach Miller.   Is the answer simply our everything factor back Marcel Reece or Darren McFadden's ability to make a dump off into a great run after the catch opportunity?  The difference between thinking about next year and a return to the post season may be the answer to this current problem.

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