The most weakest of the weak Sunday? It's an easy guess. I realize it, you might realize, but for some reason, others still don't get it..
The Defensive Coaching and Secondary were horrible yesterday..plain and simple.
Hell, I might throw in the front seven, but I'm not. Despite the lack of a good team pass rush, Tommy Kelly was aces in that sequence where he stripped the ball cleanly. Aaron Curry picked up the pig for a well deserved Touchdown for a THIRTEEN point lead going into the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
We all cheered, shouted at the top of all our lungs and started imagining playoff match-ups in the near future..
Until what happened, happened..
I'll tell you what, Oakland. Mr. Calvin Johnson Jr. will not be forgotten in the Coliseum anytime soon. Not since the great Barry Sanders have I seen a Lion player that was worth the amount of attention this guy received.
Today, I'm hating the fact that he deserves all of his accolades. There wasn't one man on our defense that could handle the infamous "Megatron". I thought Stanford Routt might have had a shot, since he is presumed by many as the best Raider defensive back, but no...
he didn't have a chance in Hell. It seemed like the only time he did do well was when he held and pulled Johnson on a few post routes..
(sigh) boy, did that cost us (a costly penalty that put the Lions in scoring position).
Yard, after yard, TD after TD, that long, Gumby bastard killed us.
Many wished our defensive unit could of received some help from our play callers, but it's easy to make an argument of Coach vs Players these days.
With that being said, maybe if Coach Chuck Bresnahan called the right defensive formation down the stretch, it might of caused a different outcome. In retrospect, the Raider Nation will always look upon that 4th Quarter catch with only one simple thought:
"What in the bloody Hell was Rolando McClain doing covering Calvin Johnson on that 48 yard catch?"
If you're a scheme guy, you're also wondering why would you call a Cover 2 when you're in a prevent score situation with less than two minutes to play?
These kind of thoughts will keep the Lord of the Sith and the Raider Nation up at night if we don't make the playoffs.
I think after this disastrous display of Defense, the fate of our Defensive Coordinator was sealed. I sense anger from the Davis family and expect there to be changes for him AND
possibly our Head Coach next season if we don't see any progress soon..
like uh, REAL SOON (tomorrow soon perhaps).
MVJs (Most Valuable Jedis)
Palmer 32/40 367 yards and DHB 8 catches for 155 yards
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ndamukong Suh reached his right arm out to block a game-winning field-goal attempt, hurled his helmet about 20 yards and let out a loud scream in celebration.
What a difference from the way his last game ended.
Suh provided the perfect exclamation point in his return from a two-game NFL suspension by sealing a thrilling comeback by Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions, who rallied to beat the Oakland Raiders 28-27 on Sunday.
"For me, it's just a great opportunity to be on the football field," Suh said. "That's just the things that I expect out of myself. I can't do it by myself. I continue to have great players around me to have me make great plays, as well."
None more than Stafford and Calvin Johnson.
Stafford threw a 6-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson with 39 seconds remaining to cap a 98-yard scoring drive that helped the Lions (9-5) take a two-game lead in the NFC wild-card race.
The Raiders (7-7) appeared to be in control of the game when Aaron Curry returned a fumble 6 yards for a touchdown to make it 27-14 with 7:47 remaining. But Stafford engineered two long scoring drives in the final minutes to give the Lions their first lead of the game.
Stafford completed 29 of 52 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He completed nine for 214 yards to Johnson, who ended a five-game drought with no 100-yard receiving games and only one touchdown.
"He was due for one of those, and I'm glad it happened," Stafford said. "I'm just proud of our team. We stuck together. We could have easily folded right after I fumbled that ball and they scored. Guys rallied around each other, defense did a great job of getting us the ball back on offense, and we went down and put the dagger in there."
Stafford and Johnson connected on a 21-yarder and a 48-yarder on the winning drive that started at the Detroit 2 with 2:14 to play and the Lions out of timeouts.
They also connected on a 51-yard scoring play in the first quarter, but they had to sweat out the closing seconds as Carson Palmer got the Raiders to the Detroit 47 with 4 seconds to play.
But Suh got his right thumb on the 65-yard attempt to end the game. He threw his helmet and ran down the field in celebration, providing a loud finish to an otherwise quiet day for the defensive tackle in his first game back since serving a suspension for stepping on the right arm of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during a loss on Thanksgiving.
Suh once again apologized for the play, saying he has talked to Dietrich-Smith since then.
"The biggest thing for me is I've dealt with it and I'm moving past it," he said. "I'm happy to be back on the field with my team."
So are the Lions, who can make the playoffs for the first time since 1999 by winning one of their final two games. They host the San Diego Chargers on Saturday.
"It's a dream scenario," Detroit defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said. "Christmas Eve we've got a home game. It would be nice. You couldn't write a better story. We're excited about this opportunity."
The Raiders (7-7) have lost three in a row and will need help to end their eight-year playoff drought. Oakland trails the Denver Broncos by one game in the AFC West and also is a game behind the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals in the wild-card race.
"It's probably one of the worst things that happened since I've been here," Raiders third-year safety Mike Mitchell said. "To be winning like we were winning and then just not being able to close. ... That definitely hurts especially because we knew how important this game was."
Sebastian Janikowski, who tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal in the season opener at Denver, couldn't get the ball past the line as Suh blocked it to end the game.
Palmer finished 32-of-40 passing for 367 yards and a touchdown to Darrius Heyward-Bey, who had eight catches for a career-high 155 yards. But Palmer also slightly overthrew Chaz Schilens on a third-down pass just before the two-minute warning after Stafford's TD pass to Titus Young cut Oakland's lead to 27-21.
"Very demoralizing," Palmer said. "We had chances to close them out and a chance to put them away there and just didn't make enough plays when it came down to it."
Stafford did. He got the Lions' final drive started with an 8-yard completion to Nate Burleson on third-and-2, then Johnson made an acrobatic 21-yard catch on the sideline. Johnson then beat the Raiders deep for the 48-yarder and drew a pass-interference penalty from Stanford Routt at the 6 to set up the touchdown.
"The disappointing part is their best player, he won the game for them," Raiders coach Hue Jackson said. "Between the quarterback and Calvin Johnson, 214 yards and two touchdowns, that's how you lose. It's very frustrating."
The game was tight for most of the second half until the Raiders scored 10 points in a 25-second span in the fourth quarter to take a 27-14 lead. Janikowski kicked his second field goal of the game, a 51-yarder, for the first points of the second half to make it 20-14.
Three plays later, Stafford dropped back to pass deep in his territory and was stripped by Tommy Kelly on a sack. Curry scooped up the ball at the 6 and rambled his way into the end zone for the score.
The teams combined for three long TD passes in the first half with Johnson getting a 51-yarder and Nate Burleson adding a 39-yarder for Detroit around Heyward-Bey's 43-yard catch.
Oakland also scored on Louis Murphy's 12-yard reverse and a 46-yard field goal on the final play of the half to go up 17-14.
Notes: Johnson's 214 receiving yards are the second most ever by a Lions player, trailing Richard Johnson's 248 against the New Orleans Saints in 1989. It was the second most ever against the Raiders, trailing Don Maynard's 228 for the Jets in the Heidi Game in 1968.
So that's the story, Nation. We have two games to go with playoff hopes still lingering..
How will our players react? Have they closed shop or are they willing to fight until they're bleeding and can't stand straight?
Let's hope they simply play to win with passion next week against the Chiefs. We owe them some damn payback...GET SOME!!!!!
Have a wonderful Christmas. Nation.
ps Thank you Oakland Coliseum for honoring me with my own continuing montage.
Words can not express what this means to me and I will always love you until the day I die, big O. Go Raiders for life..
-Lord of the Sith, Master of all Evil, Darth Raider