Hell, I knew we had trouble on our hands as soon as I read who TENN's backup was.
It was a cold September morning were me and my family witnessed a comeback of Ryan Fitzpatrick's after being up by 21 points at Halftime. He played for the Buffalo Bills then and was hot as the two Suns on Tattooine. He completed pass after pass, killing Corner after corner while killing our Zone/Man coverages. I remember it vividly..
it was my Birthday.
Fast forward to now. Some things never change. Our Secondary played like they had bricks tied to their feet. I expected more from guys like Charles Woodson and Tracy Porter, but they just didn't come through. As far as the Lord of the Sith is concerned, all of the DB's get the Bonehead award. (aka Jar Jar award)
and I believe that costed us any hope for the Playoffs.
It didn't help the Defense didn't get ANY pressure on Mr. Fitzpatrick the whole damn day. (Yes, I saw the 2 sacks by Nick Roach and Kevin Burnett but who cares). Where was the aggression? Where was the surprise blitzing element on that last Touchdown play? Where was the damn teeth??
You see the same guys making plays like Nick Roach, Kevin Burnett and my main man, Sio Moore..
but I just wish these guys had more shots at the QB- that might of been the difference.
We're currently ranked #8 at stopping the run.. but now, I think that fact is misleading.
When they see our coverage issues, the opposition simply concentrates more on the pass rather than the run.
How do we get it fixed? Find more pressure..
or find my Lightsaber to your throats, Coaches (:
My 2nd Jar Jar award goes to the Polish Cannon, Sebastion Janikowski. Two field goals were missed- that could of been the difference in the game. I have sources that tell me Sea Bass has griped about the holding before the kicks are executed. So if you see Marquette King, please tell him all of his holds looks like a Girl's hold on her Doll..
Give me a break, Sebastion. Yes, we know your long lost Love Shane Lechler has moved on to Houston..
so get over it!!
Dudes, it's not like you two knuckle heads don't have the time to go over it. You practice at kicking the damn ball!!! That's it!!!
Hell, maybe you should play more Golf with each other like in the old days with BFF Shane
I think you just set yourself up for failure.
Rookie Matt McGloin and the Coaches made good adjustments after the Defense swatted down a few passes in the first half. M an M had an ok day with 260 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. That interception also could of been the difference in the game.
I still think he deserves another shot at starting QB while TP recovers from his injury (sureeee it's still injured- wink) Rashad Jennings, you never cease to amaze me. 122 total yards were racked in and greatly appreciated by the Raider Nation. I'm now wondering if Darren McFadden will be listed as the #2 back when he comes back from injury (Should be by Thanksgiving....in 2015)
Fitzpatrick also threw a 54-yard TD pass to Justin Hunter and Rob Bironas added three field goals to give Tennessee (5-6) its second win in seven games. But despite the recent slump, the Titans find themselves in a six-way tie for the final playoff spot in the AFC."That would have been a big, big loss for us in terms of what the rest of the season was going to look like," Fitzpatrick said. "We knew this was a 'gotta-have-it' drive at the end of the game and the guys really stepped up."
"We knew going into this one, in our world it was a playoff game," coach Mike Munchak said. "We couldn't fall to 4-7, we knew that. I'm sure they felt the same way, so that was a huge drive."
After Bironas put Tennessee up 16-12 with his third field goal, Matt McGloin led the Raiders on a 75-yard scoring drive. He completed all four attempts and accounted for all but 1 yard on the drive, capping it with a 27-yard pass to Marcel Reece with 6:10 to play.
Fitzpatrick calmly moved Tennessee downfield, completing eight of 10 passes. Then facing third-and-goal from the 10, Fitzpatrick found Wright, who beatTracy Porter on an out pattern from the slot and fell into the end zone for the winning score.
The play flittingly came on third down, when Fitzpatrick was at his best on his 31st birthday. He converted 10 of 18 third downs in the game, often in long-yardage situations in his best game yet in place of the injured Jake Locker. He completed 30 of 42 passes for 320 yards -none bigger than the throw to Wright."Ryan made a great throw," Wright said. "All I had to do was look it in and get in the end zone. Before the start of that drive we said we weren't going to let Rob Bironas come out here and kick a field goal to tie it up. We wanted to go down there and score seven. We'd been in this predicament a lot this season where we had the ball and we couldn't finish. We finally put it together and finished today."
Hunter and Wright were his favorite targets, gaining 109 and 103 yards, respectively.
"They just out-executed us, plain and simple," Porter said. "Whether it was game plan, guys out of position on certain things, coverages, landmarks, we're supposed to get on the quarterback. We were just out-executed."
Fitzpatrick and the Titans capitalized on a blown assignment for the first touchdown of the game on the opening drive of the third quarter. Hunter was left wide open and caught a pass 17 yards downfield before juking Phillip Adams and Brandian Ross and racing to the end zone for the score that put Tennessee up 13-9.
The Raiders answered with a good drive before stalling at the 30. Janikowski missed his second field goal as his season-long struggles continue as he adjusts to new holder Marquette King after the departure of longtime mate Shane Lechler in the offseason.
McGloin, an undrafted rookie out of Penn State, put the Raiders in position for a second straight win after his three-touchdown, no-interception performance last week in Houston. He completed 19 of 32 passes for 260 yards to earn a third start Thursday in Dallas, but also threw an interception that set up Tennessee's second field goal.
It was an ugly first half that featured five field goals, a blocked punt, a missed chip shot, a number of dropped passes, a poorly thrown interception and 12 penalties for 135 yards."Up and down day," McGloin said. "You're going to have days like that. I thought we missed on a couple of opportunities offensively, but we'll go back to the drawing board.
The Raiders led 9-6 at the break, but could have had an even bigger advantage after Jeremy Stewartblocked Brett Kern's punt with 11 seconds left. McGloin threw a 23-yard pass to Rod Streater on the next play, but Janikowski pushed a 32-yard field goal wide left. That was his second miss from inside 40 yards this season after making 85 of 86 the previous five seasons.
"We're not making them, not consistently enough," Allen said. "We have to continue to work to get better there."
NOTES: The Titans had two 100-yard receivers and a 300-yard passer in the same game for the first time since Dec. 19, 2004, in a loss to Oakland. ...Raiders TE Mychal Rivera left in the first half with a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Titans S Michael Griffin. Oakland CB Mike Jenkins(concussion) and LB Kevin Burnett (bruised quad) and Tennessee TE Craig Stevens (concussion) also left with injuries.
Happy Thanksgiving Raider Nation!!! Let's make the Cowboys into a Turkey dinner! Yee Haw!!
Have a great week!