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Raiders week 4 Ballers & Busters: Part two

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Richard Heathcote

Now, the good part. Where we lay blame for that stink bomb the Raiders laid in London.


Jason Tarver, Dennis Allen

Oh, how unprepared this team was once again. The one statement that stuck out to me among those postgame was Antonio Smith who said when the Raiders thought pass, the Dolphins would run and when they thought run, they would pass. Proof yet again, the Raiders were outcoached.

The most specific example of that was the several times Dolphins would line up with three wide receivers on one side of the field and the Raiders would counter with two defensive backs. This was a tough bit of math so I had to get out my calculator. Let me see here... 3 wide receivers... 2 defensive backs... 3 - 2 = 1. So, if my calculations are correct, that leaves one more wide receiver than there were defensive backs to cover them. I was never much of a mathematician so those figures could be wrong, but let's say for the sake of argument, that equation is correct.

The first time we saw this alignment, it resulted in the Dolphins' first touchdown from 13 yards out. They simply threw to one of the receivers while the other two blocked and Voila! Touchdown.

The next touchdown was also wide open space on a run play because all the linebacker were in coverage. Nine yards to paydirt. The next time we saw two defensive backs on three wide receivers, it resulted in a 17-yard pick up and set up the Dolphins third touchdown. One more time we saw it, it resulted in a 6-yard gain. Dennis Allen lost his job after this game but really Jason Tarver should probably have followed him out the door.

Chimdi Chekwa

Burnt toast in this one. Brian Hartline had his number. On the Dolphins first touchdown drive, Chekwa gave up a 35-yard catch and a 16-yard catch on third and five. On the Dolphins first drive of the third quarter, he gave up a 14-yard catch on third and 12 and was called for holding on third and goal to put the Dolphins in first and goal at the 2-yard line. We saw a lot more of TJ Carrie after that.

Usama Young

While he is certainly no Brandian Ross, he is also no Tyvon Branch. He missed a tackle on the Dolphins first touchdown from 13 yards out. On two consecutive plays in the third quarter, he was late getting gover to give up an 18-yard quarterback run and a 20-yard run. Then to start the fourth quarter he gave up a 25-yard catch on third and 6.

Bojay Filimoeatu

He was blocked on a 15-yard run on the Dolphins second touchdown drive. On their next touchdown drive, he gave up a 17-yard catch and finished it off by letting the tight end get behind him for an 18-yard touchdown catch.

Stefen Wisniewski

Lands here for his low snap that was returned for a touchdown. It made an already ugly game into a laugher at 38-7 late in the third quarter. He also had a false start in this game which is rare for a center.

Donald Penn

On the Raiders first drive following their opening touchdown drive, Penn gave up a run stuff on third and one to force a punt. Later he gave up a big hit on McGloin just after he delivered the ball. And Penn ended the game when on fourth and six, he gave up a sack.

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