After a pretty sizable list of Ballers, the Busters list will seem pretty short. That's just how it goes sometimes. It goes that way especially when the Raiders put 41 points on a damn good team in the Seahawks. Here are the guys who get the finger wag this week.
After a fantastic game last week, Thorpe got torched in this one. It started to come apart at the end of the first half. With the Seahawks down 35-14 and very much in need of a score heading into halftime, Thorpe obliged. He gave up a three catches in near succession. A 19-yard catch, then a 9-yard catch, and three plays later on third and three, he gave up a 33-yard touchdown catch to send the Seahawks into half within two scores. Mind you, this was against Terrelle Pryor who previous to that drive had completed all of two passes for 8 yards. Thorpe later gave up an 8-yard catch as well.
Matt McCants, Lamar Mady
These two made up the left side of the Raiders second unit offensive line in this game. McCants is usually the backup right tackle for this team, but in this one he was tried out at left tackle. It did not go well. He came in the game early in the second quarter and with the Raiders knocking on the door, he gave up a tackle for loss on a run play that put the Raiders in third and six. Then on the next possession, he gave up a pressure which pinned Matt McGloin in the pocket where he was sacked from a blitzing linebacker up the middle. Then it was Mady's turn. He gave up a tackle for a loss of five yards on the first play of the second half. And if Mady hadn't given it up, McCants' man was right there too. Later he was called for an illegal hands to the face penalty which negated a 6-yard catch by Jeremy Stewart and helped lead to a three and out. Later in the fourth quarter Mady gave up a pressure causing an incomplete pass on third down to force a punt.
Dowling is clearly in way over his head at this point. The seventh round rookie shows little in the way of aggressiveness or safety instincts. He's just kind of there most of the time. On third down and seven with the Seahawks looking to get on the board heading into the half, he was late getting over on an 11-yard catch. The Seahawks did end up scoring on that drive, by the way. In the third quarter, he was blocked on a 32-yard kick return. Then in the fourth quarter, he missed a tackle on the outside to give up a 7-yard touchdown.
He came in very late and looked terrible in coverage. He missed a tackle on a 15-yard screen, gave up a 22-yard catch on the next play which set the Seahawks up for a later score to pull within one touchdown at 38-31. Then on the last gasp drive to end the game, he gave up a 22-yard catch. That's 49 yards of opposing third team offense in a very short period of time.