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Raiders week 17 Ballers & Busters vs Chiefs: Part two

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With little to be excited about in the Raiders' season finale performance, the Busters portion of this week's edition with plenty to discuss.

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Malcolm Smith

Truth be told, there are several candidates for the Top Buster spot this week, making Smith a tough call. On the Chiefs' first drive, they had one third down. They lined up in third and 8 and Smith gave up a 10-yard catch to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, they scored the touchdown.

The next drive, which as we know also resulted in a touchdown, Smith missed a tackle on a 15-yard run. When the Chiefs went for their third touchdown of the day, it was Smith in coverage. He was tight on the coverage but didn't turn around. Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris made a nice catch up high for the touchdown from 15 yards out.

On a drive early in the fourth quarter, Smith missed two tackles that resulted in runs of 7 and 9 yards. It was only due to a botched field goal attempt that the Chiefs didn't score on that drive. He finished with 5 tackles in the game, only one was less than four yards from the line of scrimmage.

TJ Carrie

How bad of a game did Carrie have to have to be named a Buster despite having an interception? Pretty bad. And it was almost entirely in the first quarter. On the first drive, he gave up a 12-yard catch and then was out of position on the following play to give up a 25-yard touchdown pass.

The touchdown drive to follow, he gave up a 5-yard catch and on the next play was blocked on a 15-yard run. A few plays later, on third and six inside Raiders territory, he gave up another five-yard catch. The Chiefs of course went for it on fourth down and picked it up. The next play Carrie surrendered a 16-yard catch. The next play he missed the tackle on his man on an end around that went for 18 yards to the 3-yard-line. The Chiefs walked in for a touchdown on the next play.

After that, Carrie was fine, including the second quarter where he had a coverage incompletion and an interception. But being almost solely responsible for spotting the Chiefs two touchdowns is Buster material for sure.

Latavius Murray

This was a brutal game for Murray. All he needed was 35 yards to retake the rushing lead in the AFC and he couldn't do it - finishing with 31 yards on the ground. The tendency when a running back doesn't put up a lot of yards on the ground can be to blame the blocking. There is room for that, but Murray had plenty of self-inflicted wounds as well.

The first time the Raiders got in scoring range was on the final play of the first quarter after a 70-yard kick return by Taiwan Jones and a 19-yard catch by Clive Walford. Three plays later, they were in third and one at the 10-yard-line. Murray would run into the back of his blocker and his attempt to go around the block failed as he was unable to drive and keep his feet. The Raiders settled for a short field goal instead.

The following series he again couldn't find room up the middle, so he tried bouncing it outside. But he just kept bouncing until he was driven out of bounds for one yard.

On the final series of the first half, he dropped a dump pass, then after a one yard run to begin the third quarter, he dropped a pass in the flat to set up a three-and-out to begin the second half on a sour note.

The next series, with the Raiders backed up to their own 15-yard-line, he missed his block to give up the sack on third down for a loss of eight. Marquette King was forced to punt out of the end zone and his punt was blocked to give up a safety. When the Raiders got the ball back, it didn't go far. Murray ran it three times on the drive for three yards, missing his gap on his final run to be stopped for no gain.

Murray was again part of a sack early in the fourth quarter, when he ended up screening Jon Feliciano to allow Jay Howard to make his way around the outside and sack Carr for a 7-yard loss. Brutal day for Latavius.

Lee Smith, Jon Feliciano, J'Marcus Webb

The blocking in the game was miserable. Leading the way in the bad blocking category were these three.

On the first series for the Raiders offense, Feliciano was late on a pull block to slow the whole play down while Webb gave up the tackle for a loss of one.

Their next series, the Raiders were set up at the 15-yard-line until Smith had a false start. The 10-yard screen pass on the next play ended up not enough to pick up the first down and on third and one Smith got no push on this block, resulting in a tackle for no gain and the Raiders would settle for a field goal.

In the second quarter, Webb gave up a hurry and had a false start. Feliciano finished it off by getting worked on a spin move which had Carr flushed from the pocket and throw incomplete to end the first half and opted for a double team while leaving a man unblocked, allowing Murray to be stuffed at the line.

The next series ended in a three-and-out thanks in part to Smith giving up a sack on the first play. Later in the third quarter, Felicano gave up a stop on a screen attempt.

Early in the fourth quarter, Smith gave up a pressure and when Carr tried to elude it, Donald Penn's man got him for the sack. Feliciano's man got in for a sack on the same drive and Webb gave up a pressure on the next play.

Derek Carr

What more is there to be said about the performance of this offense that hasn't already been said? Carr has played his part in their failings too. He had 3-4 good plays in this game. The rest was not so pretty.

The first time the Raiders lined up in third down, Carr missed a wide open Seth Roberts and opted instead to flee the pocket where he was sacked and fumbled out of bounds.

By the time he got the ball back, the Raiders were down 14-0. He made one nice pass to Clive Walford for 19 yards to put the Raiders in field goal range and get on the board. That 19-yard pass would be his only real positive play in the first half.

The next series, he stared down Michael Crabtree out left and ended up having to throw it over his head due to the coverage. The next pass he threw was behind Amari Cooper causing him to slide to pull it in. Three plays later, Carr missed a wide open Roy Helu Jr on a screen play to force a punt.

An interception by Carrie gave the Raiders the ball near midfield. On third and 2 in field goal range, Carr rolled out left and had plenty of open field in front of him to pick up the first down, but he opted instead to throw for Cooper in the end zone. Ron Parker was baiting him and he intercepted it to cost the Raiders a score of any kind.

The Raiders would go 1-6 on third down plays in the first half. It was only because of the Amerson interception that the Raiders were able to pull to 14-10 at the half.

That third down drought continued into the second half, with two three-and-outs to begin the third quarter. It was another pass to Walford that converted the second one of the game. It went for 10 yards on third and 7. Carr then threw wide of Cooper incomplete on the next play and short of the first down on third and 10.

To begin the fourth quarter, Carr had his third key pass when he connected with Seth Roberts on a back shoulder throw up the right sideline. It went for 19 yards on third and 19 (convenient). Then Carr held the ball too long on the next play and was sacked and threw too short to pick up the  third and 13.

The one touchdown drive of the day came on a short field after a botched field goal attempt by the Chiefs. It started with Carr throwing off target to Crabtree and ended with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Crabtree thanks in part to Crabtree's man falling down.

Another disorganized two minute drill would end the Raiders chances of pulling out the win. It featured a pass for a loss of one, a sack fumble for a 12-yard loss, Mychal Rivera unable to get out of bounds on an 8-yard pass and Carr unable to get the ball snapped before the time ran out.

Dan Williams

The Chiefs ran for 189 yards on the ground with 110 yards coming from the running backs. The first run of the day went for 13 yards right through Williams's position. The next drive Williams was flagged for lining up in the neutral zone on the first play.

On a drive early in the fourth quarter, Williams gave up a 14-yard run through his position and was blocked on the next play to give up a 9-yard run, and was driven so far back on a run play that the back had six yards before he could be stopped. The botched field goal attempt kept the Chiefs off the board on that drive.

Ben Heeney

Heeney was blocked along with Williams on the first run of the day for 13 yards. He was late to help out on a 9-yard Alex Smith first down scramble on third and four. But what really lands him on the Buster list was leaving a man unblocked on Marquette King's punt that resulted in a safety.

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