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Raiders week 16 Ballers & Busters: Part two

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Not much went right for the Raiders on the offensive side of the ball Monday night.

Oakland Raiders v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images


Derek Carr

“Shook.” That’s the word I keep hearing to describe Carr. That’s seems fairly accurate. He has no pocket presence, is unsure of himself and his reads, and consistently throws off his back foot or in a backpedal.

On the Raiders first series, he had a delay of game on third and four. Ultimately the Raiders would opt to go for it on 4th and 2 in Philadelphia territory. Carr had the play he wanted, but the Eagles blitzed, he panicked, missed an open window for Seth Roberts, and threw off his back foot to a covered Michael Crabtree incomplete. The Eagles took over on downs that their own 42 and drove for a touchdown.

His second series ended with him underthrowing a wide open Seth Roberts on a deep post.

Carr had just 8 completions in the first half. And over half his yards came on one pass to Amari Cooper which all Carr had to do was throw it anywhere near him. Coop was wide open and streaking up field. He caught it for the 63-yard touchdown.

In the second half, Carr was much worse, completing just 7 passes for 22 yards while throwing two interceptions. Essentially all of his second half passing yards came on one play – the 23-yard screen pass to Jalen Richard. His other 6 passes went for a combined negative one yard.

When the Raiders scored to begin the third quarter, all the yards came on the ground. Every single yard. Though, to be fair, Carr threw on target to Crabtree at the goal line only to have him drop it.

The third quarter was a doozy. Carr completed two passes to his own team and one to the other team. His first completion was a one-yard dump pass on third and 13. His other was an 8-yard completion which he followed up by again underthrowing Seth Roberts, this time getting picked off.

The fourth quarter began with Carr getting sacked and fumbling the ball. It was luckily recovered by the Raiders so they could at least punt it away. The next series, Carr was nearly intercepted again, but it was dropped.

He threw another interception that wasn’t dropped which gave the Eagles the ball near midfield From there they moved 21 yards for what would the final go-ahead field goal.

That score would be the game-winner because Carr didn’t get a pass anywhere near one of his receivers on the final series. He was short of Cordarrelle Patterson on first down. Second down he stepped into a non-existent pocket and threw into the turf on a dump attempt. Third down he tried to elude pressure, then stopped, took his eyes from downfield to try and stiff arm Chris Long (a very, very bad idea) and managed to throw it away. Fourth down came with :03 seconds left and it was another one of those loony short-pass-with-a-series-of-laterals plays that ended with the Eagles picking up the ball and returning it for a touchdown.


Marshall Newhouse, Gabe Jackson

Since we’re holding Carr accountable for his lack of poise under pressure, we must also call out those who were allowing a good deal of that pressure. The left side was doing a great job in this game. It was the right side that was blowing it.

Newhouse started his day with a false start on third and nine. The next series he gave up a tackle for loss on a run. In the second quarter, a brilliant catch by Amari Cooper to save an ugly Carr pass was negated by Jackson being called for holding.

A series in the third quarter began with Jackson missing his block to give up a tackle for loss and ended two plays later with Jackson giving up a pressure on Carr that no doubt affected his throw which fell short and was intercepted.

A forced fumble got the Raiders the ball back, but on the first play Jackson again gave up a run stuff which Marshawn Lynch fumbled to give it right back.

From there it was Newhouse who had serious issues on three series to begin the fourth quarter. The first series of the quarter ended with a strip sack given up by Newhouse. The series after that, he gave up a run stuff followed immediately by a play in which he was driven right into Carr, who then tried to scramble, getting just three yards out of it, and Tavecchio would miss from 48 yards away. And next third down, he gave up another pressure resulting in a tackle for loss on a dump off.

And, of course, there was the final third down play in which Chris Long came screaming around the right edge and Carr tried to stiff arm him. That was Newhouse who he got around, as Long had been channeling his father all day.

Jalen Richard

His fumble in the fourth quarter was an absolute killer. He had reached the 16-yard-line, with the game tied at 10. Had he held onto the ball, the Raiders would very likely have taken the lead. Fumbling has been a real issue this season for Richard. That was his seventh between runs and punt returns. He would have his eighth on the final play when he received the lateral from Cooper, and his lateral was nowhere near Derek Carr and was instead picked up by the defense and returned for a score.

Todd Downing, Jack Del Rio

There was one bit of obvious game planning done for Monday’s game. It was the double move by Coop that led to a 63-yard touchdown. Anyone who watched the Giants do that to the Eagles last week saw they needed to keep that play in their hip pocket. The Raiders did and they got their only score out of it.

What keeps ringing in my head is how Jack Del Rio said after the game that once they had done it, the Eagles weren’t going to allow it again. They wouldn’t allow it? So, then, that’s was all you had? That was your big play call and once you spent it and the Eagles said “Fool me once..” it was over. That’s pretty sad.

On the first drive of the third quarter, the Raiders got the run game going, which was great. And they were able to add a field goal out of it to take the lead 10-7. But the next series ended with a three-and-out because on second down, they left a free rusher on the right side to blow up the play for a loss, and on third down and 13, Carr dumped it off to Jalen Richard for one yard.

Early in the fourth quarter, the defense helped set the offense up in great field position and a couple runs moved them into field goal range. But on third and 7, they once again left a man unblocked to have a free run at Carr, who had to throw the ball away. The result was the missed 48-yard field goal.

Part of the problem was Vadal Alexander left with an injury early in the game, leaving the Raiders without a single reserve tackle to run jumbo packages. They have two other tackles on the roster, but both were inactive for the game. Brilliant.

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