With Sunday’s loss to the Titans, the Raiders chances of making the playoffs in 2019 are all but finished. It was a competitive game for a half, but things unraveled in the second half as Oakland was outscored 21-0.
The turning point play of the game came with 14:34 left in the fourth quarter and Raiders trailing 28-21. The defense was shredded all game long, and if the Raiders had any hope of a comeback, a stop was needed. That obviously did not happen.
Ryan Tannehill took the snap from the Oakland 18-yard line, faked a handoff to Derrick Henry, and rolled out to his right on a bootleg. To the surprise of the defense, Tannehill stopped and threw across his body down field to his backside tight end, Jonnu Smith.
Turning point play of week 14 pic.twitter.com/prXOpWxmf5— Evan Groat (@Egroat5) December 9, 2019
Tahir Whitehead was trailing in coverage, and as the ball was coming in, Smith high-pointed it and made an incredible catch over the defender.
If Tannehill to Smith was the turning point, Darren Waller’s fumble that was returned for a touchdown on the ensuing drive was the nail in the coffin. The next two possessions for the Raiders resulted in a punt and Derek Carr throwing the ball away on fourth down from the Titans 2-yard line.