Friday, August 17, 2012

Raiders Review of First Half

The Oakland Raiders came into Arizona to play the Cardinals on three days rest after losing to the Cowboys Monday Night.  They look as if they've taken a step backwards from last season.  If the last six quarters of Raiders play is any indication of what to expect from the silver & black this season, I'd rather not watch.

First Half
Raiders 11
Cardinals 24

QB - Carson Palmer is off on his passes and has locked into one receiver, rookie Rod Streater. 
RB - Darren McFadden is the engine that runs the offense.  No DMC, No Go. Need More Reece.
OL - Without center Wiseniewski, offensive line is struggling to pick up blitzes and open running lanes. New blocking scheme suspect.
WR - Heyward-Bey ineffective, Jacoby Ford injured, Streater looks to be the veteran.
Coaching - Suspect (red zone play calling questionable)

Turnovers - 2 fumbles lost, 1 interception
Penalties - 2/17yds (they appear disciplined)

Defense - looked good for the most part. Sacks, a safety and short yardage stoppages.  One blown coverage in the red zone allowed a touchdown. 

Special Teams - giving up too many return yards, not getting enough yards on returns. Punt Blocked. Janokowski 3/3 on field goals.

I know it's still preseason, only the second of four games.  But Come'on Raiders, if you wanna begin to believe things have changed for the better, you have to start showing it on the field.

Its gotta get better. I know it will.

Maybe they're holding back. 

win, lose or tie!

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