Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Moving on: Oakland Raiders
By Bill Williamson
Here are some areas the Oakland Raiders need to focus on after a 22-14 home loss to San Diego on Monday night:
Recap: The Raiders began the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen era with a sloppy home defeat. Backup-long snapper Travis Goethel (regular long-snapper Jon Condo left with a head injury) had three bad snaps that resulted in nine points for the Chargers. But the Raiders also have offensive issues as they lost a key AFC West matchup.
Biggest area to fix: The Raiders need to make more explosive offensive plays. They ran for just 45 yards on 20 carries. And they had just four plays longer than 15 yards. The Raiders will get receivers Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford back at some point and that will help. But Oakland needs to be more explosive.
Biggest area to build on: The Oakland defense was put in some tough situations because of the special-teams miscues. But it did not fold. The Raiders forced the Chargers to settle for five field goals. That is a sign of a tough-minded unit.
What to watch for: The Raiders' defense has a chance to go against Miami rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill on Sunday. This is a great opportunity for the Raiders to even their record at 1-1. Yes, they have a long trip after a short week, but this is a winnable game.