Sunday, October 13, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:
What it means: The Raiders outplayed the Chiefs in virtually every aspect of the game in the first half, and the game was tied 7-7 at the half. A missed 51-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski and a pass interference inside the 10-yard line opened the door for Kansas City and injuries to the Raiders' offensive line sealed Oakland’s fate. Depth, on the offensive line, especially, was tested. While Darren McFadden did play, he was not near the home run threat he was in rushing for at least 100 yards in both meetings against the Chiefs last year. And, yes, the noise at Arrowhead, as the crowd tried to set a record, had an effect on the Raiders' offense. Oh, and the Raiders’ seven-game winning streak at Arrowhead came to an end.
Stock watch: Rising -- Jason Tarver. The Raiders’ mad scientist of a defensive coordinator was blitzing with aplomb early and often. Oakland had three sacks of Alex Smith in the first quarter -- by Sio Moore, Nick Roach and Vance Walker -- and it was the first time the Raiders had three sacks since moving back to Oakland in 1995. Tarver drew up enough plays to keep the Raiders in the game, which might have been enough had the offense been able to sustain any drives after taking a 7-0 lead.
More duct tape, please: Let’s see: LT Khalif Barnes, LG Lucas Nix, C Mike Brisiel, RG Lamar Mady, RT Matt McCants. Yes, that was the Raiders’ offensive line in the second half after RT Tony Pashos was lost to a groin injury and C Andre Gurode hurt a knee. And Gurode was replacing Stefen Wisniewski. And Barnes moved over to replace Menelik Watson. And Watson was replacing Jared Veldheer and, you get the picture. This offensive line was not what anyone dressed in silver and black had in mind in training camp, let alone this week.
A learning lesson: Terrelle Pryor, like the Raiders' defense, put on a clinic in the first half. In the second half, behind that makeshift line, and with deafening noise crashing down, Pryor was taken to school. Three ill-advised passes were picked off, resulting in 17 points for the Chiefs, including a pick-six.
What's next: The Raiders (2-4) are off as they try to heal on their bye week.