Sunday, November 24, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
OAKLAND – A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans:
What it means: This loss falls on the foot of Sebastian Janikowski, period. The longtime placekicker missed two more field goals, including one from 32 yards. The Raiders blew a chance to jump into a tie for the sixth spot, and the second wild-card slot, in the AFC playoff race. The Raiders allowed 10 of 18 third-down conversions.
Stock watch: falling -- Janikowski. It's 11 games into the season, and it’s no longer viable to blame your kicking woes on an unfamiliarity with your holder, right? Right? Alas, that’s exactly what Janikowski did to radio sideline reporter, and former teammate, Lincoln Kennedy, telling him midgame he did not like the hold of Marquette King on one of his two misses. After missing from 32 yards and 48 yards, he has missed seven field goal attempts through 11 games this season. He has missed seven total field goals the previous two seasons. The 48-yard miss Sunday was his first miss from the right hash mark all season. Janikowski did make four other field goals -- from 52, 48, 24 and 42 yards. Misses earlier in the season against Indianapolis, Washington and Kansas City were especially costly.
McGloin McEfficient?: What the Raiders miss in a running threat under center with Terrelle Pryor sidelined they gain in a passing attack with undrafted rookie quarterback Matt McGloin. No, the Raiders defense did not set him up twice at the opponent's 16-yard line, as they did last week in Houston. But McGloin was efficient in completing 18 of 31 passes for 254 yards. His 27-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to Marcel Reece gave the Raiders a 19-16 lead with 6:10 to play. His second-quarter interception deep in their own territory did lead to a Tennessee field goal, though. And the 6-foot-1 McGloin did have four passes batted down at the line.
No stops left: The Raiders' defense simply ran out of gas and could not get off the field on the Titans’ game-winning drive, allowing Tennessee to go 80 yards in 14 plays. Tracy Porter was beaten in the slot by Kendall Wright on the 10-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal with 10 seconds to play.
What's next: The Raiders (4-7) have a short work week as they travel to Dallas to take on the 6-5 Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. The Cowboys beat the Raiders 24-7 on Thanksgiving in 2009 to end a three-game Oakland winning streak in the series. Oakland leads the all-time series 6-4.