Sunday, December 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders
By Paul Gutierrez
OAKLAND, Calif. -- A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 56-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:
What it means: This is the type of game that could cost coach Dennis Allen his job. The Raiders surrendered the most points in franchise history -- they gave up 55 to the Baltimore Ravens last season, the San Diego Chargers in 1981 and the Houston Oilers in 1961 -- and looked horrendous doing it. Matt McGloin was a turnover machine early and late, the defense was a sieve early and late, and to think, the Raiders were actually within 35-31 midway through the third quarter. Allen talked about progress this week; this was total regression.
Stock watch: Falling -- McGloin. Playing like a bad fever dream featuring the worst of Marc Wilson and Jay Schroeder, McGloin committed five turnovers -- four interceptions, with a pick-six and a fumble -- yet showed flashes of promise ... at times. He was poked in the eye late in the game before throwing his last pick and was replaced by Terrelle Pryor.
QB shuffle: Before coming in for mop-up duty, Pryor appeared in the middle of two series, once for one play. The second time seemed especially disconcerting, considering Pryor replaced McGloin when McGloin had established a rhythm. The drive ended with a McGloin -- yes, he replaced Pryor in the series -- TD pass, so it worked … somewhat.
Someone tackle Charles: Jamaal Charles caught eight passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns and carried the ball eight more times for 20 yards and another score, equaling a Chiefs franchise record with five TDs. He was particularly effective on third-down screen passes. As former Raiders coach Tom Flores said on the radio broadcast, “That's just poor defense, either by design or play. They're going to run a screen, what do you think?”
What's next: The Raiders (4-10) close out the road portion of their schedule by traveling to take on the San Diego Chargers (7-7). Oakland, with Pryor under center, defeated the Chargers, 27-17, in a late-night game at the O.co Coliseum on Oct. 6 as Pryor completed 18 of 23 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. With McGloin's struggles, it would not be surprising to see Pryor start against the Chargers.