Monday, December 23, 2013
Upon Further Review: Raiders Week 16
By Paul Gutierrez
An examination of four hot issues from the Oakland Raiders' 26-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers:
Penalties, again: If it did not sting enough that 15 flags were thrown at the Raiders and that a season-high 12 penalties were accepted (in fact, it is the most penalties ever levied at Oakland under second-year coach Dennis Allen, along with the dozen they had last year at Atlanta), consider this: Six penalties resulted in Chargers first downs. Talk about bad timing. “I really think it boils down to guys pressing to try to make something happen,” Allen said. “We’re not sticking to our fundamentals and technique like we’re supposed to. That’s what happens when you don’t stick to your fundamentals. ... Today a lot of the penalties were during the [run of] play.” The Raiders had 108 penalties for 939 yards in 2012 -- both figures ranked eighth in the NFL. This season, they have 114 penalties (ranking second) for 902 yards (seventh).
Streater shut down: Rod Streater entered Sunday needing to average 77 yards receiving over the Raiders’ last two games to become Oakland’s first 1,000-yard receiver since Randy Moss in 2005. And after catching one pass for 2 yards on Sunday, yeah, well, you can do the math -- Streater needs a career-high 152-yard receiving day against the Denver Broncos next week to join Moss. Not likely. But imagine the outrage if he finishes 39 yards shy of the milestone. That’s the distance of the pass he appeared to catch in the fourth quarter for a touchdown but was ruled incomplete. As for his lack of production, Streater said he was simply covered, opening up opportunities for the likes of Andre Holmes and Denarius Moore. “A lot of the downfield stuff was covered,” quarterback Matt McGloin said, “so you have to give them credit.”
A not-so-happy homecoming: Kevin Burnett spent only two years with the Chargers, but it was obvious from his several skirmishes the game meant a little something extra to the linebacker, who called San Diego home in 2009 and 2010. His thoughts, then, on returning as a member of the Raiders? “It’s good to be living,” Burnett said, “to have another day to come out here and play the game that I love. Other than that, it pretty much [stinks] right now. I don’t know how else to put it.”
Of explosive plays XV: And now for our weekly tracking of “explosive” plays. As deemed by Allen, such a play is one that gains at least 16 yards through the air, 12 yards on the ground. The Raiders had five such plays against the Chargers, all through the air. The Chargers had six explosive plays, four passes and two runs. In 15 games, the Raiders now have 109 explosive plays (80 passes, 29 runs), with eight passing TDs and four running scores. Oakland’s opponents, meanwhile, have 104 explosive plays combined, 81 passes (12 TDs) and 23 runs (three TDs).