Piling up offensive numbers, to no avail

November, 3, 2013
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OAKLAND -- Take a look at the Oakland Raiders' final offensive numbers and then try to explain how they were blown out by the Philadelphia Eagles, 49-20.

Consider: Oakland racked up 560 yards of total offense, the third-most in franchise history, and the most since 1968.

The Raiders also won the time of possession: 37:54 -- 22:06.

Terrelle Pryor passed for a career-high 288 yards and rushed for 94 yards.

Rashad Jennings rushed for 102 yards, his third career 100-yard rushing game, the first since 2010.

[+] EnlargeTerrelle Pryor
AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezTerrelle Pryor accounted for 382 yards from scrimmage in Oakland's loss against Philadelphia.
Rod Streater had 98 yards receiving on five catches, and went over 1,000 yards for his career.

Three Raiders made their season debuts on offense in receiver Juron Criner, who caught three passes for 32 yards, rookie tackle Menelik Watson, who was the Raiders’ second-round draft pick, and quarterback Matt McGloin, who led a scoring drive, completing seven of 15 passes for 87 yards. In fact, they were the NFL debuts for Watson, who played right tackle, and McGloin.

Oh, and the Raiders ran 92 plays.

And yet ...

"We made a lot of plays,” Pryor said. “We just didn’t make enough.”

Well, yeah, kinda.

Was it simply piling up in garbage time? The Raiders did have 277 yards of offense at halftime, but trailed 28-13. And after the third quarter, when the Eagles led 49-13, the Raiders had 384 yards.

So there’s that.

Then there’s this -- running back Darren McFadden was injured again, straining his right hamstring in the second quarter, and his day was done after 12 yards on five carries.

“Losing Darren, that sucks,” said Pryor, who also suffered an injury to his right knee midway through the fourth quarter.

“I’m just confused. I have to watch the film. Can’t put my finger on it.”

Pryor said he was still trying to keep the offense involved, despite being down big.

“I was just saying, ‘Let’s go. Let’s go down and score,’” Pryor said. “I had the guys fired up and they were ready. I had the offensive line going, they were fired up. The receivers were ready to go. That was the first time I really faced that type of score.

“That’s what happens in the NFL, I guess. They were better than us.”

Hence the ability for many to call it garbage time, even if plays still had to be made.

And the reason Allen had a hard time taking any solace in the numbers his offense put up ... at the end of the day.

“I think when you look at this game and the manner in which it was played,” Allen surmised, “it’s hard for me to say that there was a lot of positives in any regard.”

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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