By: Max Klotz
Final Score: St. Louis Rams 52, Oakland Raiders 0
The Raiders may have reached a new low on Sunday. The Raiders failed to score any points for the first time this season. Oakland actually ran more plays than St. Louis and won the time of possession battle by ten minutes. However, Oakland literally gave the game away by committing five turnovers. Derek Carr threw two interceptions and Matt Schaub threw one as well.
Raider fans hoped that the Silver and Black would continue to build on their first win of the season last Thursday against Kansas City. On the contrary, the Raiders suffered their worst loss of the season against a St. Louis offense that has not been particularly impressive this year. Rams quarterback Shaun Hill threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another, and Rams running back Tre Mason ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Finally, speedy rusher/receiver/returner Tavon Austin rushed in a third touchdown, to give the Rams five offensive touchdowns.
None of the Raiders had impressive days and once again the Raiders’ rushing attack was nonexistent. Darren McFadden was the leading Oakland rusher with 27 yards on 11 attempts. Hopefully Latavius Murray will return next week as he could provide a boost for the struggling ground game. The Raiders could also consider giving Marcel Reece some more burn at tail back, as Reece has been fairly effective when given the opportunity to run.
The Jacksonville Jaguars won on Sunday so the Raiders now are in sole possession of the worst record in the NFL at 1-11. If the Raiders get the number one pick in the 2015 draft they will have a few options. They could draft Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston if they decide that Derek Carr is not their franchise quarterback. However, the organization has expressed confidence in Carr, and Carr has had a good rookie year. It is more likely that they will trade the number one pick in order to gain more talent at a variety of positions. The Raiders could use help in the receiving corps and pretty much everywhere on defense.
Sidenote: There has been a lot of speculation about 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and his future in San Francisco. If San Francisco fires Harbaugh, the Raiders would certainly give him a look. Oakland would be fortunate to get a coach of Harbaugh’s caliber and he could help turn the franchise around, although it is highly unlikely that he would choose to sign with the Raiders if he even is let go.
Next week the Raiders play the San Francisco 49ers in a Bay Area battle. The Raiders will try to get their offense going against the imposing Niners defense, although this game will be extremely tough for the subpar Silver and Black.
Cover Image: By original: Pete Sheffield derivative: Diddykong1130 [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons