By: Chris Loveland
We did not expect the Raiders to go 15-1. But, this loss is a tough one to swallow. The Raiders should have beaten the hapless Bears, but today they never pulled away. The Raiders continued to allow the Bears to hang around all game, just as they did with The Ravens, and The Browns. But, their late game magic did not hold true again this week.
The ACDC connection started the day off well with a first half that went for 49 yards and a Touchdown, including that beautiful over the shoulder “incompletion”, which was later ruled a Touchdown. But, the two did not connect at all in the second half.
Latavius has seen better days… He’ll be back with a vengeance against the mighty Broncos front seven. Latavius dropped an easy toss from Carr early in the fourth quarter, that fumble was costly for the gameflow for the Raiders, it immediately took away any swagger the Raiders offense had built up. As well Latavius tipped a pass right into the hands of Pernell McPhee of the Bears, giving Carr his only interception on the day.
The Raiders had far too many three and outs today, they must improve on sustained drives without the need to rely on big plays for points. More sustained drives and increased time of possession will truly put this offense into one of the top in the league. They have the big play potential, but they do not have the consistency.
The Defense had an alright day against an injury plagued Bears offense. Although, not a great sign of things to come that the D couldn’t keep a gimpy Jay Cutler from going for 281 yards with an Alshon Jeffery-less Bears receiving corps. Hopefully they will have a better showing against Skinny Legs Manning, and his powerhouse receivers next week.
Charles Woodson had another great week, with 5 tackles, and an interception. Woodson keeps showing up every Sunday, and is still playing at a very high level. I like to think Woodson has found the fountain of youth, and said fountain was buried deep within his Heisman Trophy.
The Raiders have to bring it in the upcoming weeks, it was a tough game for Carr, hopefully he can bounce back against the Broncos , and solidify his status as a legit top ten Quarterback in the NFL, which I sternly believe he is. This Broncos secondary is overrated, and they should not be feared. Raiders v. Broncos is no longer a trap game, it will be a head to head matchup, and a good one at that.
As for Jay Cutler’s final drive, that was a thing of beauty, plenty of quick looks, while keeping the Raiders secondary deep with the threat of a deep ball. Jay Cutler ran a perfect two minute drill to set up Robbie Gould for a nearly automatic 49 yard Field Goal.
Jay Cutler showed a little Derek Carr in him in that two minute drive to win the game. Or, a little Tom Brady, but I like to think it’s basically the same thing.
P.S. I once again exclaimed the name Latavius, but it this week it was in shock and disgust, instead of genuine pride and amazement.
P.P.S Almost Seth Roberts, Almost.