The Oakland Raiders had been in good form this year but they were given a real beat down in Washington as Derek Carr and the Raiders high powered offense were held in check. Robert O’Reardon reports…
It was a disappointing night for the Oakland Raiders in Washington as they fell to their first defeat of the season. The Raiders offence is usually their most reliable weapon to blow teams away but this did not happen during Sunday Night Football.
Derek Carr completed 19 of his 31 passes on the night but he was picked twice, one of which was in the opening drive of the game which the hosts scored from. To put this in conext, Carr was only picked six times the whole of last season.
Carr’s main two targets out wide, Michael Crabtree & Amari Cooper only had two receptions between them for 13 yards.
Most believe this will prove to be an off night for Oakland that won’t be repeated but it shows they can be stopped if the job is done right.
Old defensive woes
The question on everyones lips before the season started was; has the Raiders defense improved to supplement an the awesome attacking unit. When the offence is firing, Oakland will put points on anybody. But the old demons returned here in a big way and like the poor offensive display, they will be hoping this is a bad day at the office.
In contrast to just the 118 yards Carr managed to throw, his opposite number Kirk Cousins completed 25 out of 30 passes for 365 yards. This was a fierce beating for the defence and one that cannot be continued in the coming weeks if they want to keep pace with Kansas in the AFC West.
Next up for Oakland is a trip to their biggest rivals: the Denver Broncos. The silver and black finished ahead of them in the AFC West in 2017. A win in Colorado two seasons ago helped show what Jack Del Rio wanted to do with this team and it has been a similar pattern ever since that game in December 2015.
Next weeks encounter is important for two reasons. It will help lay down a marker to show Oakland are still a better team than Denver and it will help get Washington out of their system.
In the past two seasons against the Broncos, Khalil Mack has recorded 7 sacks against them. More of the same next week wouldn’t be a bad thing for his team.
A gameball for…
Jared Cook – The tight end was the only ray of hope all evening for the Raiders. He recorded one touchdown from 4 receptions and 4 yards.