The seven numbers that show us why the Oakland Raiders lost
By the Numbers: Oakland Raiders vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The most damaging player was running back Doug Martin, who scored four times and ran for 251 yards against the Raiders’ defense. The Buccaneers did an excellent job at complementing Martin with a solid passing game led by Josh Freeman, who completed 18-of-30 passes for 247 yards.
The Oakland offense was a wreck. The running game had its most inefficient game of the season and the passing game put up gaudy numbers, but Carson Palmer also turned the ball with three interceptions, two of which led to touchdowns and the third sealed the game. The second of Palmer’s three picks cost Oakland dearly because they were driving down 35-32 with an opportunity to at least tie the game when the Buccaneers took the pass the other way, leading to a Martin one-yard touchdown plunge.
The only good news for Oakland is it never gave up on the game, even when the Raiders trailed by 18 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Oakland had a 10-7 lead at the halftime intermission, but could not hold on as Tampa Bay scored 21 points in the third quarter to take control of the game.
The loss showed fans the Raiders are still susceptible to a good rushing attack and proved Oakalnd can’t run the ball. There is still a lot of room for improvement and they should probably start with these seven stats that tell the story of Sunday’s contest.
2- Quarterback hits by Oakland defense
This was the best stat to show how little penetration the defensive line got all day. They couldn't stop Martin, but they also couldn't put Freeman under any duress.
10.0- Doug Martin's yards per carry
It's normally not good when a running back has more than 20 carries and is averaging double digit yards per carry. It would have been a lot worse if Martin hadn't run backwards to kill clock on the final drive.
16- Tackles by Lavonte David
The rookie was all over the field and was able to shut down any sort of running attack Oakland tried to use. David also did a great job at eating up the short passing plays Oakland ran.
22- Rushing yards for the Raiders
Embarrassing doesn't begin to describe the performance by the Raiders' running backs on the ground. Granted Oakland did not try to run the ball much, but you still need to pick up more than 22 rushing yards in a game if you want to win.
35- Buccaneers' points in the second half
Whatever Dennis Allen said at halftime to his club did not work and actually had the opposite effect. The Raiders were up 10-7 at the break, but the Buccaneers roared to 35 second-half points to win the game.
45.75- Average length in yards of Doug Martin's touchdown runs
This is bad especially since Martin had four touchdowns. The Raiders are lucky one of Martin's scores was only a single yard otherwise this number would be much worse.
62- Passing attempts by Oakland
Tampa Bay may be one of the worst teams against the pass, but to throw the ball 83 percent of the time may have been a little much. It becomes much easier to stop something when you know it's coming, not that the Buccaneers actually did stop the aerial assualt, but they did pick off Palmer three times.
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