Just three short weeks ago, the Oakland Raiders season looked promising. The team had won two straight games and the schedule looked manageable coming down the stretch. Now Oakland has lost three consecutive contests and it hasn’t even been close in any of them.
The Raiders have given up 135 points the last three weeks and only scored 69 points. The defense hasn’t stopped any one and the offense just can’t keep pace with the opposition. Oakland was built to win games 27-20, not 49-42 and that has been an issue. The Raiders defense is so bad, it puts a lot of pressure on Carson Palmer to try and match every score and single handedly win the game. The pressure has intensified with the loss of Darren McFadden to a high ankle sprain, which has kept him out the last two weeks. Oakland is 31st in the NFL in rushing offense, but sixth in passing offense. Palmer has clearly done his part to help the Raiders win, but he is getting no help from his running backs or defense.
On defense, Michael Huff and Philip Wheeler have done their best to help keep the unit together, but it just isn’t working. The secondary has been torched and the front seven have been gashed every week. The Raiders rank 23rd and 24th in rushing defense and passing defense respectively, which basically means neither aspect has played well together. The defensive line is the most disappointing area of the defense, especially the middle of the line. Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour have been non-factors for the most part this season and teams are finding ways to run all over them.
Unless something drastic happens, Oakland will lose at least four of its final six games and probably will lose five of them. The defense can’t stop anyone and the offense isn’t built to score 40 points per game, so expect it to get ugly Raiders’ fans.