Oakland Raiders Let Golden Opportunity Slip Away
By the Numbers: Raiders vs. Browns
It was another week and another loss for the Oakland Raiders. This may have been one of the more difficult ones to swallow because these two teams were so evenly matched and the game was in Oakland. However, the Cleveland Browns found a way to make more plays and beat the Raiders on the scoreboard.
The real issue with the Raiders was the defense, not that it comes as a shock to anyone. The Browns racked up 475 yards on offense and picked up 7.1 yards per play. Brandon Weeden completed 69 percent of his passes and mixed the running and passing games pretty effectively. Trent Richardson was kept in check for the most part, gaining only 72 yards on 20 carries. His longest rush went only nine yards although he did score a touchdown on the ground.
The Oakland offense had a pretty good day with 429 yards itself. Carson Palmer threw for 351 yards and kept the Raiders in the game until the end. The person who had the best day though was Brandon Myers, who had a team-high 14 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. He caught all, but one of his targets from Palmer and continued his excellent season.
This game will put a lot of focus on Dennis Allen and whether or not he’s the right person for the job in Oakland. The Raiders’ fans are starting to get impatient and as a talented team continues to lose games, the patience will continue to wear thin. The rebuilding process is slow, but it may be too slow for the fans.
0- Raiders' points off turnovers
The Raiders forced two Browns' turnovers and they resulted in nothing. In a tight game these are the types of opportunities you need to take advantage of if you want to win.
8- Browns' receivers with receptions
The Oakland pass defense was terrible yet again, but more importantly they couldn't stop anyone. Last week it was one or two receivers who made a difference, but on Sunday everyone was making big plays in the passing game.
9.8- Brandon Weeden's yards per pass
Back to the Oakland pass defense, this stat has to be the most disturbing to the defensive coaches. Every time Weeden dropped back to pass, he was getting a first down. This stat is a little bit uglier when you look at the yards per completion, a little more than 14 yards.
10- Oakland penalties
Football is all about discipline and the Raiders showed none on Sunday. This team is not on pace to break last year's record for penalties, but these flags are becoming a problem again for Oakland.
61- Sebastian Janikowski's missed field goal
The missed field goal to end the first half was a difficult one to make. However, it wasn't impossible because nothing seems impossible for Janikowski. It ended up being the difference in the game and if the Raiders could have picked up some more yards, the game could have been tied.
63- Carson Palmer's completion percentage
This number isn't terrible, but when the offense focuses so much on the passing game this number has to be better. Again, Palmer did a lot to help Oakland win the game, but he could have done more especially when the offense rests on his shoulders.
364- Weeden's passing yards
Oakland would have had a hard time stopping a high school offense on Sunday. If Richardson wasn't gashing the Raiders, Weeden was torching them through the air. It was an embarrassment to give up so many yards to a rookie quarterback with so few targets.