Just as soon as it seemed like the Oakland Raiders could be moving in the right direction, they failed to win back-to-back games for the 20th game in a row. At many points throughout their game against the Tennessee Titans, it appeared like Oakland could have a shot at winning, and they almost did.
If it wasn’t for wide receiver Kendall Wright having a career day and catching every ball thrown his way, as well as having the game-winning grab with only 10 seconds left on the clock, the Raiders would have won this game. Running back Rashad Jennings showed flash and made an argument for why he should continue to be the starting back in Oakland, even if injury-prone running back Darren McFadden returns.
The Raiders have proven that they can play tough games and hang in there, but yet again, their problem has been finishing the game. They had the lead late in the fourth and their defense blew it by playing prevent. It never ceases to amaze me how the Raiders coaching staff can not catch on to the fact that the prevent defense only inhibits the Silver and Black from winning.
Offensively, the Raiders looked pretty good and I’m looking forward to seeing rookie quarterback Matt McGloin get another start for this team that has had nothing but trouble at being consistent. Of all of the quarterbacks to have started for Oakland this year, McGloin has by far looked like the best passer.
Unfortunately for Oakland, the mediocre play of their offense wasn’t enough to get them past this Titans team that just moved to the sixth and final spot in the playoffs after the win. With only a few weeks left in the season, it will be interesting to see if they hold on to that spot.
With Oakland having no shot at the playoffs at this point, it’s necessary that they use the $70 million in free cap space and the top-10 draft pick they’ll have next year to improve this team across the board, because they desperately need it.