The first quarter was about the Raiders. Becoming the first team in some time to hold the Chiefs from scoring. The Raiders’ offense put up ten points in this quarter as well and things looked good.
The second quarter, the Chiefs shredded the Raiders defense scoring four touchdowns and running up of 240 yards of offense. It looked like the Raiders would be dead in the water in the second half given the show in this quarter.
The second half was scoreless. Both teams moved the ball well but drives ended without points. An interception in the endzone for the Raiders on one drive. Another interception on another when the Raiders receiver ran into the a Chiefs defender leaving only the player guarding him there when the ball arrived. For me it was a pick, for the refs its wasn’t. This along with my previous post tells you all you need to know about my feelings on this set of officials.
The half was the first ever scoreless half between the Chiefs and Raiders. It came in what likely will be the last ever NFL game played on field with the baseball dirt still on it. The Raiders are the last team to share with an MLB team and move to Las Vegas next year of decades of searching for a solution that would have allowed them to remain in Oakland.
Derek Carr also became the Raiders all time passing leader midway through the game when he passed Ken Stabler.
Jacob Jones continued his impressive start in the NFL with a hard earned 100+ yards for the second game in a row.
All told, the game showed the Raiders are close but not there yet.
Oh and before I forget. Watching this Raiders team tackle reminds me of how bad Raiders teams of recent memory have been in this fundamental task.
My voice and maybe others in the Raider Nation are likely a little sore with the start of the second period. Maxx Crosby was penalized for roughing the passer on the drive that lead to the Chiefs scoring at the start of the 2nd.
He was all alone with Mahomes in the backfield and jump up and into him to stop the QB from passing the ball. Leading to an incompletion and the QB on the ground. I would love to hear an NFL official describe just how this is a penalty play because it wasn’t.
We was robbed! Its the Chiefs and the NFL versus the RAIDERS!
Carr and the bad spot
Carr runs up the sideline dive high and forward, looking for the first down. The ball falls straight down, out of his hand, nearly a foot behind the first down marker and the call? They bring the ball back to where he left his feet. That was not were he fumbled. The ball bounced where he was when the fumble occurred.
The Raiders opened their 2019 campaign at home against the rival Denver Broncos on a Monday night with a win.
Derek Carr gave a commanding performance on the night, completing 22 of 26 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. When the game was on the line, he demanded of Gruden a chance to finish the game. Gruden agreed and the game was won.
Rookie running back, Josh Jacobs, ran for 85 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns in his debut.
Tyrell Williams in his debut proved 105 yards from six catches and a touchdown.
The Raiders top draft pick, Clelin Ferrell, provided a sack, a tackle for loss and a pass defended in his debut. The Raider, who were sack poor last year, came away with three sacks on the night. Benson Mayowa getting the other two and a tackle for loss to boot.
With the abrupt jettisoning of the troubled Antonio Brown, the Raiders had an opening for a talented receiver.
Their choice was the Hard Knocks star Keelan Doss.
In order to bring back Doss, they offered him a $300 signing bonus and a fully guaranteed $495 base salary for the year. The Alameda native is now back with the Raiders after his brief appearance on the Jaguars’ practice squad.
Dorian hit my little place in the sun, Nova Scotia. Knocking out power, phone and internet from Friday until this morning.
Brown had been released when I last had access. Now it seems he’s a member of the New England Patriots. Maybe they’ll have more luck with him that we or the Steelers did. I hope not. I hope he washes out of the NFL because of his crazy behavior.