The season started and the Oakland Raiders looked like a team that would be competitive and improved from a year ago. Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Raiders reverted back to their play from last season and were dominated 56-31. Head coach Dennis Allen will need to get his team back on track in the last two games or big changes will be coming during the offseason.
“Obviously disappointed in the results of the game,” Allen said of the loss to the Chiefs. “You can’t play a good team like that; you can’t turn the ball over seven times and give them the ball in scoring position. Defensively, we have to make them have to kick field goals in those situations and we didn’t do that. We didn’t do a good enough job tackling on screen plays. Obviously, I think they had three touchdowns on screen plays. That’s something that we’ve got to address and we’ve got to be better at that. I thought our guys would come out ready to play. Obviously, we didn’t start the game we needed to.”
It wasn't all bad for the Raiders against the Chiefs. They scored 21 unanswered points right before halftime and into the third quarter. They almost overcame a 35-10 deficit and brought it all the way back to 35-31. However, they responded by allowing Kansas City to score the next 21 points and blow them out. It was their fourth straight loss and left the team looking for answers. Seven turnovers and 10 penalties reflect poorly on the players and coaches.
“To be honest with you, Marcel Reece, who is a captain on our football team, asked to speak,” Allen said of the halftime speech by Reece. “I allowed him to speak. What was said in the locker room really stays in the locker room, but I thought our guys came out and played well early there in the second half. And again, when you give up a long touchdown and compound it by turning the ball over again, it’s deflating.”
Oakland has been competitive for most of the season, but lost many games where they had a viable chance to win. Something seems to always go wrong, which is inexcusable at the professional level. The bottom line becomes, the Raiders need to start winning games or the roster and coaching staff will feel the effects. They have some players to build around and will have to use their cap space next season wisely. Quarterback is a position of extreme necessity in the NFL. The Raiders don't have one that can take them to the next level.
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