In a season full of disappointment and misery for the fanbase, the Oakland Raiders fell to Seattle, 27-3. Despite playing 5,345 miles away from home, Oakland found a new way to embarrass themselves in this game. Derek Carr threw for 142 yards. Marshawn Lynch ran for 45 yards against his former team. This crushing defeat drops the Raiders’ record to 1-5. Now, they have two weeks and examine the first six games of 2018.
Again, the pass rush failed to provide much of any impact. Despite this, Arden Key notched his first NFL sack. Otherwise, the Seattle offensive line, known for leakiness shut the Raiders down. Bruce Irvin failed to get upfield on many occasion. With the losses mounting, his need for playing time should decrease.
Before the game, Jay Glazer from Fox Sports reported the Raiders could look to move Cooper. In the game, Cooper did not stand out. First, his lone catch was negated by a holding call. Next, he suffered a concussion on an uncalled helmet-to-helmet hit. With the season looking abysmal, do the Raiders move Cooper, if he passes the concussion protocol?
To his credit, Derek Carr stood in the pocket versus an angry Seattle pass rush. However, the willingness to constantly checkdown or swing the ball out into the flat remains troubling. Instead of constantly testing the middle of the field, Carr preferred the safe approach.
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Granted, Gareon Conley was not a Gruden/Guenther pick. However, the Seahawks picked on Daryl Worley. Despite his interception, Worley struggled mightily. Once again, Reggie Nelson saw snaps. While Erik Harris may not appear to be a significant upgrade, he does possess better range. In addition, allowing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to grab snaps at safety would actually give the Raiders athleticism.
With Kolton Miller hobbled by a knee injury, the Raiders left him alone with Frank Clark. The Seattle defensive end destroyed both Miller and Parker. Clark obliterated the tackles for 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Why didn’t the Raiders give the rookies any consistent help?
After flying home, the Raiders need the bye week to get right. The will face the Indianapolis Colts. Hopefully, the Seahawks defeat gives them a chance to assess the situation to see what changed should exist. In essence, the Oakland Raiders are a broken team that needs a complete overhaul. Over the next few weeks, Jon Gruden needs to start planning for the future.