During the bye, the Oakland Raiders continued their headline domination. Despite entering Sunday’s game with a 1-5 record, Oakland captivated the football world with news of roster rumblings. Yet, they managed to play a mostly competent football game. However, the Colts beat the Raiders, 42-28. As a result, Oakland drops its record to 1-6. With the final Battle of the Bay, this portends poorly for the Raiders
With the trade of Amari Cooper, the Raiders found themselves with a need to reassess the receivers. So, instead of Cooper, Oakland featured a steady diet of Jalen Richard, Jared Cook and Seth Roberts. While not the most exciting combination, they combined for fourteen catches and 162 yards. Meanwhile, Jordy Nelson snared a single catch on four targets. With nine games remaining, the Raiders will look to a tight end an back and third wideout for yards downfield. .
After a week on social media tensions and fielding trade speculation, the Colts tried Derek Carr. However, with a renewed passion, Carr showed great heart versus Indy. While was not sacked, Carr picked the Colts apart for three touchdown passes. In addition, Carr scored his first rushing score on a dive. Now, in the big picture that may not appear grand. Yet, Carr put his body on the line for a score.
With nothing to seemingly play for, the Raiders still failed to attack the passer. Andrew Luck torched Oakland as he threw for 239 yards and three scores. In fact, only one Raider hit Luck. Erik Harris drilled him on a blitz. Other than that, Luck sat in the pocket, climbed the ladder and executed with precision.
With Marshawn Lynch sidelined, the run game centered on Doug Martin. Despite pedestrian stats as a backup, the Raiders entrusted Martin to carry the ball. With his lone mistake on a fumble, Martin played well. He played with some burst. Granted, no one is counting on him to replace a starter long-term.
Earlier in the week, DC Paul Guenther said the Raiders enjoyed their best practice of the week. Yet, generating zero pressure, allowing 222 rushing yards and three touchdown passes tells a different story. For all of the microphone bluster, the Raiders defense continues to fail weekly.
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In reality, Oakland will play the 49ers for the last time as California teams during the regular season. With all hyperbole aside, the Battle of the Bay promises not to disappoint. If the Raiders display the same defensive effort as they did versus the Colts, this game ends earlier.