Raiders recap: Right and Wrong
Stanford Routt
Stanford Routt
SilverandBlack.com
Posted Sep 10, 2007


After scoring just 12 offensive touchdowns all last season, there are some definitive positives that can be taken from the Raiders loss to the Lions on Sunday. There were also some things that went brutally wrong.

BY THE NUMBERS

3: Minutes it took the Raiders to score two touchdowns in the third quarter against Detroit. Before that, Oakland had gone 232 minutes, 44 seconds of actual game time without scoring an offensive touchdown.

102.7: Quarterback rating for Detroit’s Jon Kitna, who entered the game with a lifetime mark of 76.1.

5: Different Lions receivers who caught passes against the Raiders, who owned the NFL’s top-ranked secondary in 2006. Three different receivers caught touchdowns.

159: Total yards put up by running back LaMont Jordan, who rushed for 70 and caught nine passes for 89 yards.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

* Ronald Curry made a leaping 42-yard catch in between a pair of Lions’ defenders to set up the Raiders’ first score of the day. It was also the only time Oakland threw the ball deep all game.

* Stanford Routt’s third-quarter interception and 31-yard return set up Oakland’s second touchdown and breathed life back into what had been an otherwise silenced Coliseum crowd.

* Justin Griffith’s TD reception in the fourth quarter gave the Raiders their only lead of the game and is indicative of how Oakland plans to use its fullbacks more this season.

* The offensive line did a better-than-expected job of protecting the quarterback and gave up just one sack through the first three quarters. The protection broke down in the fourth quarter, but considering what happened last year, it’s still a step in the right direction.

WHAT WENT WRONG

* Center Jeremy Newberry limped off the field with a hamstring injury after a botched shotgun snap on Oakland’s first series and didn’t return. Without him, the running game never took off.

* Sebastian Janikowski’s three missed field goals were huge, no matter the distance, and cost the Raiders the game, plain and simple.

* The defense has to shoulder its fair share of blame but Detroit’s first two touchdowns came on drives of 37 and 33 yards. Hard to keep any team out with that kind of starting field position.

* For a defense that considers itself among the league’s best, the Raiders did an incredibly poor job of pressuring Lions quarterback Jon Kitna. Oakland had just two sacks and rarely even laid a hand on Kitna, allowing the veteran to operate freely all afternoon.



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