December 13, 2010

The Good, The Bad...........

The Good

Darren McFadden had a career day for the Raiders in the loss. The third-year running back ran for 123 yards on 16 carries for two touchdowns on runs of 51 and 36 yards. On the receiving end, he had three catches for 87 yards and his lone receiving touchdown was a 67 yard catch and run that opened the scoring in the first quarter.

Jason Campbell turned in a perfect first half, with a 158.3 passer rating. He completed 78.6 percent of his passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns in helping the Raiders build a 10-point lead.

There was a Darrius Heyward-Bey sighting as he caught a pass early in the second quarter, his first reception since Halloween. He went five games between receptions, though he missed one of those with a hamstring injury. Heyward-Bey wasn't through for the day. He added a 24-yard reception late in the second quarter that set up the Raiders' second touchdown.

Raiders second-year safety Mike Mitchell intercepted Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard late in the second quarter for the first pick of his NFL career. He is the sixth Raiders defensive back with an interception this season.

We only lost by 7, to a Division leader.

We are not out of the playoffs, just yet!

The Bad

SD Won, which was only good if we did too!

The Raiders squandered a 10-point lead and wasted a 476-yard offensive showing, including 209 total yards and three touchdowns by running back Darren McFadden, in a 38-31 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Michael Huff allowed two passes for touchdowns. Three of David Garrard's 11 completions went for TDs.

Running defense: The Raiders succeeded in limiting the effectiveness of Maurice Jones-Drew (101 yards) until he scored the game-deciding touchdown on a 30-yard run. They also allowed backup Rashad Jennings 109 yards on only five carries, including a 74-yard TD run.

Jacoby Ford fumbled a third-quarter kickoff that the Jaguars recovered and scored a lead-changing TD.

Kyle Boller came in and connected with tight end Zach Miller on a 20-yard strike. Just four plays later he would throw an interception, ending his day.

Deji Karim's 65-yard kickoff return set up the Jaguars' game-deciding touchdown, seconds after the Raiders tied the game.

What they said
Player Quotes

"It's good to make plays out there and help the team," he said. "We're capable of making plays and we showed that (Sunday). We're also out there blocking, helping Darren (McFadden). When he gets to that second level, we're blocking defensive backs so he can get to the end zone. We're just doing our job."

“The turnover on the kickoff return was big,” said head coach Tom Cable

“Just too many big plays defensively,” Cable told reporters after the game. “We gave up too many to get some offensively. And I thought the turnover on the kickoff return was big. So those two things were really the difference in the game. We played our tails off, just too many big plays.”

"I got (a stinger) at the same time he slammed my head to the ground," he said. "I had a headache at the same time and a stinger down my left shoulder. I was laying there and everything was dizzy. I didn't think it was a concussion."

“I don’t even know where the guy came from,” Ford was quoted. “I just hit the hole and the ball just kind of came out. I’m probably not going to let that one go for awhile because that was a big momentum swing in the game . . . that’s hard to swallow and it’s on me.”

"Hats off to Jason," receiver Louis Murphy said. "He's a warrior. He plays when he's hurt and can't move, and always fighting. I knew he would come back in the game."

"He's pretty tough to be coming back from that and playing as well as he did when he came back in," Miller said

“I felt that was the worst third quarter of my career,” Huff said. “I shouldn’t have given up those two touchdowns.”
"Anytime you give up that many big plays and points," Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour said, "you put your offense in a tough spot. We had way more than enough points to win this game, and we have to hang that on our hats."
"That makes it tougher because you're expecting to win (Sunday), and then with what's going on with Kansas City, you're like, 'OK, we'll be a step closer,' " Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said of the Chiefs being without starting quarterback Matt Cassel. "There's still hope. ... The thing was, we were in position to kind of take control of it. So, now you're getting to the point where you need different things to happen for you to get in."
Well, here it is. Final games and our playoff hopes ride on the competition. We can still make it, but we are at the bottom of Mt. Everest looking up.
Kansas City: at St. Louis, vs. Tennessee, vs. Raiders
San Diego: vs. 49ers (Thursday), at Cincinnati, at Denver
Raiders: vs. Denver, vs. Indianapolis, at Kansas City

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