Sunday, November 26, 2006

Halftime Take

As I said in my earlier take, making the most of broken plays is not a strategy. Brooks is working his magic again, eluding sacks and running for positive yards. But he needs some playcalling help if he's going to break our no-touchdowns-in-the-second-half curse. Our offensive line is playing a bit better with Slaughter and Hulsey on the left side, but it's not enough to consistently contain the rush. I'm seeing a lot of broken play-action plays. Time for something new. The second half curse must be broken. Touchdowns must be scored. Our defense is giving us every chance to win this game.


Blogger RaiderRealist said...

It looks as if Walsh and company have finally made some halftime adjustments, we actually scored in the 2nd half. That illegal forward pass call is a bunch of bull. I immediately thought of the Plaxico Burress play that Randy Cross mentioned. What is it with questionable calls going against the Raiders? First the Snow Job, and now this?

4:02 PM  
Blogger StickUm25 said...

For anyone who doesn't believe we get screwed on a regular basis . . . even die-hard niner Cross said it was a horrible call!

4:06 PM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

I can't wait to hear what excuse Mike Pereira has to say about this Wednesday night on NFL Network.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Jason Culley said...

Horrible call on the spike, fumble, forward pass or whatever it was! Hey anonymous do you have such a sad life that you have to post continuosly on a Raider blog about how much you despise us yet seem to come back all the time?

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worst call since the tuck rule BS. My name may have SD in it, but that's only because I live here now and bodyboard. I'm from Livermore and have been a Raider fan all my life. Lots of positives today, but I'm so sick of having to play against not just the the other team, but the refs and the NFL. That flip flop crap was f*%king pathetic. I'm sure we'll get a letter from the NFL this coming week saying how the refs blew sad this only happens to us.

5:45 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I'll say this much, it was entertaining. Slaughter and Husley are a better tandem on the left (in their first game together) than Gallery and Sims, and I didn't miss Jordan at all. Moss is barely a third receiver on this team.... Once again, he made no attempt to defend a potential interception (on an overthrown ball). Our defensive secondary is for real!! So many broken passes today... and with only 4-man rush all day. (Although one major wiff by Washington on the LT TD pass to Gates.) LBs have awesome speed and side-to-side coverage.

The refs should have just called the "tuck rule" on the so-called illegal forward pass by Jackson. At least we Raider fans could understand that call. I believe Jackson was definitely trying to tuck the ball under before it slipped out of his hand a spiraled to the ground. What a crock of S@#$. Jackson is a F-in clown (remember the Brayton incident from the 1st game).

5:49 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

The 1 pivotal play (and the difference between a "W" and a "L")in the entire game was the Brooks interception with 13:50 left in the 4th quarter. The Raiders are up 14-7, on the Chargers 25, and well within Sea-Bass' range.

Instead of going up 17-7, going up by 2 scores, and maintaining the momentum, this interception opened the door for the Chargers to quickly tie the game from a short field.

This throw by Brooks was totally inexcusable for many obvious reasons.

(1) The Raider WR wasn't open and Jammer was already between the QB & the WR.

(2) It was 3-15 and a reception wouldn't give us a 1st down anyway.

(3) The down, distance, clock, and score ... this is where a smart QB throws it away knowing 3 points would give his team a 2 score lead.

Unfortunately, this is the knock on Brooks. The bonehead plays. For all of his physical abilities, the Chiefs INT and this INT were bad reads, bad throws, and game killers.

9:26 PM  

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