Saturday, August 27, 2016

Titans Gameday Thread

The meaningless preseason continues on...As of this writing, it's Titans 10, Raiders 7 at the end of the first quarter.

Overall this preseason, including this first quarter, I'm bullish on the offense taking a step forward. However, the defense sure looks "same 'ol" in a lot of instances.

We shall see. Maybe it's just a fault of vanilla scheming and not wanting to tip the hand.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Linebacker play looked awful. D line getting pushed around in the middle. Thoughts?

Regards Sandy

3:43 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Titans had 276 yards by halftime, against Raiders 1st team D... after which I only watched some of the 3Q. The Raiders D has been unable to stop teams on opening drives... a carryover from last year. Titans actually scored on their first 4 drives. Mack was getting doubled a lot, and nobody else seemed to be stepping up.

Raiders once again struggled to stop the run. Once Derrick Henry entered the game, it was all over. Henry carried defenders with him. Titans have a baller in that kid (shouldn't take long for them to realize he's better than Murray).

McGloin was awful in the 3rd. He looked like a deer caught in the headlights... but he was playing behind a bad Raiders second team OL.

On the bright side, Carr looks good, and can be successful with the right play-calling. I understand preseason needs to be vanilla but the Raiders telegraph running plays like no other team. That's something that seems to carry over from one coaching regime to next....

But it's preseason and, ultimately, meaningless....

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I agree preseason is meaningless. That being said Carr looked awesome. As previously discussed with you Heeney seems far to undersized in the middle and got pushed around. Hard to tell how our d tackles played

Hopefully Nelson will be ready to go for the opener because the combo of Heeney and Nate Allen up the middle is scary.


10:35 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

I can't decide if the Raiders are playing this way because it's preseason and they are running a base defense and don't want to show their hand for regular season, or if they are really this piss poor against the run? I'd hope that it is because they are running a base defense and are not willing to show their hand; but this would be embarrassing if they don't correct this before the 11th; especially with the focus of the free agency period on the defense.

It's the same with the running game. Washington and Richard should be the ones who backup Murray, they look terrific. But I'm not seeing any push from the O-line, or any push from the D-line during the run. They have to step it up.

In other news, I'm laughing at Kaepernick. Refusing to stand for the National Anthem because of the oppressed black people in our nation. Is he protesting himself for calling Lamar Houston a "Fu--ing Ni---r" being flagged for unsportsman, and fined by the League? Was that 2014 or 15? What a noob!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Raider00 said...

I look at preseason in two ways. First, if you're an established team, preseason probably doesn't mean very much.

But secondly, if you're a team, like the Raiders, trying to improve, preseason takes on more significance.

So to watch many of the weak areas of last season appearing again during the preseason games is a bit alarming.

However, 2 yrs ago, in their last preseason game against Seattle. Raiders played a great game, but went on to win only 4 games that year. So truth is, we really won't know what any of the preseason performance means until the real games begin.

5:44 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Have to wonder, what's it gonna take for the Raiders to come out and stop the Saints on their opening drive?

On a side note, Burgess Ownens was on FOX slamming Kaepernick.

5:41 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Interesting to see Seahawks #1s against Raiders #2s. However, McGloin has not looked good this preseason. He'll undoubtedly be the #2 but only because Cook lacks experience.

Latham was outstanding last night in the middle of the DL. I'd like to see the Raiders put him in the rotation. Williams has been underwhelming in preseason.

If Autry can be consistent, he will be great. At a minimum, he'll stand out as being dominant in at least a couple games.

I feel bad for Atkinson. Kid is all heart and plays hard, but he removed all doubt about making the roster with the worst drop I've seen in a long time. He also fumbled.

Meanwhile, Washington and Richard look solid (and interchangeable). Washington is hands done a better receiver out of the backfield than Murray and Reece. These guys make things happen after they catch the ball.

Let the countdown to Sept 11 Saints game begin!

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are your guys expectations for wins this year? I am thinking 9ish. Will probably need 10 for the playoffs.

Offense looks like it could be star wars with Carr and Cooper and should be playoff caliber

Defense though improved I still worry about the pass rush until Smith (if allowed) and Edwards come back in the second half. Mack is going to have to do it himself.


5:58 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Edwards on IR is a big blow to the D. I think Carr has a good year, but the Raiders lack depth at OL, so any injury could be huge. Cooper had the drops last year and was less than stellar in preseason. He's better than that... I hope!

Wildcards: Washington and Richards. These guys are interchangeable and both can catch and run in open space. Could be interesting.

Not sure about wins, but there are many changes in the AFCW. Denver and KC should take a step back this year, and may open the door for the Raiders to win the West!

In the end, it will depend on how far Derek Carr can carry the team.

4:49 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

I think our run defense needs to vastly improve if we are to win the division. We are going to be tested early and often. I think the Saints are going to try to run it on us early, to throw a "pass defense" game plan off. I just hope Carr rams it up Dennis Allen's rear!
Here are my NFL season predictions, if it matters:
AFC East

AFC North

AFC South

AFC West

NFC East

NFC North

NFC South

NFC West

Top seeds - Jets, Steelers, Packers, Panthers
Wildcards - Patriots v Chiefs, Raiders v Titans, Bucs v Cardinals, Seahags v Eagles
Divisions - Raiders v Jets, Patriots v Steelers, Cards v Packers, Seahags v Panthers
Conference - Raiders v Patriots, Cardinals v Panthers
Super Bowl - Raiders v Panthers

1:21 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Nate, Chiefs? Really? Raiders advancing to the SB is an incredible reach for a team that hasn't sniffed the playoffs for over 10 years.

On the other hand, the AFCW is in a state of decline. Seems like every time this scenario has presented itself, we all say the Raiders need to take advantage, but they have failed miserably each time.

Now the Raiders appear to have the clout (e.g., coaching, personnel, etc.) to make something happen. The only thing that stands in their way, IMO, is the Raiders themselves.

6:27 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Tonight's game is huge for the Raiders... Carolina should beat the Broncos and put the Raiders a half game up heading into Sunday.

Problem is, the Raiders probably can't beat the Saints in NO.

Go Panthers!

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys I don't see the chiefs in a state of decline they have a couple of injuries to key players but won 10 in a row last year and have the best coach in the division. Breese is a good test of the revamped secondary but I have to agree with NY without a complement to Mack on the pass rush it could be a long day. Hopefully Carr can prevail in a shootout.

Regards Sandy

4:35 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Apparently, the Broncos are not in a state of decline either. What a huge disappointment. After qualifying for the Super Bowl, the Panthers have lost two straight games, both to the Broncos... led by two different QBs (one not named Peyton Manning).

3:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NY the Broncos pass rush is formidable and it was the difference in the super bowl and last night. Hopefully the Raiders can have that type of pressure once Smith and Edwards come back mid season.

Have a good weekend

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

Panthers went soft the second half. Didn't help that Cam had 4 helmet to helmet shots, one called for a penalty that was offset because he didn't throw the ball to the line of scrimmage. Doncos were getting away with a lot of cheap shots the whole game. Pushing down players while getting up after tackle.
I was surprised the Panthers did not utilize the blitz more and rattle the rookie QB Semen. That game made me angry. Raiders better win Sunday.

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