A week after being embarrassed by the Philadelphia Eagles at O.co Coliseum, the Oakland Raiders put together an all-around better effort this week against the New York Giants, at least defensively.
Last Sunday, Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles threw for 404 yards and tied an NFL record with 7 touchdown passes in the Raiders’ 49-20 loss.
This week against the Giants, Eli Manning managed just 140 yards on 12-of-22 passing with a touchdown and an interception.
Still, the offense could only manage 20 points – actually only 13 since cornerback Tracy Porter returned an Eli Manning interception 43-yards for a TD — and Oakland fell 24-20.
Neither team managed much offensively – the Raiders had 213 total yards, New York 251 – but the Giants managed just enough on that side of the ball for the victory.
While last week’s loss was largely on the defense, this week seemed to be an offensive letdown – but the Raiders refuse to point fingers, according to CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair.
“We played better than last week, but a loss is a loss,” middle linebacker Nick Roach said. “If we can’t do enough on our end to help our offense out, then it wasn’t good enough.”
“They’re all frustrating when you lose,” free safety Charles Woodson said. “The way we lost last week was embarrassing and this one was a winnable game. We didn’t make the plays we needed to make. We gave up some plays that we shouldn’t have given up and we didn’t come up with the win. All these losses hurt equally.”