Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson (24) raises his arms after the Oakland Raiders intercepted Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7, not pictured) during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-18. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders refuse to point fingers

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.”

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  • Luis Hernandez

    Defense showed up more so than last week, but the offense was just terrible. The only positive in that game was Jennings being able to carry the load for McFadden. Between Pryor showing his inability to make decisions, to questionable play calling, this was yet another game not even worth watching. The o line was not as bad as previous games, and Pryor still was not able to make a decision and go with it. Instead, he dances around in the pocket and pats the ball way too long. If a QB can’t throw the ball effectively, you can’t expect to win many games. My faith in Pryor being the savior of this franchise has been shaken after these few weeks of poor decision making. Yea the o line this, or the play calling that, but if Pryor can’t make plays with his arm, we should look into drafting a QB. He’s made plays yes, but these passed couple of weeks are somewhat out weighing what he has done. These may be growing pains still, but throwing 5 TDs to 10 INTs, and going like 3 straight games without throwing a TD, and throwing almost 2 pick six, how patient are we going to be? Now with this MCL sprain, I’m almost curious to see what McGloin can do with a full game with the first team. Call me pessimistic, but I’m sick of watching games we should win, but end up losing. We deserve to have a winning team, and despite Pryor’s short lived success, I don’t see him being the face of this franchise next year… As far as the play calling, I don’t see Olsen being the OC next year either. We have talent on the offensive side of the ball, but he doesn’t seem to know how to bring it out on game days. The running game is good yes, but then why make Pryor throw on 3rd and 1, or 3rd and 2, or even 2 yards away from the endzone?! Can Olsen really be that stupid to not trust his run game? Questionable play calling has been the other down fall for this season. For the most part, the defense has held their own, but this offense has gone from good to bad, and from bad to worse since Hugh Jackson left. I’m hoping 2014 will finally bring in the pieces we need to have a team that can actually compete in our division, because I’m sure I speak for many raiders fans when I say I’m tired of seeing a losing team. At least the defense is headed in the right direction.

  • Derrick Jones

    Same ol song from last year play calls stink n don’t change. Pryor has been running the same plays since Sept n defenses have figured it out a small play book leads to holding the ball receivers covered same routes week after week that’s getting old. Greg Knapp my bad Greg Olson both Suck Olson has been on one plus 500 ball club as a OC. All his other ventures were no more thean 5 wins, so before we dismantle Pryor let’s look at who calls the plays over n over n over week after week n he doesn’t reel the truth.