Normally when I write these articles, I do an introduction of who is playing who and what they did the week before. Then, the paragraphs that follow usually have something to do with how a drive ended. Was there a field goal? A touchdown? Maybe there was a turnover. Well, there was a lot of scoring in this game. Below you will see a list of all the scoring plays.
Tre Mason caught a 35-yard pass from Shaun Hill for a touchdown. Greg Zuerlein made the point after.
Hill scored on a two-yard run. Zuerlein made the point after.
Tavon Austin scored on an 18-yard run. Zuerlein made the point after.
Mason scored on an 89-yard run. Zuerlein made the point after.
Cory Harkey caught a four-yard pass for a touchdown. Zuerlein made the point after.
Zuerlein kicked a 38-yard field goal.
Mason scored on an eight-yard run. Zuerlein made the point after.
Trumaine Johnson scored on a 43-yard interception return. Zuerlein made the point after.
Those are all the scoring plays for the Rams. Now, what about all the scoring plays for the Raiders? Well, I’d like to talk about that. But I can’t. That’s because they didn’t score a single point. They played so badly that they made a team with a four and seven record look like future Super Bowl champions. After a good win in the previous week against the Chiefs, the Raiders came out looking flat, uninterested and stupid. So, what’s your excuse this time? You don’t like domes? You can’t win in the central time zone? What really is disturbing is that these “Raiders” got paid to play that badly. Must be nice.
There’s some interesting stats from this game. The Raiders had the ball for nearly 37 minutes and ran 75 plays. The Rams had the ball for 23 minutes and ran only 49 plays. Despite having the ball for such a short amount of time, they out-gained the Raiders in total yards 348-244. The Rams averaged 7.1 yards per play while the Raiders averaged 3.3 yards. The biggest stat of all is turnovers. The Rams didn’t turn the ball over and the Raiders turned the ball over five times.
It was the same old garbage. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson was his usual idiotic self and did his usual horrible play calling. How many times are we going to see McFadden run up the middle for a gain of two? Head coach Tony Sparano looked like he’d rather be in Miami. After the game, he said the team would “bounce back.” Yeah. Sure they will. Actions speak louder than words, Mr. Sparano. A few weeks ago, I mentioned Derek Carr having a “deer in headlights” expression in his eyes. Well, this time, his eyes were even wider. He was running for his life and was sacked several times. Matt Schaub replaced him and didn’t fare any better. It was truly a horrible game to witness. Up next is a home game against the San Francisco 49ers. They got beat up pretty badly on Thanksgiving by the Seattle Seahawks and they really need a win to stay in the playoff hunt. If the Raiders play as badly as they did against the Rams, the 49ers will have no trouble getting a win. Until then, take it easy.
The Fed Up Raider Guy