Hey boy It’s safe to say how this week’s Bowlers and Busters will change wildly from day one to the end of the first half of this game. That’s because the Raiders made the wrong kind of history, taking a 20-point lead to lose to the Cardinals in overtime 29-23.
And it wasn’t just a 20-point lead, it was a 20-0 shutout in the half. Totally one-sided in favor of the attackers. And all that dominance went to his head in the second half.
For that reason, we’re going to start this week’s edition with Busters, saving a list of those who deserve some credit for the ending.
WR Hunter Renfro
With the score tied 23–23 in overtime, the Raiders made a stop and were driving to try to run away with the win. Renfro ended all that and the game continued to fumble, the second being recovered by the defense and back for a game-winning touchdown.
In case you need a refresher, this season both games ended with two fumbles. Last week it was Derek Carr faltering twice, this week it was his usually solid receiver who did. Double Woof.
QB Derek Carr, HC Josh McDaniels
In the second half, in which the raiders’ offense was steady and the entire team looked to slip their commanding lead, the ball was not being bowled to their best receiver. How in the world does this happen?
Adams saw exactly one pass in the second half. Carr attempted to throw Adams twice on his drive in overtime. The first was short and incomplete. The second was off-target deep and nearly intercepted.
In a game where the raiders needed just one big play in the second half, they didn’t throw for their big play receiver. McDaniels and Carr were instead content with frequent dumps and check-downs without completing a single that traveled more than nine yards through the air.
LB Jayne Brown, LB Divine DeBlo
The Raiders missed their middle linebacker. Without Denzel Perryman, Brown and DeBlo played almost every snap and were torn apart, especially in the second half.
On the Cardinals’ first scoring drive, Diablo dropped a catch and missed a tackle, while the Browns were out of position on a 29-yard pass play. The second longest game of the game. In the next play, Brown was blocked on his back to allow a 13-yard tight end screen. After two plays, Diablo allowed an eight-yard read-option pitch.
The longest game of the day went for 30 yards to open the fourth quarter and then, Brown was stopped on the play. Then on the next drive, he was crushed running backwards to skip a touchdown run from a yard.
In a game-tying drive, Brown dropped a 10-yard catch, he and Deblo caught flat-footed on an 11-yard catch. Diablo was especially brutal on that drive. He was out of position on a nine-yard run, then gave up the lead on the fourth down to allow Kyler Murray to scramble for the first down, dropping a six-yard catch and a ten-yard catch that put the Cardinals in Down on the first 12-yard-line.
RT Germaine Alumunor, RT Thayer Munford, RG Lester Cotton Sr., C Dylan Parham
The entire right side of the Raiders’ offensive line struggled in this game. Their troubles did not start in the second half, they were clearly visible from the beginning. For example, in the second game of the game, Eluemunor dropped the sack. Cotton could have helped him, but didn’t. On the same drive Eluemunor dropped a tackle for a six-yard defeat on a blazing screen play. Parm and Cotton drop a run stuff to no avail on that drive as well.
In the second possession, as the Raiders came into the red zone, Param was flagged for holding and Alumunor dropped a hit on Carr on the third down, forcing him to settle for a field goal.
Eluemunor left with an injury in rookie Munford’s side. In his first play, he was flagged for holding. A few plays later on the same drive, he dropped one run stuff to no avail and was flagged for illegal formation on the next play.
It was all in the first half. And despite all these issues, the Raiders were somehow still up 20-0.
The alumnus made a comeback in the third quarter. We know because on the first and on goal of seven, they let go of the run stuff to no avail. After two plays, Cotton dropped a hit on Carr, leading to an unfinished run, and the Raiders scored another field goal to go up 23-7.
The Raiders will get a total of eight plays in the fourth quarter. Partly because Parham dropped a hit on Carr to lead a three more outs, and a tackle on the second possession for the loss of four on one run.
Those quick possessions gave the Cardinals plenty of time to drive for two touchdowns to tie it in with successful two-point conversions and send the game to overtime.
Day Chandler Jones
Through two matches, Jones has been a non-factor. At times it seems completely non-existent. And it was against his former team, so he had a lot of motivation.
I saw him a couple of times in this game. When he missed the first tackle and left a run of five yards scoring ten. This eventually led to the Cardinals’ first touchdown. he was the one.
There were a few more times on the final drives of the game when he did not allow Murray to scramble for the first five-yard. Or when he whispers on that sack down the fourth that Murray lived long enough to receive a holding penalty in the secondary. This put him first and in target.
Jones played 78 snaps (90%). He finished with three tackles and the only play he made was second pressure after Max Crosby which resulted in a deliberate grounding penalty.