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Usually the second preseason has the first team play a bit more than the first preseason game. Something like a quarter or a few drives. But not this year. This year the Raiders were facing the same team they will face in the season opener Cheap Derek Carrier Jersey , so neither team brought out the good china for the occasion.Even for the first preseason game we saw the first team offense and defense for a series. This game was a mass sit out with 28 players not dressing. The plus side is we got a longer look at some of the players fighting for a roster spot and for playing time. The result was some ugly, ugly football. The Raiders were scoreless at the half with just one first down with two turnovers. They managed to make a game of it late, but would end up losing 19-15.Despite to overall struggles to get out of their own way, there were actually quite a few solid performances. As usual, we start with those.BallersChris Warren IIITwo preseason games, two Top Baller spots. Warren was the workhorse back in this game, seeing 85% of the snaps and every carry. He was in the game from the first play to the last with only Jalen Richard seeing some time as a target out of the backfield. I guess they wanted to see if he could have a repeat performance of his preseason opener. He did that and kicked it up a notch.Most of Warren’s solid work came in the second half. Which makes sense because 13 of his 18 carries in the game happened in the second half. One drive in particular, the offense, after failing to get much of anything through the air all day, leaned on Warren to move down the field. He delivered with six runs for 41 yards and the touchdown to finish it off – his first as a pro.The following drive, he had a 13-yard run, 23 yards off a pitch play, and a 5-yard run to set the Raiders up for a 31-yard field goal. That’s another 41 yards and another score. The last 5-yard run put him over 100 yards on the day (104). He finished with 110 yards on 18 carries (6.1 ypc) and a touchdown. His only flaw was a couple times not picking up the blitz correctly.Paul ButlerButler quietly led the team in receiving with three catches for 35 yards. That tied with Jalen Richard who picked up most of those yards on a 29-yard catch in which Butler laid the key block. Most of Butler’s yards came on one play as well. It was a catch that went for 24 yards to help set up the Raiders’ first touchdown of the game. He added a block on a 5-yard run and got downfield on the final punt of the game, yielding a block in the back penalty that had the Rams starting their final possession backed up against their own goal line.Marquel LeeThe second-year linebacker is stacking up solid performances. In just 22 snaps, he put up 5 tackles (4 solo) which led the team at the half. He filled his gap on a run stuff and teamed up for another on the next play to send the Rams on a three-and-out on their second series.Lee added two more run stuff on the Rams fourth series, one for a loss. He also did his part on another run to fill his gap and force the runner to find another opening. His tackle for loss was on third and goal at the one-yard-line all the way out left. That was his last series of the game.Oday AboushiWhile Chris Warren III gets all the headlines for his long runs, it was blocking by guys like Aboushi opening up some sizable holes for him all day. Aboushi was a lead blocker on Warren runs of 5, 9, 8, 9, and his 3-yard touchdown run. For those unfamiliar, Aboushi is a 6-5, 315-pound journeyman who started 8 games last season in Seattle for Tom Cable. He was signed on the second day of Raiders training camp.Rashaan MelvinTwo of the first three plays for the Raiders defense were made by Melvin. He had tight coverage to force an incompletion on the first play, then on third and ten, made the tackle on a five-yard catch to force a three-and-out. He ended the next series as well with a pass defended on third and 7 for another three-and-out. He didn’t give up a catch on the long third drive and that was his day.Tank Carradine Cheap Gareon Conley Jersey , Treyvon HesterHard to say how much either provides form a pass rushing standpoint, but as a run stopper, they were superb. The second play of the second series saw Hester hold his spot to allow the linebacker to make the stop for a 2-yard gain. On first and goal from the 5-yard-line on the Rams fourth drive, Hester and Carradine teamed up to make the stop for a two-yard gain. The next play, Hester made the stop for a 2-yard gain. Then on third and goal from the one, Carradine chased the QB down the line to cut of the edge so Lee could make the tackle for a loss of one. Hester would add two more run stuffs in the game while Carradine would make a tackle on a QB scramble on third down short of the sticks.Jason CabindaThe undrafted rookie had a rough first preseason game, but he rebounding in this one and finished leading the team with 6 tackles (3 solo). He made the tackle on three of the first six plays in the second quarter with a run stuff for two yards, a tackle in a short catch, and another tackle on a catch to stop it at four yards on third and seven. He had two more run stops in the third quarter, one on third down to force a punt. And in the fourth quarter he teamed up for a run stuff for no gain.Shilique CalhounCalhoun was making his home in the Rams backfield. He would have been higher on this list if it weren’t for a couple costly stupid penalties. The first one was the first time we heard his name. It was on third and two and he hit the quarterback after the throw and was flagged for roughing the passer. That gave the Rams a fresh set of downs.For Calhoun’s part, he atoned for his mistake in those fresh downs, rushing around the edge to force the QB to step into a sack by Maurice Hurst. Then on third and 18, he hit the QB as he dumped the ball off for a short gain. The next series he had a tackle for a loss of three to help hold the Rams at a field goal.Calhoun would end his day as it began – with a big play and a costly penalty. With the Rams backed against their own goal line, he broke through the line to make a tackle for a loss of three. It was looking like they would have to punt it away out of their own end zone and give the Raiders one more shot at pulling out the win. That was snatched from them when Calhoun yanked on the running back’s facemask. The Rams were then able to kneel out the clock.Antonio HamiltonJust like Calhoun, Hamilton had a great day that was marred by a stupid penalty. His first potentially big play was on 4th and goal from the one-yard-line. He came up to put a helmet on the ball and knock it out of John Kelly’s arms for a fumble. Unfortunately, Kelly got a favorable bounce and recovered it in the end zone to score anyway. It could have gone the other way, though, and Hamilton did his part to make that happen.The next time the Rams were down and goal to go, Hamilton was again a thorn in John Kelly’s side. Kelly got the ball and tried the left side only to have Hamilton string him out all the way down the line, not giving an inch all the way out of bounds.Early in the third quarter came Hamilton’s stupid penalty. He made the stop on a short catch and then as the whistle blew to stop the play, he lifted up the receiver belly to back and slammed him to the turf. The penalty gave the Rams a first down well inside Oakland territory. Hamilton did his best to atone for it, having a pass defended followed by tight coverage for an incompletion on third and 13 that forced a field goal.James CowserHe had the one takeaway in the game for the Raiders. The Raiders had just pulled to withing seven points and on the first play of the next drive, Cowser dropped back, read the QB’s eyes, and had perfect position to pick off his pass. He returned it 15 yards and set the Raiders up at the LA 21-yard line. They scored a few plays later and opted to go for the lead Youth Donald Penn Jersey , but the 2-point conversion failed and they remained down 16-15.Maurice HurstHurst’s first play was a run stop on third and goal from the 11-yard-line that ended the Rams drive at the end of the first half and forced them to settle for a field goal. His day was done at that point after 19 snaps. On the first drive of the third quarter, Hurst had his first sack as a Raider. Much like his draft classmate PJ Hall did last week, he got pressure up the middle and when pressure came from the outside, he was there to make the sack. That’s what the Raiders want from the two of them. Honorable MentionGareon Conley – played nine snaps and didn’t give up a catch.Nicholas Morrow – Was in on quite a few tackles, finishing 3rd on the team with 4 combined (2 solo).Jylan Ware – Laid key blocks on Warren runs of 13, 23, and 5 yards on the Raiders’ first two scoring drives. Also didn’t give up any pressures.Griff Whalen – Made the Raiders only touchdown reception, reaching back with one hand to make the catch at the goal line to put the Raiders within one in the fourth quarter.Continue to the BustersTell The Truth: Raiders can’t corral the Broncos At halftime on the road the Oakland Raiders were giving the Denver Broncos all they could handle. Coming out of the break there was a completely different story. The Raiders were able to keep pace early but eventually fell victim to the stampede. Making history and breaking rules Derek Carr rebounded from a shabby game with an NFL-record setting performance completing 29 of 32 passes for a 90.2% completion rating (NFL record for minimum 30 attempts in a game) for 288 yards and one touchdown. It’s long been the case that when Seth Roberts caught a touchdown pass the Raiders have won. They were 10-0 in games Roberts caught a TD pass. That streak ended Sunday. With 5:31 seconds remaining in the third quarter Roberts gave the Raiders a 19-7 lead and its last score. But the comeback made by the Broncos defense to shutdown the Raiders conservative offense and the offense would score just enough to win.Why was the defense exhausted down the stretch?A lot of people seem content to attribute the Raiders lack of being able to close games out to running out of gas. This is ultra concerning to me and a budding source of anger for head coach Jon Gruden. His defense being too tired to do their jobs with the game on the line is inexcusable. The Raiders defense was on the field for a total of 9:28 seconds in the first half against the Broncos and 8:29 seconds against the LA Rams. In the third quarter the Raiders were on the field for 8:24 seconds against the Broncos and 11:02 seconds, hardly enough time to allow them to be as spent as they were. In the 4th and final quarter the Broncos had the football for nine minutes and the Rams had it for 8:58 seconds.So if we add the numbers and subtract the excuses from controlled explanations we arrive at this conclusion. The Raiders defense had been on the field for 17:57 seconds out of 45 minutes headed into the fourth quarter against the Broncos. They ultimately went down to the last seconds of the game and couldn’t maintain the lead when they were well-rested.What the hell is going on? Is it a lack of reps in the preseason? The starters didn’t play long during the preseason if at all around the league and the result has been sloppy football all around. There really was no reason aside from the elevation getting to the Raiders as to why they were dead-dog tired when they had barely been on the field.A pass can be granted to those who were getting play time fresh from their couches. But not from the captains.Checking off the keys to victory1. Derek Carr must re-master himself: YepThe record setting performance was a sight to behold in itself. Carr was on fire and moving the offense at will until they hit the redzone.The best thing I saw from Carr was this incredible heater dropped off to Seth Roberts. After seeing this and the totality of his performance it leads one to believe that Carr is regaining his composure and will be fine.2. Getting Pressure: NopeMaurice Hurst got one sack on Case Keenum and that was with the aid of a bad shotgun snap. There were only 4 hits in the quarterback in total, on a more positive note it’s the rookies who have been getting to the quarterback. Hurst recorded the sack and Arden Key recorded two hits on the qb. Sadly once the Broncos went to max protect the pass rush ceased and Keenum was able to lead his team to victory.3. Block Von Miller: YepTruth be told, with the exception of the strip sack of Carr which was overturned because of a defensive holding call, Tom Cable and the offensive line did a fantastic job of neutralizing not only Miller but Bradley Chubb as well. Throughout the offseason fans have been hard on rookie Kolton Miller, but he hasn’t been mentioned hardly at all during games which is an excellent sign that he is doing his job well. 4. Establishing the run: IncompleteThe Raiders used the running game to complement the pass. Marshawn Lynch scored again for the second week in a row got the Raiders on the board first. Raider fans need to understand something about this rushing attack. Lynch is a power back, I have nothing but love and respect for his game and what he has accomplished, but I have to point out an observation. Lynch is fine running downhill, but at the ripe old age of 32, Father Time has come for some of his gifts back. What has been put on tape is Lynch’s limited secondary burst. Compare when Lynch hits the hole and continues versus when going to the stutter step, stopping, and/or attempting to change directions. You will quickly find out when he stops his feet for either reason he is far less likely to evade the defender without going thru him. The Raiders offensive line and Lynch are still trying to find their rhythm. They have collaborated on some beautiful displays of power in bulldozing Lynch into the endzone and across first down markers. They have also opened up some holes which need to be utilized. It’s going to take some time because like many teams around the league the starters didn’t play much together. But and this is a major issue which needs addressing, when the Raiders need to run the football they can not. In short yardage situations they get stuffed, when attempting to run out the clock they can’t keep the chains moving. It was a contributing factor to the loss against the Broncos. With a couple more first downs they could have ended the game emerging victorious and holding back the Broncos.5. Raiders don’t beat themselves: YepIn terms of penalties the Raiders had a much better and a much cleaner game in terms of penalties. This was a major improvement for them as they were shooting themselves in the foot previous week against the Rams.Final thoughtsAnother winnable game slipped through the fingers of the Raiders as a blocked extra point was the margin for the Broncos victory. Carr was sensational but not perfect, while both he and Amari Cooper appeared to be much more in sync, Carr missed an opportunity to get Cooper his first TD of the season instead of opting for a field goal. The Raiders are going to need to solve their “conditioning” issue on defense in order to preserve leads and victories. Once again the Raiders dominated nearly all of the stats except for points. There were many more good signs than bad, and it is a matter of time before they get their first win of the season. With Miami and Cleveland coming up in weeks three and four respectively they can get back to .500 early and re-enter the hunt for the AFC West.

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