The Oakland Raiders were embarrassed on Sunday by their worst loss in 53 years. The embarrassing loss comes just one week after earning their first win of the season. Maybe they were celebrating their win 10 days before over the Chiefs, because the Raiders seemingly never showed up against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams scored touchdowns in each of their first five possessions. They added a field goal on their sixth. In a blink of an eye the Raiders trailed 38-0 with more than five minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Eventually the Rams let their feet of the gas. They scored only one offensive touchdown in the second half. At the end of Sunday’s massacre St. Louis had 52 points and the Raiders had none. The 52-point loss was the Raiders worst defeat since 1961 when they lost to the Houston Oilers 55-0. The loss to Houston came in the old AFL.
Derek Carr was pulled after throwing two interceptions and falling behind 38-0. His replacement Matt Schaub fared no better. In fact he may have been worse. Schaub threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. He fumbled twice, losing one. Both quarterbacks were sacked a combined six times with Rams defensive end Robert Quinn collecting three of them. The team turned the ball over five times. All of those were factors to the Oakland Raiders being embarrassed with their worst loss in 53 years.
The Oakland Raiders’ defense was no better either. Rams rookie running back Tre Mason rushed for 117 yards, including an 89-yard touchdown. He also added a 35-yard touchdown reception.. St. Louis rushed for 172 yards as a team. It was a complete breakdown by Oakland. Interim coach Tony Sparano called the loss “embarrassing.” Offensive tackle Donald Penn said the team did not come to play. He also hinted to the team resting on their laurels after their first win a week ago.
There was much joy after the Raiders topped the Kansas City Chiefs in primetime on Thursday Night Football back on Nov. 20. The win avoided the possibility of a winless season. A week later the Oakland Raiders were reminded how much work they still have ahead of team. Oakland slipped back to the worst record in the NFL. The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the New York Giants 25-24 for their second win of the season.
Now the Raiders must go back to the drawing board. They were handed a harsh reality check. St. Louis entered Sunday’s game with the 27th ranked offense in the NFL. Yet they scored 45 points on the Raiders. A loss like that certainly will sting, but it could get worse for the Oakland Raiders.
Each of their final four opponents has at least seven wins. Next week they face an angry San Francisco 49ers team that is coming off a tough loss to Seattle. The Following week they travel to Kansas City. The Chiefs will certainly be amped up to exact revenge. Then the Raiders will play host to Buffalo, who will be set to win to keep pace in the AFC wild card race. Finally, they close the season at Denver. Unless the Broncos have clinched everything from the AFC West division title to home-field advantage in the playoffs, the Raiders will be prime targets of Peyton Manning’s wrath. The Oakland Raiders may be embarrassed by their worst loss in 53 years, but they are still more football to play this season.
Commentary by King Motley
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