Even without the full complement of all their pieces along the offensive line, the Oakland Raiders scratched and clawed, and somehow found themselves within striking distance of the Cincinnati Bengals with just over five minutes left in regulation.
However, a 15-yard, Joe Mixon touchdown proved to be the final blow that the Silver and Black just couldn't bounce back from, and when the final whistle blew, the Raiders had fallen 30-16 at Paul Brown Stadium.
Next up for Head Coach Jon Gruden and his team is a primetime clash with the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, but before our focus shifts to the Raiders home finale, let's look back at the playtime percentages from Sunday's game in Cincinnati, and see what we can learn from the numbers.
|K Miller||T||59 - 100%||4 - 12%|
|B Parker||T||59 - 100%||4 - 12%|
|C Green||G||59 - 100%||4 - 12%|
|D Good||T||59 - 100%||4 - 12%|
|R Hudson||C||59 - 100%|
|D Carr||QB||59 - 100%|
|J Nelson||WR||57 - 97%|
|J Cook||TE||52 - 88%|
|M Ateman||WR||49 - 83%|
|S Roberts||WR||40 - 68%|
|J Richard||RB||30 - 51%||1 - 3%|
|D Martin||RB||27 - 46%|
|D Waller||TE||9 - 15%||13 - 39%|
|D Carrier||TE||8 - 14%||27 - 82%|
|K Smith||FB||7 - 12%||21 - 64%|
|L Smith||TE||7 - 12%||17 - 52%|
|D Harris||WR||5 - 8%||23 - 70%|
|D Washington||RB||2 - 3%||12 - 36%|
|C McDonald||DT||1 - 2%||40 - 50%||6 - 18%|
|D Sharpe||T||1 - 2%||4 - 12%|
|T Whitehead||LB||80 - 100%||6 - 18%|
|K Joseph||SS||80 - 100%||5 - 15%|
|M Gilchrist||FS||73 - 91%||7 - 21%|
|D Worley||CB||64 - 80%||9 - 27%|
|F Rucker||DE||57 - 71%||6 - 18%|
|R Melvin||CB||53 - 66%||5 - 15%|
|P Hall||DT||49 - 61%|
|N Morrow||LB||48 - 60%||22 - 67%|
|J Hankins||DT||43 - 54%||6 - 18%|
|A Key||DE||42 - 52%||6 - 18%|
|M Hurst||DT||38 - 48%|
|G Conley||CB||36 - 45%||2 - 6%|
|M Lee||LB||34 - 42%||29 - 88%|
|J Cabinda||LB||34 - 42%||7 - 21%|
|E Harris||SS||33 - 41%||29 - 88%|
|J Ellis||DT||29 - 36%|
|D Moore||DE||23 - 29%||9 - 27%|
|N Nelson||CB||20 - 25%||18 - 55%|
|E Lamur||LB||4 - 5%||11 - 33%|
|B Benwikere||CB||13 - 39%|
|T Sieg||LS||10 - 30%|
|J Townsend||P||10 - 30%|
|D Carlson||K||9 - 27%|
|D Kirkland||G||4 - 12%|
Good and Green go the distance – Headed into Week 15, we knew that the Silver and Black would be forced to employ a bit of a patchwork offensive line against the Bengals. Kelechi Osemele was ruled out of action Friday afternoon, and then with Gabe Jackson listed as one of the team's seven inactives pregame, the Raiders went with Denzelle Good and Chaz Green as their starting guards, and while the day was filled with mixed results, give credit to the duo for playing all 59 offensive snaps in a tough situation.
Carr adds another record – Derek Carr isn't one to hype up his individual accomplishments – that's just not his style – but that's what we're here for. Yes, the Raiders did fall to the Bengals, but in the midst of the action, Carr set the franchise record for pass attempts without an interception. All told, Carr No. 4 played all 59 offensive snaps, completing 21 of 38 passes for 263 yards and a touchdown. His interception-less streak now sits at 292 passes.
Smith finds the end zone….. Again – Well, make it three in a row for big Lee Smith. Once again, the man thought of as a blocking tight end made reservations for six, and once again, he had a pretty spectacular celebration once he got there. Smith played only seven snaps (12%), but he made the most of them, finishing his afternoon with his third touchdown of 2018.
Photos of the game action during the Raiders' Week 15 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
Joseph fills up the stat sheet – Hard-hitting safety Karl Joseph had himself quite the day Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium. Not only did Joseph play all 80 defensive snaps – as did linebacker Tahir Whitehead – No. 42 was ultra-productive as well, totaling a team-high eight tackles, while also adding a sack in the process.
Harris records a pick – Erik Harris is one of those dudes you just find yourself rooting for, and so it was great to see him make an impact against the Bengals, hauling in his first career interception. Harris played 33 defensive snaps (41%), in Sunday's game in Cincinnati, totaling two tackles, and the aforementioned interception.
Hurst returns – After missing last week's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, rookie defensive tackle Maurice Hurst returned to action Sunday, playing 38 defensive snaps (48%) against the Bengals. The powerful rookie finished his Week 15 outing with three tackles.