The Oakland Raiders need to find their footing; there’s not one member of the Silver and Black who would tell you Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks was anything less than disappointing, but they’ll have an extra week to game plan for the Indianapolis Colts who are also 1-5.
What was hyped as an exciting international battle between the Raiders and the ‘Hawks turned out to be a game in which the Raiders failed to put up more than three points, and struggled to generate much of anything on offense, defense, or special teams.
There will be a lot of evaluation this week from Head Coach Jon Gruden and the coaching staff I’m sure, considering the team has dug itself in quite a hole through the first six weeks of the season. Prior to the team receiving a few needed days of rest, let’s take a look at the snap counts from Sunday’s action.
|G Jackson||G||60 - 100%||2 - 11%|
|R Hudson||C||60 - 100%||2 - 11%|
|B Parker||T||60 - 100%||2 - 11%|
|K Miller||T||60 - 100%||2 - 11%|
|D Carr||QB||60 - 100%|
|J Nelson||WR||56 - 93%|
|J Cook||TE||51 - 85%|
|J Murray||T||50 - 83%||2 - 11%|
|S Roberts||WR||44 - 73%|
|M Bryant||WR||43 - 72%|
|M Lynch||RB||30 - 50%|
|J Richard||RB||24 - 40%||2 - 11%|
|L Smith||TE||12 - 20%||7 - 37%|
|A Cooper||WR||12 - 20%|
|D Carrier||TE||11 - 18%||14- 74%|
|J Feliciano||G||10 - 17%|
|D Martin||RB||7 - 12%|
|K Smith||FB||6 - 10%||12 - 63%|
|D Harris||WR||4 - 7%||12 - 63%|
|T Whitehead||LB||64 - 100%||5 - 26%|
|D Worley||CB||62 - 97%|
|D Rodgers-Cromartie||CB||55 - 86%||13 - 68%|
|L Hall||CB||54 - 84%|
|M Gilchrist||FS||51 - 80%||7 - 37%|
|M Lee||LB||49 - 77%||17 - 89%|
|A Key||DE||47 - 73%||5 - 26%|
|J Hankins||DT||42 - 66%||5 - 26%|
|M Hurst||DT||42 - 66%|
|B Irvin||DE||40 - 62%||5 - 26%|
|R Nelson||FS||36 - 56%||3 - 16%|
|P Hall||DT||33 - 52%|
|E Harris||SS||28 - 44%||17 - 89%|
|F Brown||DE||22 - 34%|
|E Lamur||LB||21 - 33%||5 - 26%|
|C McDonald||DT||20 - 31%||5 - 26%|
|D Johnson||LB||17 - 27%|
|S Calhoun||LB||15 - 23%||10 - 53%|
|R Melvin||CB||7 - 11%||7 - 37%|
|K Wilber||LB||17 - 89%|
|N Morrow||LB||12 - 63%|
|J Townsend||P||5 - 26%|
|T Sieg||LS||5 - 26%|
|M McCrane||K||4 - 21%|
|G Conley||CB||3 - 16%|
|T Clemmings||T||2 - 11%|
Derek Carr unable to get the offense rolling – he may have played every snap Sunday, but No. 4 was pressured and sacked all day long. The offensive line gave up six sacks to a Seahawks defense that had 10 total entering yesterday’s game. Carr completed 23 of his 31 – not bad – but was only able to total 142 yards through the air; however it was nice to see him scramble out of the pocket for 31 yards.
Amari Cooper goes down – Cooper left the matchup against the ‘Hawks early after taking a big hit to the head, and was placed in concussion protocol. He played in just 12 snaps and finished the day with zero catches – he had a 20-yard reception that was called back because of a penalty though. Hopefully No. 89 can get back to 100 percent before the team’s Week 8 return to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Miller and Parker go the distance – the pair of rookie tackles have had their ups and downs in the beginnings of their NFL career – like any rookie – but Sunday they were put to the test for a full 60 minutes. Each played all 60 snaps, and even got in the mix on two special teams snaps. Getting both Miller and Parker extended reps and more experience will continue to benefit them in the long term.
Daryl Worley featured in the secondary – Gruden and Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther have been experimenting with the cornerbacks this season, trying to find two players they can rely on consistently. In the 62 snaps he played, Worley finished the game with five tackles, one for loss, two passes defensed, and one interception.
Conley fails to register a defensive snap – the Raiders first round pick from a season ago didn’t lineup once on the defensive side of the ball. Gruden stated postgame that No. 21 is functionally still a rookie, and he’s coming along just fine, but the coaching staff wants to continue working him in with time.
“Conley’s still a young guy, we’re going to reiterate that over and over, his career is just getting started,” Gruden explained. “He had a couple plays last week that he’s gotta get better and improve at.”
Key leads all defensive linemen in snaps – the third-round pick out of LSU has all the tangibles to be a force in the NFL, and Sunday he got to showcase those abilities a little bit. Key finished the day with the most snaps among all Raiders defensive linemen, registering 47 snaps, an additional five on special teams. He totaled four tackles, one tackle for loss, two quarterback hits, and one sack.
Photos of the game action during the Raiders' Week 6 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks at Wembley Stadium.