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The Morning After: Red Zone failings doom

Raiders in loss to Miami Dolphins Hey Womens Derek Carr Jersey , remember the time the Silver and Black dominated for 3 quarters of the game just to completely collapse in the 4th quarter and lose? No, not that time. Not that time either! We are three weeks into the season and the same thing has happened all three weeks to the Oakland Raiders. The first week they played a far superior opponent in the Los Angeles Rams who took off at the end of the game so that one is forgivable, but the Raiders should absolutely be 2-1 right now. They should have never lost either one of these last two games to the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins.For all the controversy surrounding the Raiders decision to trade Khalil Mack, their defense has actually looked pretty good the last two weeks except for key plays down the stretch. Unfortunately that is exactly when Mack was most valuable because he is one of the best game closers ever. It's hard to not feel like he would have been the difference right now for the team in these two games.Still, the defense played well enough to win if they just got more help from the offense. Derek Carr's interception in the end zone with just 3 minutes left in the game was the nail in the coffin for the Raiders, and it should have never happened. Not only should Carr never have thrown that pass, he never should have been throwing a pass to begin with.Oakland was having their way with the Dolphins running the ball on first down all day, and Marshawn Lynch was running with ferocity. No way do you bother passing at that point, you continue to punch them in the face with Lynch and take up more time on the clock while doing so. It was a terrible play call to pass at that point, there is no other way around it. However, even if they were going to pass the ball there you certainly do not throw the damn thing up for grabs on a 1st down play from the Miami 13. There was no reason to go for it all on 1st down, Carr did not have to be the hero at that time of the game. This is what Carr has been doing ever since he broke his leg in 2016 though, when the game is on the line he just tries to do too much. What the Raiders needed at that point of the game was for the coaches and Derek Carr to both have more patience than to go for the gusto there. Sitting at 0-2 in the NFL is a very hard pill to swallow as is, but rushing the offense at the end of game 3 has them now sitting at 0-3. Rookie tackle Kolton Miller's ugly day had an exclamation mark added to it by giving up a QB hit on that play right when Carr was delivering the ill advised pass as well. It's not like you shouldn't expect your rookie tackle to have a day like that sometimes, starting a rookie left tackle will always have some growing pains. Miller had a bad game Womens Mike Nugent Jersey , but he will be able to grow from this experience.That wasn't even Miller's worst play of the day though, it was his false start penalty at the Miami 2 yard line in the 2nd quarter that wins that honor. You can not over state how bad of a penalty that was because the difference between 3rd and goal at the 2 and at the 7 is absolutely manumental. The entire playbook is open from the 2, but you become one dimensional from the 7.Between that penalty on the 2 yard line, and running Keith Smith on 4th and goal from the 1 earlier in the game the Raiders came away with just 3 points from two possessions from inside the Miami 2 yard line. That is unacceptable, and how do you not run Lynch on that 4th and 1? Did you not learn anything from Seattle's super bowl loss? As if to prove the point beyond reproach, they did give the ball to him from the 1 in the 3rd quarter when he gave his best Marcus Allen impression by soaring over the line and into the end zone. If they weren't going to run him on that 4th down play then they shouldn't have ran at all. Trying to surprise them with the fullback when the entire defense played the middle of the line of scrimmage was too cutesy of a play, they tricked nobody with that.If the Raiders were more effective in the red zone against the Dolphins they would have never even come close to losing this game. That isn't to let the defense completely off the hook though, they did allow themselves to be embarrassed on two tricky plays from the Dolphins when the game was on the line.The WR reverse pass from Albert Wilson to Jakeem Grant is the play that they'd really like to have back. The Dolphins were completely disjointed to start that play off, as long as Grant doesn't sneak away completely wide open that play was doomed. There is no excuse for letting Grant go uncovered, the play was so slow moving it was obvious that they weren't trying to run the ball on it. Albert Wilson touchdown that sealed the game was a little bit more forgivable even if equally as frustrating. The guy simply burned the defense with his speed, he saw a hole and got through it before any Raiders player could get there and then sprinted past everyone. It was right after that extremely demoralizing Carr interception though, it's hard to believe that turnover didn't effect the defense with them being torched right after that.Lastly, what is wrong with Amari Cooper? Does he really just not want to be a Raider anymore at all? When was the last time you saw a receiver that talented have so many lack of effort plays in one game? Randy Moss. He is looking just like Randy Moss did when he "played" for the Raiders and it has jump started the talk in earnest about it being time to move on from him.The first Carr interception was another ball that should have never been thrown, but no NFL receiver should give up on a play like Cooper did in that one. He just stopped and watched the Dolphin player intercept that ball. Carr is still to blame for the interception because it was an awful decision and over throw but Cooper just gave up. He didn't even try to make a tackle on the return, and that is what I find most unforgivable. So the throw was awful and the interception happened Youth Seth Roberts Jersey , why are you not sprinting towards the guy with the ball to make the tackle?? He should have been closer anyway because he shouldn't have stopped trying to play for the ball, but after you see it's going to be intercepted you are now a defender not a bystander.This whole thing is just incredibly frustrating to watch, the Raiders absolutely should be 2-1 right now and in great position going forward with the Cleveland Browns and struggling Seattle Seahawks next. Instead they are 0-3 and looking at games that should be winnable that instead feel like what else could go wrong next. This team can compete, they proved it through 3 quarters of all three games so far. Then the 4th quarter happens with the game on the line and every facet of this team just crumbles. It's surreal and unacceptable. The season is still very young at just 3 games in though so if they can figure it out they could still get on a huge winning streak, it just feels pretty naive to believe in them to actually do it. I'm not ready to give in on this season though, even at 0-3 there are still 13 games left to turn this ship around. When things are going good for this team they look like should be a winning team, but when it starts to go bad it all goes bad in a hurry. This team is better than what they are putting out there in the 4th quarter, it's up to Jon Gruden and Derek Carr to figure this out now while there is still the majority of the season left to go.Ranking the 2018 AFC West: Full teams After chipping away at this series throughout the offseason, the season is upon us so it's time to wrap it up. Based on a position by position analysis here is how I see the teams in the AFC West stacking up based on talent.Best offense - Tie: Oakland Raiders/San Diego ChargersI looked at these two teams from every angle I could find in order to break the tie and I couldn't find a separating factor. The Chargers have the best quarterback in the division in Philip Rivers, but Derek Carr is next in line for the Raiders. At tackle, the two teams are at opposite ends of the spectrum, with the Chargers duo of Russell Okung and Joe Barksdale bookending a group that gave up the fewest sacks in the league last year (18). The former Raider Barksdale didn't give up a sack at all. Meanwhile the Raiders tackle situation is the most suspect in the division with rookie Kolton Miller handed the responsibility at left tackle and Donald Penn switching sides for the first time in his long career. Where the Raiders make up some ground is with their elite interior line trio of Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson, and Gabe Jackson. Both offenses also benefit from having offensive minded head coaches.Second runner-up - Kansas City ChiefsWhile the Chiefs are starting a new young quarterback which brings a lot of uncertainties, he will have a couple of elite weapons at his disposal. The Chiefs have the division's best running back in Kareem Hunt and best tight end in Travis Kelce. They also added wide receiver Sammy Watkins to go along with the lethal weapon that is Tyreek Hill. As for the line Womens Gareon Conley Jersey , they aren't all-world, but they may have the most balance of any team in the division, with solid though not elite talent across much of the line.Dead last - Denver BroncosI don't want to underestimate Case Keenum too much. He did some good things with the Vikings last season. He just isn't on the level of Rivers and Carr and must prove it for more than just one season. What he does have is the division's top receiving corps. Courtland Sutton is a fantastic young talent who joins Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. After that, there's nothing special about the Broncos offense. They are lackluster at running back and tight end and along the line as well. Though guard Ronald Leary and center Matt Paradis are very good, the rest of the line is a bit of a question mark.Best Defense - Denver BroncosFrom worst to first when you switch to the other side of the ball. Even with Aqib Talib gone, they still have the best cornerbacks in the division led by Chris Harris Jr and Bradley Roby. They also have the best nose tackle in Domata Peko. The rest of their defensive line and linebackers are also very good including some guy named Von Miller who is joined by fifth overall pick Bradley Chubb which has the potential to give the Broncos another elite pass rush. Just what we need. Runner-up - Kansas City ChiefsThey have the best defensive interior, best linebackers, and best safeties in the division. All that has them not far behind the Broncos as the division's top defense. If they had more than just Justin Houston to rush the passer, that would make all the difference. But they do have a solid interior duo of Chris Jones and Allen Bailey. They were confident enough in Reggie Ragland and Anthony Hitchens to let Derrick Johnson walk. And of course there's always Eric Berry patrolling the deep part of the field.Second runner-up - San Diego ChargersWhat the Chargers have is the best pass rushing duo in the division. And that's saying a lot. Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa are a nightmare around the edges for opposing offenses. What the Chargers don't have is much else. They may have challenged the Broncos for the best corners, but then they lost Jason Verrett (again) to injury. But Casey Hayward is no slouch. Also pairing rookie safety Derwin James with Jahleel Addae at the safety spot could be quite good.Dead last - Oakland RaidersThis is a no-doubter. Every part of the Raiders defensive unit is suspect. There was one part that was elite. That was the pass rush. But with the removal of Khalil Mack, that pass rush threat went from rivaling the Chargers and Broncos to the worst in the division. They don't have a single position on the defense that is the best in the division. The linebackers feature a 35-year-old castoff and a journeyman backup, but Tahir Whitehead could be good. They appear to have upgraded the cornerbacks with Gareon Conley and Rashaan Melvin as the starters, but will be without third corner Daryl Worley for the first four games. And it's possible the two interior defensive linemen PJ Hall and Maurice Hurst could produce early on. Hard to count on rookies to make the difference right away though.Most talented overall1. Kansas City ChiefsThis actually surprised me. But in the end, the Chiefs do what they often do — show themselves to be one of the more balanced teams in the division. And if Pat Mahomes can turn his obvious physical talent into playmaking on the field, they could have something. The Chiefs have hung around for years Youth Tahir Whitehead Jersey , mainly because Any Reid is a good coach. But they always seem to choke when it counts. The talent seems to be there, though.2. San Diego ChargersThe offseason favorite to win the division title. They are often an offseason favorite and then get snakebit by injuries or terrible coaching. Anthony Lynn led this team to a 9-7 record in his first season as head coach. With a little bit of luck going his way, they could make another step forward.3. Denver BroncosThey stuck with Case Keenum instead of going after a QB in the draft. That may or may not have been the right decision, but what a draft they had. Getting the top pass rusher in Bradley Chubb at five, one of the best receivers in this draft in Courtland Sutton in the second, Oregon All-time leading rusher Royce Freeman in the third and outstanding slot receiver talent Daesean Hamilton in the third. It's hard to predict how rookies will perform, so they may not make a lot of noise right away. But with the talent they still have on this defense, if they could get some production from the offense, they could make a push. Though the jury is still very much out on if Vance Joseph is the coach who can make that happen.4. Oakland RaidersThis team is bipolar. They have some great talent on the offense along with an offensive minded head coach in Jon Gruden. Though the tackle situation threatens to be a major issue and the wide receiver corps is not nearly as deep or talented as it seemed back in May. But overall, a good unit returning most starters. Then they have a defense that could end up having just one position with a returning starter — Justin Ellis. Bruce Irvin also returns, having switched to defensive end from outside linebacker. And he will now be without his All-World pass rushing partner, Khalil Mack. The two of them were just about all the defense had going for it the past couple years. Now there's just serious questions. Bringing in Paul Guenther as the defensive coordinator will help, but he's only going to be as good as the personnel he has to work with. And that ain't a whole lot.Follow @LeviDamien

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