The Oakland Raiders entered Sunday on a 3-sport winning walk. They confronted the lowly Unique York Jets. Subsequent week’s matchup with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs would possibly presumably well furthermore hold set the Raiders in pole location within the AFC West.
The full classic indicators screamed “Lure Game” Sunday.
Jon Gruden’s squad obtained trapped in East Rutherford, Unique Jersey, would possibly presumably well presumably no longer bustle away and obtained pounded by the Jets 34-3.
“We obtained our face kicked in a exiguous bit bit,” an angered Derek Carr acknowledged after the beatdown, by assignment of Vic Tafur of The Athletic. “You are attempting to undercover agent ahead and confidently, it wakes all americans up. … We better point out up (against the Chiefs) or they are going to beat us by 50.”
Just a few Raiders insisted Sunday wasn’t a entice sport.
You pronounce poh-tay-toe, I pronounce poh-tah-toe.
“We did no longer point out up and we obtained our asses kicked,” defensive form out Johnathan Hankins acknowledged.
The Raiders had been their very hold worst enemy Sunday, searching silent half-asleep for the 1 p.m. East Waft kickoff. They would possibly presumably well no longer secure stress on Sam Darnold no topic the Jets proudly owning one of many worst offensive traces within the NFL. The bustle sport turned into shut down by Unique York. And plenty of pricey drops early plagued the offense within the mucky, rain-soaked conditions.
“That turned into an infinite segment of it, nonetheless I’m no longer going to make consume of that as an excuse,” coach Jon Gruden acknowledged of the dropped passes. “They produce no longer call games off in this league. There is no longer a dome here that they might be able to set over the self-discipline. We dropped passes. Hell, we dropped four heart-quarterback exchanges within the 2nd half.
“We overlooked tackles. We overlooked self-discipline targets. We overlooked a possibility to point out our fans that got here out on the novel time what roughly soccer team we are. I’m no doubt disenchanted in it.”
For a younger, rising team, flubs adore Sunday happen. With rookies enjoying key roles on either side of the ball, the Raiders haven’t been thru the firestorm of a elephantine fashioned season of battles to know there will not be the form of thing as a Midwest Alabama Hiss Tech on the schedule adore in faculty.
The loss obtained so depressing, Gruden waived the white flag early, inserting backup QB Mike Glennon with 1:49 left within the third quarter.
For the complete goodwill the Raiders constructed up at some stage of their three-sport winning walk, Sunday’s loss to the Jets will hold critics once extra peering side-eyed at Oakland, questioning if they appear to be a team able to pushing for the playoffs.
At the same time as disheartening as Sunday’s loss is, the younger Raiders can consume it as a stepping stone to develop in some unspecified time in the future.
“As disturbing as (this loss) is, let’s be honest, these six games that we have won, no one belief we would possibly presumably well furthermore get that with who we hold now,” Carr acknowledged. “We’re silent a legitimate soccer team, then all over again it is a ways what it is a ways. We’re silent constructing that foundation.”
Oakland now sits at 6-5, on the side of a host of alternative groups vying for the very best playoff location. With games against the 7-4 Chiefs and 6-5 Titans on faucet the next two weeks, we will uncover whether or no longer Gruden’s team has adequate to beat Sunday’s huge hiccup.
“You ever been on a boat that’s sinking? It be no longer contented,” he acknowledged. “It be no longer stress-free. It be adversity, it be soccer. You ought to answer to adversity. We did no longer get a legitimate adequate job as coaches rallying our troops on the novel time. … I’m emotional about it.
“I’m no doubt anxious to secure on to the next sport.”
That sport against a division rival who’s coming off a bye week looms big for Oakland’s fast future.