Did you hear that thud? That was the Oakland Raiders crashing back down to Earth.
The flair for the dramatic Sunday’s debacle was not. There was no sign of the team that toppled the mighty Kansas City Chiefs just 10 days ago. Instead, it was replaced by a Silver & Bleak squad many in Raider Nation so staunchly decried was false. We can no longer deny the obvious after a 34-14 defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Bills.
This Raiders team is 3-5 with their playoff hopes all but gone.
“I’m going to be me,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “I know how to lead. I know how to work. I know how to play this game. .. there won’t be a day where I stop working to be a better version of myself . . . hopefully this is a slap in the face to a lot of guys in this locker room., We can finally say, “OK, let’s take a look at things seriously.”
Too little, too late, DC. Thanks for keeping the can-do attitude, though.
The numbers are just as ugly as the Raiders season through eight games.
0 — Interceptions by Oakland. It’s now eight games the Raiders are pick-less, and according to NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano, the team is the first since 1950 to have zero pickoffs in that time span.
2 — Lost fumbles by the Raiders. There were a total four cough-ups and Buffalo pounced on two of them.
2 — Bills interceptions. Also the amount of tackles Raiders stalwart defender Khalil Mack had. The monster was neutralized in his Buffalo return.
3 — Third-down conversions by Oakland. The team faced third down 10 times and only converted three.
5 — Interceptions Bills safety Micah Hyde has — by himself. That has to burn the Raiders secondary — coaches and players, alike.
6 — Carries running back DeAndre Washington had to lead the Raiders backfield.
8 — Another one for D-Wash. His eight grabs led the team’s receiving crew.
10 — Times Oakland has given the ball away on turnovers. Truly marking how disparaging the number is, the Raiders have only six takeaways.
11 — Penalties by the Bills to the tune of 95 yards. Oakland, in comparison, had six infractions for 50 yards.
24 — Straight games the Raiders have lost when allowing a defensive touchdown. This nugget is from the Associated Press’ Josh Dubow. It’s been since 2005 Oakland won a contest where the defense found the end zone.
27 — Totes by Buffalo tailback LeSean McCoy. Shady totaled 151 yards and a score. More on that in a few.
34 — Net average on Marquette King’s boots. The usually strong-legged boomer had a groin injury heading in and it showed. He did blast a 51-yarder, but the rest of his four punts were unusually limp.
48 — Amount of yards Shady McCoy torched the Raiders on en route to the end zone. McCoy became the first tailback to rush for over 100 yards this season against Oakland.
51 — Total yards ex-Raider wide receiver Andre Holmes racked up against his former squad. He also had a pretty tip-toe TD in the corner of the end zone.
Despite all those numbers, the most glaring stat is time of possession: Buffalo had the rock for 35 minutes and 35 seconds. Oakland tallied just 24:23. The offense’s inability to maintain and keep the chains moving resulted in the defense once again being left to dry. That is truly offensive.