Raiders Week 11: Keep/Discard

Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio
Nov 19, 2017; Mexico City, MEX; Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio reacts during an NFL International Series game against the New England Patriots at Estadio Azteca. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders are taking ineptitude to whole new level in 2017. There’s no escaping it. Jack Del Rio’s merry band of marauders was ransacked.

Take a look:

Completion Percentage: 71.2. NFL Rank – Last

Passer Rating – 110.5. NFL Rank – Last

Interceptions – 0. NFL Rank – Last

Takeaways – 6. NFL Rank – Last

Sacks – 13. NFL Rank – Tied Last

“That’s a good Raider football team that we saw. Really appreciate everything they did,” said New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick after Sunday’s 33-8 demolition of Oakland.

Apparently, one could add “ultimate troll” to Belichick’s resume that reads “five-time Super Bowl winner as a head coach.”

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said something similar to Belichick’s sentiments, but in a more drawn out fashion.

“To get them into third down, you got to be able to get off the field. And they’re good at possessing it, that’s what they do. They did a nice job of it and we didn’t do a good enough job,” Del Rio said. “But to me that’s the biggest thing, between that and generating turnovers. And we’re having a hard time generating turnovers. That’s the biggest area.”

There wasn’t much to keep from the deflating loss.


Giving rookies snaps.

Obi Melifonwu’s debut at cornerback was rough — he got burned by Patriots speedster Brandin Cooks for a 64-yard touchdown — and Shalom Luani got lost in the wash in the end zone on another TD. But those mistakes are great learning moments the rooks can build off of and improve upon. Trevyon Hester had a good game at defensive tackle as he provided pressure and a forced fumble.

Feeding the Beast.

Marshawn Lynch looked very spry against New England as he galloped for 67 yards on 11 carries. His longest tote of the afternoon, a 25-yard scamper, showed Beast Mode still has got it. Oh and how about giving him the rock on 4th-and-1 and not Jamize Olawale?

Cooper in the slot.

Coop has the wiggle and sizzle to make defenses pay, but I have to admit, it was discouraging to see 89’s lack of targets.


Lack of takeaways.

Like Del Rio said above, Oakland needs to get defensive back the zero interceptions. Teams have routinely imposed its will and the Raiders have been unable to respond in kind. The only thing Oakland is adept at disrupting is its fan base’s sanity.

No accountability.

This one is difficult to execute. Benchings at this point are more than warranted, but here is a truly sad fact: The Raiders lack of depth prevents that from happening. There are so few viable options, benchings would be a detriment.

The drops.

You could argue Derek Carr should be completing nearly 70 percent of his passes if not for untimely and unwarranted hands of stone his pass catchers are plagued with


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