The Raiders fell to the Kansas City Chiefs this afternoon, their first loss at Arrowhead stadium in six years, as the Chiefs defense overwhelmed the Raiders’ patchwork offensive line.
The Raiders came into game missing their starting left tackle (Jared Veldheer) and center (Stefen Wisniewski) to injury and during the course of the game they also lost their 2nd team center (Andre Gurode) and right tackle (Tony Pashos).
By the end of the game, the Raiders had a completely retooled offensive line in which most every player was playing at a spot other than their best position – LT was manned by RT Khalif Barnes, LG was manned by Lucas Nix who is probably better at RG, C was manned by Mike Brisiel who is the team’s starting RG, RG was manned by backup Lamar Mady and RT was manned by backup tackle Matt McCants.
The result of so much shifting and replacing was a terrible game by the offensive line. Not only were there poor running lanes but Terrelle Pryor – one of the biggest, strongest and fastest QBs in the NFL – was sacked an NFL record-tying 10 times.
Pryor was also picked off 3 times, making this by far his worst outing in the NFL. However, it was clear that Pryor lost the confidence of his starting lineup as the hits and pressures kept on coming and he was trying to do too much by the end of the game.
The Raiders further struggled with penalties, getting flagged 11 times for 68 yards, many of which were false starts on the offensive line that struggled with the loud Kansas City crowd much of the game. In fact, the Chiefs fans were trying to – and, according to the team’s twitter feed – succeeded in setting a world record for the loudest outdoor stadium with Guinness officials present to confirm.
Perhaps nothing summed up the afternoon more than a combination of false starts and sacks that, at one point, gave the Raiders a 3rd down and 48. Terrelle Pryor had to throw the ball away after almost getting sacked on the 3rd down play, as well. The resulting punt didn’t even get to the first down marker – that’s how far back the Raiders offense was pushed back.
The loss dropped the Raiders to 2-4 on the year and they limp into the bye week and hope to get healthy. The Raiders will use the next week to try to get their offensive line healthy.
The Raiders play the Steelers at home after their bye. The Steelers got their first win, today, and are definitely a beatable team. The Raiders then play host to the mediocre Eagles, who are 3-3 after beating winless Tampa Bay today, giving the Silver and Black back to back games at O.Co Coliseum against the Pennsylvania teams.
After that, the Raiders go on the road to play the still winless Giants and the struggling Houston Texans before coming back home. All four of these games are winnable and the Raiders need to use this bye week to help springboard themselves into the best position to take advantage of this section of their schedule.