It’s week 6 for the Raiders and I wish I could say things look to be getting better but unfortunately Raiders are going into Atlanta to play a 1pm est game against the hottest team in the NFL . The Falcons are off to their best start in their franchise history meanwhile the Raiders are off to one of their worst starts in franchise history. Raiders will be facing off against a familiar foe in Tony Gonzalez who leads the league with 39 catches while totaling 388 yards and four touchdowns. He caught 13 passes for 123 yards and a score against the Redskins. The former Kansas City Chiefs star and media darling has faced Oakland 23 times and recorded 110 receptions for 1,473 yards – his most versus any opponent – and eight TDs. Stopping the Falcons will be almost a impossible task considering Raiders allowed opponents to complete 71.5 percent of their passes and has recorded only three sacks and forced three turnovers. Richard Seymour A.K.A Mr Positive in Oakland knows this teams has been awful “You’re not going to win many games in this league if you can’t win on third down,” defensive tackle Richard Seymour said. Well at least the Raiders offense can score points and keep up right? Nah they have been just as bad. Oakland totaled a season-low 237 yards in a 37-6 loss to the Broncos on Sept. 30. The Raiders have converted on 27.5 percent of third downs and are averaging 3.4 yards on the ground.
Darren McFadden rushed for 113 yards with a TD in a 34-31 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 23, but he’s gained 88 yards with no scores in the three losses. So things don’t look so good there so let’s take a look at the numbers
RAIDERS OFFENSE—OVERALL (25), RUSH (32), PASS (12)
RAIDERS DEFENSE—OVERALL (25, RUSH (24), PASS (28)
FALCONS OFFENSE—OVERALL (12), RUSH (21), PASS (7)
FALCONS DEFENSE—OVERALL (17), RUSH (27), PASS (7)
So that’s not good what is also very troubling is Darren McFadden has been held under 35 yards rushing in three of Oakland’s four games. Raiders rank last in league in rushing, averaged just 60.8 yards per game. It can’t get any worst right? Wrong. Oakland is only converting 28% of its third down opportunities. Good teams convert 40% or higher. Oakland isn’t even close. They have only converted 14 times all season long. That’s not good. The Raiders defense is just awful as well they only have 3 sacks on the whole year. Raiders don’t just have to worry about Matty Ice who is the second-rated passer in league (106.1) they also got to stop the run. Falcons are ranked 21st in the NFL but they are averaging nearly 100 yard per game on the ground. Raiders fans been hoping that the debacle that was last Sunday in Denver would be the end of Greg Knapp’s zone blocking scheme but head coach Dennis Allen broke Raider Nations heart when he said “You can’t throw everything out and just start over in the middle of the year,” “There have been a few tweaks, a few emphasis points but nothing like a drastic change other than we’ve got to execute better.” Allen has seen progress in practice. “I have,” Allen said. “We’ll see what it looks like when we go out and play Sunday.” Well with that said lets go to the predictions can you guess what it is?
Oakland has always had a tough time palying 1pm est games and it’s not going to make anything easier playing against the Falcons. Raiders secondary is the worst secondary I have ever seen in the NFL. Matt Ryan is playing better tha any QB this year so far and I think it’s fair to say he is a much better QB than Ryan Tannenhill and we all know what he did to the Raiders. Raiders will have no answer for Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White. I also think Micheal Turner has another 100 yard game. This will not end well.