All right Raider fans!!! It's Cpt Planet, owner of the Oakland Raiders, back with new "Raiders Report!" This year has gotten off to a shaky start. Through five week we sit with a record of 1-4. All basically one possession losses. We still have faith in the squad to turn it around and give KC a run for their money in the division. Although 4 losses may already be too many with the way the Chiefs have been playing lately. This season has been rough offensively. We drafted Rookie RB TaQuan Jasper and he has done ok but not really living up to his potential just yet. Derek Carr has been better but last couple games has been reverted back to turning the ball over in crucial moments of the game. Lets begin our weekly breakdown of how everything has shook out thus far!
WEEK 1- We traveled to Carolina in week one to play the Panthers in the season opener. This was a very close game throughout. QB Carr threw for 196 yards 1 TD amd 1INT. RB Jasper scored his first career TD but was limited to 21 yards on 15 carries.WR Sowells lit it up with 5 catches 151 yards and a TD. We took the lead in the 4th quarter 17-14. Cam Newton and Panthers marched right back into the red zone with under a minute to go. We hold them off on 3 tries inside the 10. On 4th and goal we are starting to prepare ourselves for OT since 9/10 teams will kick FG at home and try to win in OT. Carolina shocked us and all of MBL with a glorious fake FG pass for the game winning TD with no time left. We lost 21-17 on a ballsy call by the coaching staff of Carolina. Tough loss, still stings talking about it, but we got over it and onto next week vs the Patriots.
WEEK 2- In week 2 we travled to NE to face off against the Pats. We played them tough til a late rushing td put them up 23-9. We just didnt have the fire power to keep up with this very good Patriots team. Carr threw for over 250 yards but also 4 ints. We never felt like we had a chance to win this one as we lose 23-9 on the road in New England. Next up we had a couple of division games!
WEEK 3- In our home opener we took on division foe the Denver Broncos. This was a big one for us, one we really wanted/needed to win. We could not stop the WRs from being wide open. No one, I repeat, No one could guard anybody out there in man or zone. We realized in this one we will be going after a top rated CB in the draft, hell maybe two CBs as first two picks. Anyway this game felt winnable still but Carr threw 2 picks in crucial situations that ultimately sealed our fate. Down 8 marching late in the 4th quarter is when one of those INTs occured. We have to stop doing that or we will wind up a 4 win team like last year. Final score Denver won 21-13.
WEEK 4- Week 4 was at home versus the Chargers. They, like us, had been winnless through 3 weeks. This was a showdown. Back and forth all game long. We ended up with the final possession down 3 with less than 2 to play. Carr put his on his big boy pants and led us down the field and threw the GW TD to TE Banks for the game clinching score. We did miss the ensuing XP to only be up 3, but game was over as we got our first win of the season 23-20 against the LA Chargers.
WEEK 5- Week 5 was at home against the, always tough, Texans. Like in week 3 this was all about our CBs not being able to stay with guys and leaving them wide open for easy completions. We have to fix this issue on Defense and the turnover issue on offense and I firmly believe we could compete with anyone in MBL. Texans pretty much did as they pleased. The final score was 23-10 but that was with a late garbage time score from Golladay. We have to come out with better gameplan next week as we travel to Denver looking to even the season series.
With the Broncos coming up next week we are more focused than ever! Also we are slotted for the primetime game Friday night 11/30/18 9:00 PM est. All of Raider Nation needs to show up and show out with support for the guys! We will be live on twitch.tv/mblnetwork with a pregame show! Gonna be an awesome show and we plan on putting on an awesome showing of our own! Thats all for this Raiders Report as we will bringing another one out around week 9/10. Until then you stay classy MBL.