On the only Raider touchdown in Philadelphia, Derek Carr found Amari Cooper wide open after a slant and go fooled the Eagles secondary.
The play went for 63 yards and a touchdown; it represented 45 percent of Derek Carr’s passing yards on the night.
It begs the question: why did the Raiders stop taking shots down the field?
“So obviously once we hit the first one, they weren’t going to let us have another one,” Carr said after the game.
That quote epitomizes the Raiders offensive struggles. They are not aggressive, instead they are reactive. The defense dictates the Raiders offense.
The worst example came in a loss to Buffalo, where the Raiders called a hail mary on the final play of the first half, but Carr checked it down to his running back. Carr’s reasoning was that Buffalo had too many defenders in the end zone.
In Monday’s loss, the Raiders went for it on fourth down. The playcall had just one receiver – Michael Crabtree – running down field. Crabtree was double covered, so Carr threw the ball out of bounds.
On fourth down.
Carr was so afraid of throwing an interception and making a mistake that he never gave his team a chance by lobbing a fourth down pass out of play.
The Raiders have the fifth most expensive offense in football. Carr has the second largest contract in NFL history. But the Raiders never enforce their will on defenses.
Instead they take what is given to them, which is often checkdowns that result in insignificant yardage.
The Raiders now rank 23rd in points scored and 19th in total yards. The offense is atrocious.
They have scored under 20 points nine times. Oakland is 0-9 in those games.
Offensive coordinator Todd Downing is likely on his way out after the season. Some new life on the coaching staff may put the Raiders back among the top 10 offenses in the NFL.
But for now, the offense is playing scared.
Tyler Bischoff hosts Coaches Corner on AM 720 KDWN Monday through Friday at 6:00 pm.