Rapid Reaction: Oakland Raiders
November, 10, 2013
By Paul Gutierrez | ESPN.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 24-20 loss to the New York Giants:
What it means: As opportunistic as the Raiders were early -- all 17 first-half points came on Giants turnovers -- Oakland’s offense was just as inconsistent. One yard from going up 24-14 midway through the third quarter, the Raiders instead could not punch the ball in and had to settle for a field goal. As a result, Oakland’s losing streak in games played in the Eastern time zone reached 12, dating to Dec. 6, 2009, while it's gotten outscored by a combined 379-198. In fact, the Raiders are now 5-29 in games played three time zones away since Dec. 15, 2002.
Stock watch: Falling -- Terrelle Pryor. Yes, Pryor was playing on a bad wheel with his tweaked right knee. And the offensive line offered little help. Same with his receivers. But Pryor looks to have regressed. At halftime, Pryor was 3-of-12 passing for 27 yards. And his third-quarter interception -- he tried to squeeze a pass between three Giants to Denarius Moore -- was a backbreaker as New York returned it to the Raiders' 5-yard line. Pryor's decision-making has come into question as well, even before his lost fumble on a strip-sack in the fourth quarter. He finished 11-of-26 for 122 yards.
Porter owns the Mannings: Tracy Porter's 74-yard pick-six of Peyton Manning sealed the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl XLIV victory over the Indianapolis Colts. And Porter’s 43-yard pick-six of Eli Manning gave the Raiders a 17-14 lead late in the second quarter. Porter is the lone NFL player to have returned interceptions for scores against both Manning brothers.
Jennings shows up: With Darren McFadden out with an injury, Rashad Jennings was a more-than-capable replacement. The hard-running Jennings finished with 88 yards on 20 carries. So it was strange to see the Raiders not call his number three straight times when they had a first-and-goal from the Giants’ 1-yard line in the third quarter.
What's next: The Raiders (3-6) play at the Houston Texans (2-6, entering Sunday) for the first time since the Immaculate Interception, when Oakland had a game-ending interception in the end zone with only 10 players on the field the day after Al Davis passed away. The Texans are expected to regain the services of coach Gary Kubiak for this game after he suffered a mini-stroke last week, though running back Arian Foster is reportedly headed to season-ending injured reserve on Monday.