The Raiders had the perfect opportunity to finish the first half of the season with a 4-4 record and a three game winning streak, however, the Buccaneers rookie running back, Doug Martin, had other plans. Doug Martin was named the offensive rookie of the month in October, and has already established himself for the lead candidate to not only earn those honors again in November, but to also earn rookie of the year. How did he do it? By running for 251 yards and four touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders.
Once again, the Raiders got nothing out of McFadden yesterday, and to rub salt in the wound, the Buccaneers had their running back put on a show against the Raiders, Martin had the kind of game that Raiders fans had hoped to see similar from their own back, Darren McFadden. But on the day that Doug Martin ran for 251 yards on 25 carries, McFadden was limited to 17 yards on 7 carries.
We like to see Carson Palmer throw the ball, and we think he can be a very good quarterback at times, but we never want to see Palmer throw the ball 61 times in a game. With the Raiders running game once again doing nothing, the Raiders were forced to throw, throw, and throw all game. Carson Palmer threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions. Palmer did a great job of spreading the ball out among his receivers, but the positives from the 32 year old quarterback are not worth mentioning when the defense gives up 515 yards and 42 points.
We thought that the Raiders were improving after their bye and that they found a way to mitigate the weaknesses on their defense, however, we were wrong and it was the Buccaneers that showed us all how bad this Raiders defense can be.