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    who frankly should just never go to England to play again. This was just as bad as the debacle a few years ago that got Dennis Allen fired, and if Jon Gruden hadn’t taken the job just this year he should be getting fired too. This was an unacceptable performance in every aspect of the game, and the low point of a season filled with nothing but low points. Let’s look at today’s winners and losers, keeping in mind that the Great Beyond is an honorary winner for correctly predicting the Seahawks to score 27 points, though he gave the Raiders far too much credit.WINNERS1) Russell WilsonAs usual, Wilson was basically Seattle’s entire offense today. He went 17/23 for 222 yards, three touchdown passes and a quarterback rating of 125.4. The Raiders tried to bring pressure, but Wilson was much too mobile and aware for that. He makes his living running for his life, and burned the Raiders for a long touchdown pass while dancing around would-be sackers in the first half. Yet another masterful performance from Seattle’s best player.2) Arden KeyMany of the Raiders players competed with no heart today, but Key wasn’t one of them. He had Oakland’s only sack on the day and had four tackles, one for a loss, and two quarterback hits. He definitely could use some more pass rush talent around him, but Key has the look of a guy who will develop into a fine pass rusher off the edge.3) Frank ClarkClark had character concerns coming out of Michigan in 2015, as he’d been dismissed from the Wolverines after being arrested for domestic violence. But since then he’s been an absolute stud on the Seattle defensive line. He kept up his strong play today with 2.5 sacks and three QB hits, and was basically in Derek Carr’s face on every play. Kolton Miller was clearly ailing with a leg injury, and Clark ate him for lunch.4) Jalen RichardIt’s clear by now that Richard isn’t going to get many carries this season. The Raiders try to force Marshawn Lynch early, and by the time it’s Richard’s turn to get some snaps, the Raiders are so far behind that they have to abandon the run. So Richard is making his living being a receiving back, and excelling at that. Today he caught seven balls for 48 yards and, sadly enough, was the Raiders’ leading receiver. With Carr under pressure all game he often went to his safety valve, and Richard did the best he could with that.LOSERS1) Jon GrudenYeah, I know they played in London and that sucks. Yeah , I know the offensive line is basically non-existent. I get all that. But this did not look like a team that was ready to compete, or play, or do anything more than go down to the Winchester and wait for this whole thing to blow over.Jon Gruden has tried to reshape this team since taking over, but he’s done nothing but destroy it so far. The Raiders look worse than last year, and are probably the worst team in football right now. They would lose to the Bills, the Cardinals, Alabama, the UC Davis women’s volleyball team and the Racing Sausages from Milwaukee’s Miller Park.Perhaps Gruden has some kind of coherent long-term plan. Reggie McKenzie’s first few years were painful too. But the Raiders have been doing this for over 15 years. Even if Gruden’s master plan comes to fruition, will he have any fans left by that point? How can he realistically keep his job that long at this rate?2) Raiders offensive lineI haven’t seen people get dominated this completely since I watched 50 Shades of Grey one night on HBO. The line couldn’t get any push in the run game and gave up pressure on almost every single pass play, allowing six sacks on Derek Carr. It’s frankly a miracle Carr was able to throw for over a hundred yards given what he was dealing with. The one time Carr threw a great pass for a long gain, it was negated by a holding penalty by Jon Feliciano. This line is a MASH unit right now with Donald Penn and Kelechi Osemele out, and Kolton Miller playing through injury, but this level of play is unacceptable for an NFL offensive line.3) The refsThe NFL wants to continue to expand its brand in Europe, and one of the best ways to make sure that doesn’t happen is by showing the people of London a penalty-ridden slogfest like what we saw today. The game had 13 total penalties, of which the Raiders were miraculously responsible for only five. But the most egregious flag was one that wasn’t thrown, on a helmet-to-helmet collision that knocked Amari Cooper from the game. In a year when the emphasis is supposed to be on limiting head injuries, one of the Raiders’ best players suffered one with no penalty assessed on the field. Way to go, NFL.4) Raider NationWe are a proud people, and nobody should ever feel sorry for us. We have chosen this existence, and many of us deserve it. But we were sold a bill of goods this year, thinking it would be different. It’s not. It’s more of the same, possibly even worse, and this front office is actively hamstringing this team with baffling moves seemingly every week. We sit and watch every game, because we love the team. And Womens Donald Penn Jersey , like a wayward child, we will always love them even when we don’t like them. But it really, really sucks to be us right now. Until next spring when we have the first overall pick. It’s Week 10 of the NFL with the Raiders taking on the Los Angeles Chargers in Oakland. The Raiders received the ball first in this one, and they provided some excitement with a successful fake punt on their first 4th down of the game. Rookie punter Johnny Townsend trotted 42 yards on the play, the biggest play of their 13 play, 80 yard opening drive. Unfortunately they needed to get 81 yards and fell short of the end zone while going for it on 4th and goal from the 1.Oakland’s defense forced a 3 and out after the turnover on downs and the Raiders got very favorable field position starting at the OAK 41 after the Chargers punt. They got down to the Chargers 39 but two straight dropped passes ended the Raiders drive there. They didn’t walk away empty handed this time though, they brought out Daniel Carlson for the 46 yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.Once again the Chargers offense went 3 and out so Oakland’s offense quickly found themselves back on the field again. Right off the bat they got 2 nice runs from Doug Martin and a key 3rd down reception from Martavis Bryant to get into Chargers territory. Everything was going good for Oakland until Derek Carr got lit up by LB Melvin Ingram on 3rd and 6 at the LA 21. Carr fumbled the ball on the jarring hit and DT Cory Liuget recovered the fumble and returned it to the Oakland 40. The Raiders defense did hold for a red zone stop though. The Chargers settled for a 27 yard field goal to tie the score at 3 but it was definitely a win for the Oakland defense.Oakland’s offense didn’t win on their turn with the ball again though, they went 3 and out. They actually punted this time, a 57 yard yard beauty from Johnny Townsend with a holding penalty on the Chargers so LA started at their own 9. They got out of the bad field position quickly anyway with a 31 yard pass to Ty Williams followed by a 18 yard pass to Antonio Gates and a 15 yard run by Melvin Gordon. They scored a few plays later on a 11 yard TD pass to Keenan Allen to take the lead 10-3 with just 24 seconds left in the half. Oakland kneeled out the remaining clock in the half so the Chargers led 10-3 at the half and then got the ball first in the 2nd half. It didn’t take them long to add to their lead, they scored on a 66 yard catch and run from Melvin Gordon. The 4 play, 77 yard drive only took 2:28 of clock and made the score 17-3 in what had been a 3-3 tie with just over 3 minutes left in the first half. Derek Carr got sacked on 3rd down on the Raiders following drive for another quick 3 and out, though at least Johnny Townsend hit another good punt. This one went 51 yards and was fair caught at the LA 25. Even better, the Raiders finally got a turnover by intercepting a deep pass attempt from Philip Rivers. Marcus Gilchrist got the interception on the punt like, toss up 3rd down pass but it was still a big turnover to end the Chargers offensive momentum. The two teams traded off punts (another good one from Townsend, this one 54 yards) after that on the next 2 drives. Then it was the Raiders that showed some signs of life, mostly thanks to Jared Cook. The big Raiders TE had a catch concert on a 3rd down play and then followed that up with a 31 yard reception down to LA 13. They’d settle for a 30 yard field goal to make the score 17-6 Chargers at the beginning of the 4th quarter.Unfortunately the Chargers matched that with a field goal of their own on their next drive. They methodically took up over 7 minutes of clock on their 12 play drive that ended with a 41 yard field goal. The points hurt with the Chargers taking a 20-6 lead, but the 7 minutes off the clock might have hurt even more with it leaving the Raiders down 14 with 7 minutes remaining.Oakland’s offense wasn’t giving up though, they quickly got into Chargers territory with a pair of big catches from Seth Roberts and one to Jalen Richard. That’s as far as they could get though, they eventually turned it over on downs when Carr seemed to not realize it was a 4th down play. He threw the ball into the dirt on a failed running back screen on 4th down, which also was a questionable play call considering it was 4th and 5 and the Raiders last real chance in the game.Los Angeles ran the clock down to just over a minute left in the game before punting on 4th and 12. Oakland’s offense then ran the rest of the clock out. Game over, 20-6 Chargers.

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