The Oakland Raiders followed up a season high with a franchise low on Sunday. Ten days after beating the Kansas City Chiefs at home for their first win of the season, the Raiders failed to show up in St. Louis and were blown out of the water by the Rams, 52-0. The Raiders finished the second quarter trailing St. Louis 38-0 — the worst first half deficit in franchise history — and failed to even make it into the red zone once during the 60 minutes of play.
It was the first time all year that the Raiders, who have become known for their garbage time prowess, were unable to put any points on the board.
Rookie quarterback Derek Carr had one of his worst games in the NFL with two interceptions, no touchdowns and only 173 yards passing while averaging a sad 4.4 yards per attempt. The running game, which was missing Latavius Murray, struggled as usual. Raiders backs combined for 60 yards on 20 rushes, averaging three yards per carry (though, to be honest, it sure looked more like one to two yards per carry).
On defense, things were even worse. The Rams were able to put up 52 points on only 49 offensive snaps while only completing one of their eight third down opportunities. Normally, completing only one third down would be a recipe for disaster, but the Rams were able to score so frequently and with such ease, they rarely found themselves in third down situations. And when they did fail to convert, it was no stress off of their backs since they knew the ball would be coming back to them soon enough.
But offense and defense were not the only places where the Raiders sought to reach all time lows. You would have thought that with all of those scores, at least the Raiders’ kick returner, George Atkinson III, would have a nice NFL debut. An undrafted rookie free agent, Atkinson has spent most of the season on the practice squad before being promoted this week due to injuries. On three return attempts, Atkinson (or GA3 as some Raiders fans have taken to calling him) looked flat out bad. He honestly looked as though he was not ready to play at the NFL level, frequently taking the ball out of the endzone and only barely being able to get past the 10-yard-line.
Just when you thought the Raiders were ready to be more competitive, they showed that if they really put the effort in, they could prove that they are the worst team in the league — not just in their record, but in how the perform on the field. After this performance, there is no more confusion among those who follow the NFL….
The Raiders are easily the worst team in the league, and that’s the end of discussion.