Raiders fall apart in loss

The weather wasn't the issue in the Oakland Raiders loss on Sunday to the Green Bay Packers. They had no answer to the running, passing or return game of the Packers.


445: Yards of offense put up by Green Bay against the Raiders' defense, the second-highest total against Oakland this season

574: Punts by Shane Lechler without a return for a touchdown before Green Bay's Will Blackmon scored off a 57-yard return Sunday

23: Percent success rate on third down by Oakland's offense, which converted only 3 of 13 opportunities against the Packers

29: Yards rushing by the Raiders in the second half, 17 by Justin Fargas


* Green Bay cornerback Al Harris appeared to have his second interception of the game late in the second quarter when Oakland wide receiver Jerry Porter made a remarkable play to steal the ball away from Harris in the end zone for a touchdown. There weren't a ton of positives but Porter's play definitely stands out as the best of the bunch

* It's been a rough past few weeks for safety Stuart Schweigert, who injured his calf then lost his starting job to seldom-used Hiram Eugene, but Schweigert can take a piece of history with him after intercepting a pass off Brett Favre in the second quarter after the Raiders had coughed the ball up on downs

* Oakland actually did a good job not getting caught up in the hype of Brett Favre's 250th consecutive start, which wasn't at easy thing to do with the Lambeau crowd as fired up as they were. The Raiders didn't make a lot of mistakes early and kept close to the Packers, though it all came apart so quickly in the second half

* Andrew Walter -- you remember him -- actually looked decent in his brief appearance in the second half. While that's not a lot to hold on to, considering that Walter could very well be the back-up to JaMarcus Russell next season, it's something to build from. Walter needed the work, although you could make the case that Russell did, too


* After making a pretty remarkable turnaround in recent weeks, Oakland's special teams completely fell apart against the Packers, giving up two touchdowns to Will Blackmon and offering nothing up to compensate for the breakdowns. Easily the Raiders worst showing on this side of the ball all season

* Josh McCown reverted to his old ways, throwing several poor passes and missing receivers. His first interception was a terrible decision and was just thrown up for grabs. Just more inconsistency from the quarterback position, something Raider fans have become all too familiar with

* At some point Oakland is going to have to prove it can stop the run. That didn't happen Sunday in Green Bay when Ryan Grant repeatedly gouged the Raiders for big gains and missed numerous tackles. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's job security seems to be weakening with each passing week

* Oakland's offense had a chance to make a statement early in the first quarter when Lane Kiffin opted to go for it on 4th-and-1 from the Packers' 47-yard line, but Green Bay safety Nick Collins made a great play to drop Fargas for a one-yard loss when it appeared Fargas had open running room around the left end

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