Typical game to end and epitomize this hideous season. A 13-6 loss to Jacksonville. It seems there’s always at least one facet of the game missing, like totally missing. This time it was terrible QB play and dropped balls. And the icing was the two mistakes in the end. Raiders were unable to get into the end zone from inside the five yard line in the fourth quarter…TWICE. Both times no points at all. Zero touchdowns today, at home. Kerry Collins was absolutely horrific. Of course, there were the usual negatives of poor defense in third down conversions and again losing the turnover ratio, 4-2 (though one Raider turnover was highly suspect).
It was looking good when Zack Crockett started running wild in the fourth quarter and the Raiders had a third down inside the one. Zack went in on the next play….Touchdown Rrrraaiders!…but hold the phone….a flag was thrown. A bonehead tripping penalty (mistake #1 – 15 yards) by TE Roland Williams, a veteran who should know better as it was away from the play, pushed them back and Collins threw a terrible INT two plays later. Then, after the D held, they were back down on the 3 at the end with a first and goal. I fully expected overtime, but then I remembered this was the 2004 edition of the Oakland Raiders, so I waited for something to go wrong.
First down: one yard run by Crockett.
Second down at the 2: Incomplete pass through the hands of Porter (I didn’t see this, so don’t know how tough a catch it would’ve been).
Third down: Rush up the middle by Crockett for no gain.
Time out before fourth down to prepare for the big, final play.
Fourth down: Collins fumbles the snap (mistake #2 – game over).
A pitiful 5-11 season thus ends meekly. Not a great way to end a season with hope for next.