Raiders did in fact look like they had everything clicking on all cylinders up until the final minutes of the game the defense held Matt Ryan to check snatching three picks in the first half alone. The “Silver and Black” defensive unit as whole to gained speed and confidence.
The running game with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson looked fresh and consistent. Carson Palmer formulated some great drives by consistently passing to multiple receivers including getting the ball out to tight end Brandon Myers and wide receiver Darnrius Moore for the needed yards to keep Oakland in the game.
Its that the one mistake came at the wrong time that seemed to shatter the win as Palmer tried a bit too hard and threw the ball into the hands of the Atlanta corner Asante Samuel, but he did make up for it rather quickly marching down the field to tie the game on the next possession like a good leader does.
But the Raiders defense was getting tired and Matt Ryan the Falcons quarterback made the Raiders defense think too fast and catch them off their feet as he provided enough yards for Matt Bryant Atlanta’s kicker to put the closing touch on this one. As the Raiders just missed their second win as the Falcons stay the only team in the NFL undefeated heading into their bye week.
For the Raiders it may have not been a win but if they can stay away from the costly penalties it’s a sign of excellent things to come as on both sides of the ball as the team is beginning to find their rhythm.