Oakland Raiders Teammates Tackle Each Other in Blowout Loss to the Rams
Someone call the po-po. Not content at getting shut out by the St. Louis Rams, the Oakland Raiders decided to commit some silver-on-black crime. For some reason, members of the Raiders’ special team unit decided to tackle each other. However, teammates aren’t supposed to tackle each other. That’s the first rule of NFL football. Leave it to the Raiders aka “Commitment of Excellence” to sink to new lows. Raiders linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong tackled teammate T.J. Carrie on a punt return. Worse than the play itself, the Raiders were shut out. The final score of the game was 52-0. DAMN that hurts and we imagine, so did the tackle. The hysterical gif is courtesy of SBNation.
The Rams looked were clicking on all cylinders from the start of the game. Veteran quarterback and signal-caller Shaun Hill finished 13-of-22 passing for 183 yards with two touchdowns and had another score on the ground. Rookie runner Tre Mason ran for 117 yards on the ground and had nearly 50 yards receiving. It was the game of the year for St. Louis offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who called an aggressive game and kept his foot on the gas from wire to wire.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw two interceptions and the Raiders were trailing 21-0 before the end of the first quarter. Oakland started the second half trailing 38-0. The Raiders were actually able to stop the Rams to open the second half and force a punt. But unfortunately, Raiders teammates then decided to tackle each other.
Oakland couldn’t build off last week’s upset victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Oakland was held to five or fewer plays on 11 drives while producing just 3.3 yards per snap against the Rams defense.
The Raiders may need to rethink their crowded backfield this off-season. Latavius Murray has shown promise as a young runner, but veterans Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew are a dead-on-arrival duo who give the Raiders no chance at sustaining drives.
The Raiders will probably burn the game film and try to move on from this disastrous game as soon as possible. Their next game is an out of conference matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.