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    The Raiders – A Story of Futility

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    The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Oakland Raiders 24-0 on Sunday in front of a half-filled crowd at McAfee Stadium in Oakland. The score alone doesn’t even begin to come close to describing how poorly the Raiders played on the field. The Raiders gained just 77 total yards of offense, the lowest yardage total for a Raiders team since the team gained only 58 yards in a loss to the San Diego Chargers in 1961. The Raiders gained only 3 first downs – the 1st of which came after the Falcons had recorded 23 first downs. Raiders Quarterback JaMarcus Russell had a 19.0 passer rating – completing only 6 passes for 10 yards (4 sacks for 21 lost yards knocked the passing yards down to 10) with 1 interception.

    The only positive for the Raiders? – the defense held the Falcons scoreless in the 2nd half.

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    On the Falcons side, the Falcons defense recorded its first shutout since the 2002 season. The Falcons also set a franchise record for fewest yards allowed in a game (the previous record was 78 yards allowed in a 1977 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). The Falcons offense scored on its 1st 4 possessions of the game – taking a 24-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. Running Back Michael Turner added 139 yards rushing on 39 carries and Running Back Jerious Norwood pitched in 63 yards rushing and a 12-yard touchdown gallop.

    The Falcons are now 5-3 and in 3rd place in the NFC South. The Falcons host the New Orleans Saints in an important intra-division Week 10 battle. The Raiders are 2-6 and in 3rd place in the AFC West. The Raiders look to rebound against the Carolina Panthers in Week 10.

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