Four reasons the Raiders scored only 16 points against NFL’s worst defense

first_imgThe Raiders ran for a sole first down, their fewest first downs via the ground all season.“We were two possessions behind at the end of the half and we had two-minute opportunities, and then we had some two-minute opportunities at the end of the game,” Gruden said. “We fumbled the ball on a running play. We had some penalties. We were unable to convert on third down. We’ve got to run the ball more, and we’ve got to run the ball better. But it’s hard to function right now with a lot of the moving parts that we have. It’s a credit to our team for moving the ball and keeping us in the game.”Derek Carr underthrew Jordy Nelson on would-be touchdownLate in the third quarter with the Raiders trailing 20-10, the Bengals’ coverage collapsed. Jordy Nelson streaked down the right sideline with nobody in the same zip code, and he looked primed to bring the Raiders within three points and finally spark an offense that had been stagnant for the majority of the first three quarters.But Carr’s throw, instead of leading Nelson into the end zone, forced him to come back on the ball and make a sliding catch at the Bengals’ 7-yard line.“You should get points, more than three in that situation,” Gruden said.A false start each from rookie left tackle Kolton Miller and rookie right tackle Brandon Parker and two incompletions later, the Raiders settled for a Daniel Carlson 27-yard field goal. Normally these Raiders will take any 44-yard gain they can get, but the fact this one didn’t go for 51 yards actually made a difference in the Raiders’ comeback quest.“In hindsight, absolutely,” Carr said when asked if he wanted that throw back. “He started digging as soon as I threw it. I was trying to just put it on him. He was digging and looked back. I wish I threw a downfield ball. In my mind, I didn’t want to overthrow this. I’ve seen that happen too many times. It happened to the Bengals earlier in the game. You never want to miss those.”Carr completed only 55 percent of his passes against the Bengals. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)Bengals took away Raiders’ best playerAside from a two-catch, 10-yard day against the Seahawks in Week 6 and a two-catch, 20-yard game against the 49ers in Week 9, Jared Cook had his least effective game of the season against the Bengals with only two catches for 23 yards.Cook logged back-to-back seven-catch, 100-plus-yard games in the two games prior to Sunday’s, but the Bengals were successful in nullifying the Raiders’ best player.“There were a couple of plays I missed him,” Carr said. “There was one on the fumble I was looking for him. There were a lot of times he was doubled, but they didn’t show it. We had to go to other guys in those circumstances. They did a good job of mixing it up. He did a good job on his routes, though. I didn’t have enough time on it. They did a good job, but I think if we had a couple more seconds, we could have hit him.”Cook declined an interview after the game, so we didn’t get to hear from him on what the Bengals did to cause him fits. Instead of relying on their team-leader in catches (63), receiving yards (848) and receiving touchdowns (six) as they often do, the Raiders leaned on a host of others that didn’t do much as 17 of Carr’s 38 passes fell incomplete.“They did a good job. Obviously we didn’t have much time there at times,” Gruden said of Cook’s quiet day. “We were looking for him in some passing situations and we struggled. I think you can see that.”Makeshift offensive line played like oneIt’s no surprise the Raiders’ offensive line resembled Swiss cheese against the Bengals. They started fourth- and fifth-string guards Chaz Green and Denzelle Good with injuries to starters Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson and backup left guard Jon Feliciano. The only surprise was rookie left tackle Kolton Miller, now healthy, played the worst of any of them after a string of sturdy outings sicne he overcame a lingering knee issue.Miller’s biggest gaffe came midway through the first quarter, when Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard blew by him, rocked Carr on his blind side and forced a fumble the Bengals recovered. Miller played next to his fourth left guard of the year on Sunday, with Green joining Osemele, Feliciano and Justin Murray.“It wasn’t too challenging,” Miller said of working next to yet another left guard. “As long as our point was right and communicating didn’t make it too big of a deal. They’re great, great guys … Definitely a big year to learn from and grow from. Really that’s the only thing you can do.”Carr weathered five sacks on Sunday, bringing his season total to 47, alone with the third-most sacks taken among quarterbacks this season. His previous single-season high was 31 sacks taken in 2015. In the last two season combined, Carr went down only 36 times with some of the NFL’s best offensive lines. Safe to say his protection in 2018 is among the league’s worst.“We’re working with our fourth and fifth guards,” Carr said. “They did a great job. We didn’t change the plan. We did what we normally did, and they were able to play with it. There are a few plays we want back, but for the most part they did a really good job.” CINCINNATI — One glance at the Paul Brown Stadium stands revealed how little this game mattered for either team. The crowd, despite being announced at over 44,000 (yeah, right) filled less than half the stadium. The product on the field, especially from the visitors, was equally uninspiring.The Bengals started a quarterback who can’t throw the ball accurately – Jeff Driskel tallied 19 incompletions compared to 14 completions – yet his offense still plastered 30 points on the Raiders. Against the only defense worse than their own in the NFL, the Raiders only mustered 16 points themselves.If anything, the No. 1 pick remained within reach with two games left as the Raiders fell to 3-11 thanks to an inept offense that they’ve seen all too often this season. But where did the gunslinging Derek Carr of recent weeks go?Here are four reasons the Raiders couldn’t get anything going against a team that allowed a league-worst 30.5 point per game in their first 13 games. Raiders unable to establish ground gameOf course stats don’t mean everything, but the Bengals allowed 148.1 yards per game on the ground entering Sunday. You’d think the Raiders would be able to drum up something on the ground, even with two backup guards and a backfield that shouldn’t strike fear into anyone. Yet the Raiders only ran for 68 yards, their fourth-lowest total of the season, and their longest run of the game came on a 21-yard sweep to their fourth-string tight end in the first quarter.“There’s no excuse,” starting running back Doug Martin said when asked why the Raiders weren’t able to generate anything on the ground. “We have two guards down. I have to carry the flag and I couldn’t get rolling the way I wanted to. We didn’t have it today.”Martin ran for 39 yards on nine carries. Darren Waller had the one sweep for 21 yards. Jalen Richard carried four times for 9 yards and lost a fumble. DeAndre Washington ran once for a single yard and Seth Roberts’ end-around went for a loss of 2. The Raiders ran 16 times total, their second-fewest carries in a game this season, ahead of only their 13 rushes against the Chargers in Week 5.last_img read more

Discovery in R1.5bn UK acquisition

first_img11 May 2010South African financial services and insurance group Discovery is expanding its presence in the UK through the acquisition of Standard Life Healthcare, Britain’s fourth-largest private medical insurer, for about R1.56-billion (£138-million).Discovery has been active in the UK since 2004 through PruHealth, a joint venture between itself and the UK’s Prudential Assurance Company, and the UK has since then been a key focus area for Discovery’s international strategy.As part of the transaction, Standard Life will be merged into PruHealth, enabling Discovery to raise its ownership in the joint venture to 75%, while still retaining Prudential as a partner.“While PruHealth has won awards for product innovation, Standard Life Healthcare has been broadly recognised for its excellence in service delivery,” Discovery CEO Adrian Gore said in a statement this week.“The integration of our assets will result in a well-balanced client mix, a comprehensive and complementary product range, a broadening of expertise in the UK, and a national distribution network of agents and brokers,” he said.“This will significantly strengthen our competitive position, and provide the platform for strong future growth.”New competitor of scaleAccording to the statement, the UK has a large, well developed financial services market which is receptive to the consumer-driven product philosophy that Discovery has brought to both the health insurance and protection industries.The continued trend towards wellness and consumerism, as well as the increased financial pressure that the [UK’s National Health Service] is expected to face as a result of tighter public spending, creates significant growth opportunities for Discovery’s innovative, integrated model, the company said.The transaction creates a new competitor of scale in the UK private medical insurance market, covering approximately 700 000 people, and attracting annual premiums of approximately R4.1-billion (£370-million).“We believe Discovery’s acquisition of Standard Life Healthcare provides significant opportunities in the UK for both PruHealth and PruProtect and will create value for both Discovery and Prudential,” said Prudential UK and Europe deputy CEO Andy Crossley.“We look forward to working with Discovery to integrate Standard Life Healthcare into the joint venture arrangement.”The transaction is subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals from the Financial Services Authority (UK) and the South African Reserve Bank, which are expected to take approximately three months.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa to get two new metros

first_imgMahlangu said that while there was talk of doing away with economically weak municipalities, the 2011 local government elections would be based on the existing 4 277 wards. Source: BuaNews Briefing reporters in Pretoria on Thursday, Municipal Demarcation Board chairman Landiwe Mahlangu said the decision followed careful consideration of the two municipalities’ economic activity and integrated development planning. Buffalo City and Mangaung are currently local municipalities that fall under districts: Buffalo City under the Amatole District Municipality, and Mangaung under the Motheo District Municipality. 10 December 2010 South Africa’s six existing metros are the City of Johannesburg, Tshwane (which includes Pretoria), Ekurhuleni to the east of Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini (which includes Durban), and Nelson Mandela Bay (which includes Port Elizabeth).center_img South Africa’s metropolitan municipalities execute all the functions of local government for a city or conurbation, in contrast to areas which are primarily rural, where local government is divided into district municipalities and local municipalities. Elections based on existing wards “Next year’s elections will be based on the existent boundaries, and that can’t be changed,” he said. South Africa’s Municipal Demarcation Board has announced that Buffalo City, comprising greater East London, and Mangaung, comprising greater Bloemfontein, will become metropolitan municipalities after the 2011 local government elections.last_img read more

BJP govt in Goa will collapse soon: Shiv Sena

first_imgDescribing the ruling alliance, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and comprising two regional parties and two Independent legislators, as a “corrupt nexus,” Shiv Sena national spokesperson Sanjay Raut on Monday predicted that this government will collapse soon.“Manohar Parrikar came to Goa from the Defence Ministry to stabilise the government and stay in power. But he knows that he is not on firm footing and his feet will crumble soon in the near future. This is a corrupt alliance,” Mr. Raut said at a press conference here.The BJP, which had fallen from having 21 MLAs to 13 in the February 4 elections, thus ending up as the second largest party, nonetheless managed to form the government with the help of non-BJP parties and Independent legislators.Mr. Raut said the BJP had “stolen” a mandate, which was against the party. He also accused regional parties like the MGP and Goa Forward party, which had contested the elections on an anti-BJP plank, but later joined the BJP, as “traitors of the Goan electorate”.“Both these parties had contested the elections against the BJP, but did not lose time to join the BJP after the counting of votes. This is a betrayal of the Goan people and they will never be forgiven,” he said.In reply to a question, he said that despite the rout the Shiv Sena faced in the Goa polls, its work would continue in Goa. “We aren’t here for elections alone. Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena president) will be coming to Goa next month and a big meeting will be held where the future course of action for Goa will be announced,” he said.last_img read more

Events Advocates CEIR and IAEE Consolidate Governance

first_imgThe unofficial alliance between two iconic event-industry organizations strengthened this week with the announcement that CEIR and IAEE will combine their top management at the end of January. Over the past decade, CEIR and IAEE have maintained a strategic relationship, so this move mostly formalizes and streamlines a longstanding partnership. Breden has worked as managing director of CEIR since 2006, when IAEE took over the day-to-day operations of the foundation from outside contractors. The chairperson-elect of IAEE — soon to be Daniel McKinnon — will serve as the chairperson of the CEIR Foundation board of directors. Aaron Bludworth, the current chair of CIER, will serve on the IAEE board for at least one year to help with the transition. CEIR CEO Brian Casey will leave the organization, and CEIR operations will be headed up by Cathy Breden, COO of IAEE. The move was made to “simplify governance, fundraising and administrative responsibilities,” according to a statement from the two organizations.  center_img Despite the unified governance, the two organizations will remain financially sovereign, and CEIR will retain its nonprofit status. Research director for CEIR, Nancy Drapeau, will remain in her position, and a CIER project manager will be hired to work with Drapeau and Brenden. CEIR — the Center for Exhibition Industry Research — long noted for its deep library of event-industry trends and economic research, will now share a board of directors with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, the largest association for the tradeshow industry. last_img read more

Missing college student found blindfolded

first_imgA college student, who had gone missing around four months ago, was found blindfolded near a college in Kaliganj upazila headquarters in Jhenaidah district on Thursday.The victim is Maksudur Rahman Rana, a student of Kotchandpur Pouro College, and son of a certain Aminur Rahman of Harindia village in Kotchandpur upazila, reports UNB.Rana’s family members said he remained missing since 12 October last year after some miscreants picked him up in a vehicle from his village.Later, Rana’s family filed a general diary with the Kotchandpur police station and held press conference demanding safe return of Rana.Kotchandpur police station officer-in-charge Biplob Kumar Saha said Rana called his family members over phone from near Mahtabuddin Degree College in the town.Meanwhile, after his return Rana told his family members that he was picked up for interrogation.last_img read more