John Gruden: Watching tapes of damage to Falcons like pulling teeth


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Las Vegas Raiders head coach John Gruden did not enjoy watching his team’s 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. It was better not to see it again.

“Do you ever go to the dentist and have your teeth removed?” It’s a lot of choice, “Gruden said on Monday, via Josh Dobo The Associated Press. “It was tough, man.”

The Raiders rolled the ball five times against the Falcons. Six if you count the team’s early possession at fourth-and-1 as well as a drop in turnover. He had 11 penalties for 141 yards and the offense ranked just 243 yards against the league’s 27th overall defense and 31st ranked pass defense.

“Fourth and -1 we have the ball, we go for it, we decline,” Gruden said. Next possession, first down, we take a shot with an aggressive game-action safety, a fumble of the sack-strip. Just before the half, we’re going for the points, the sack-stripe rumble. At the beginning of the third quarter, we are in a great field position, intercepting for a touchdown. We force a kicker to miss a field goal, we ruffle the kicker and they get seven (points) out of it.

“There was nothing pleasant to watch the tape.”

With a win over the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the year and another strong game against the Chiefs a week earlier, the Raiders begin to look like an actual playoff team until they are rooted in Atlanta. They still have chances to make the playoffs in the final five weeks but the Falcons’ loss greatly reduced their margins.

Las Vegas has a chance to right the ship against the moribund New York Jets this Sunday.


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