Jason O. Watson
The Raiders were able to mount a second-half comeback this past Sunday when Carson Palmer took over the play-calling in their no-huddle offense.
If you watched the first half of this matchup, you were probably surprised to see the Raiders put any points up coming out of the locker room.
Darren McFadden compiled just 10 yards on eight carries in the first 30 minutes of game action while QB Carson Palmer managed to put up 106 yards on 9-of-17 passing with most of it coming on a 59-yard bomb to Darrius Heyward-Bey.
In the second half, though, the Raiders would come out firing with Palmer and the offense deciding to take a no-huddle approach. And with this technique being successful in the past for Oakland, Levi Damien of Silver and Black Pride found it odd that they didn't move to it sooner:
"They won their only game in Week 3 over the Steelers due to Carson Palmer's ability to run the no-huddle efficiently. Then last week, they were able to move the ball and hang with the only undefeated team in the NFL right to the last second thanks in part to the no-huddle offense...The question is, why did it take a halftime adjustment to get back to the offense they knew had worked so well in previous games?"
Damien goes on to question offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's decision making and job security as he feels that the team is much better off when Palmer is running the show alone. Damien points out that McFadden had his best game of the season (113 yards) against the Steelers earlier in the year with the no-huddle attack while Palmer did the same against Atlanta last week (353 yards).
It will be interesting to see what tempo the Raiders decide to go with next week in Kansas City for a key divisional match against the Chiefs. For more dedicated coverage of the Raiders, head on over to Silver and Black Pride.