Lack of Chemistry Is Limiting Oakland Raiders’ Passing Game

It’s not fair to blame Carson Palmer for Oakland’s Week 9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, because the Oakland Raiders wouldn’t have been in the game if not for his 39 completions, 414 yards and four touchdowns. Palmer’s play brought the Raiders back into the game, but he couldn’t complete the comeback attempt due to two untimely interceptions.

The quarterback typically gets the blame for interceptions regardless of the circumstances, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to Palmer. Oakland’s wide receivers were often on a different page than Palmer, and the offensive line often forced him to rush his decision-making process.

The lack of chemistry between Palmer and his receivers is not only resulting in interceptions, but lost yardage and fewer big plays. While better protection would probably help Palmer avoid some of the costly errors, the chemistry issue will continue to be a problem no matter how much time Palmer has to throw the ball.   

The chemistry issues between Palmer and Denarius Moore were very noticeable against the Bucs. It’s obvious that the Raiders want to give Moore opportunities to make big plays, but until the quarterback and the wide receiver are on the same page, it doesn’t make sense to force the ball in Moore's direction.

From the very start of the game, Palmer and Moore were not on the same page. On the second play of the game, Moore split the two defenders, and with only one safety deep and shaded to the opposite side of the field, Palmer saw an opportunity for a big play. Heyward-Bey was also open, but Palmer didn’t need to go to his second read because he trusted that Moore will come down with a deep pass in one-on-one coverage.

Moore broke off his route to the inside and into the coverage of the defense, and Palmer threw the ball deep to open space. Moore basically covered himself when Palmer was trying t...

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