What the Raiders are saying after their loss to Tampa Bay

What the Raiders are saying after their loss to Tampa Bay

After putting up a good fight for most of the game, the Raiders fell 45-20 to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon.

Brady threw two of his four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to help the Bucs pull away after the Raiders closed within 24-20 with 12 1/2 minutes left in the game. The 43-year-old former Serra High star’s last TD pass, a 1-yarder to rookie Tyler Johnson, moved him past the Saints’ Drew Brees for the most career TD passes in NFL history (559).

Brady faced little pressure from the Raiders’ defense while completing 33-of-45 passes for 369 yards to drop Jon Gruden’s crew to 3-3 on the season.

The Bucs scored 21 straight points after the Raiders elected to kick a 42-yard field goal on a fourth-and-1 play to make it 24-20. The Raiders became just the second team since 2017 to elect to kick a field goal on fourth-and-1 while trailing by 4-8 points in the fourth quarter, according to the Associated Press.

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders takes the snap in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Scotty Miller #10 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches a touchdown pass while being guarded by Nevin Lawson #26 of the Las Vegas Raiders in the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drops back to pass in the second quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Scotty Miller #10 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers catches a touchdown pass while being guarded by Nevin Lawson #26 of the Las Vegas Raiders in the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Devin White #45 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sacks Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders in the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) runs against Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Jordan Whitehead (33) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

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    Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

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    Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) scored a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) scores a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders looks on from the sideline in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

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    Las Vegas Raiders inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (44) and free safety Erik Harris (25) attempt to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

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    Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Leonard Fournette #28 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball while being tackled by Clelin Ferrell #96 of the Las Vegas Raiders in the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hands the ball off the Ronald Jones II #27 in the first quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Devin White #45 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sacks Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders in the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Leonard Fournette #28 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball while being tackled by Erik Harris #25 of the Las Vegas Raiders in the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) scored a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders runs with the ball while being tackled by Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Head coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders looks on from the sideline in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders takes the snap in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Henry Ruggs III #11 of the Las Vegas Raiders runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gives a thumbs up in the third quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) scores a touchdown under Tampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scores a touchdown on a sneak play in the first quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 25: Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders runs with the ball while being tackled by Lavonte David #54 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter at Allegiant Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Here’s what the Raiders had to say after suffering a disappointing loss following their biggest upset victory in years over Kansas City:

Raiders coach Jon Gruden:

On his team: “I’m proud of our guys, really proud of our team. We had a tough week. We were in the ballgame, seven, eight minutes left, 24-20. It got away from us at the end. We have to play better. Obviously on defense, we’ve got better players. We’ve got to play better. We will. It’s disappointing, credit to Tampa Bay. They’re a good team, I think we are, too.”

On kicking field goal on fourth-and-1, down seven: “It was a long one, more like two. And it was a 24-20 game at that time with the field goal. We felt, at home, a little momentum, we could hold Tampa … at least get off the field. We had ’em third-and-12. We had ’em right where we wanted ’em. And they convert it on a checkdown. Very disappointed, it’s easy to second guess right now, but in hindsight I probably would have done the same thing.”

On Gabe Jackson’s ejection: “I did not see what he did. I was asking the officials, you’ll have to get their interpretation. I believe the ejection came from New York City, they had access to replays perhaps we didn’t. But losing Sam Young early in the game and then losing Gabe, with the week that we have had against a heck of a defense, it was tough on us, no doubt.”

On their defense: “We’ve got to do a better job. It goes back to me. Obviously, missing (Johnathan) Abram and (Damon) Arnette on the back end, it’s tough on us. But I’m not making excuses. We did not get enough pass rush today, and if you let Tom Brady sit back there and survey the field, he’s proved it for 20 years, he’s proving it for 21 years, that he’s still one of the very, very best. They have an arsenal of weapons, credit to them, but we have to generate a better rush, and until we do it’s going to continue to be tough.”

On facing adversity: “I’m really proud of ’em. Even until the very end, they played their hearts out. We’ve got to play better in all phases. It was a tough week, certainly. It will make us better in the long run. Hopefully, it motivates a lot of people out there that you can go out and accomplish great things in adversity. Hopefully, deep down there’s benefits to be had here.”

On Nelson Agholor: “He can get deep, he’s good after the catch. He’s versatile, he’s got great stamina, he’s a pro player, he’s a great champion and I’m really proud to have him aboard. Hopefully, we get Bryan Edwards back soon, but Nelly’s going to be a hard guy to get off the field.”

On their pass rush: “I’m not going to say it here today. Obviously, there’s some things we have to take a good look at. That process will start as soon as the press conference is over. If we’re going to rush four, we’re going to have to do a lot better than we did today.”

NFL referee Scott Novak

(From pool report)

On Gabe Jackson’s ejection: “On the play after the touchdown, the down judge throws a flag for number 66 (Jackson) stepping on an opponent, right on his shoulder, while he was on the ground.”

Raiders left tackle Kolton Miller

On all five starting offensive linemen missing practice this week: “This whole year has been weird with the virus, but we did the best we could and followed protocol along the way. But individually, we tried to do our best with what we (had). When we weren’t at practice, those twos got a lot more extra reps. So in a way, they were a little bit more prepared to step in. But we’re just doing our best to stay healthy and try to overcome this virus.”

Raiders linebacker Cory Littleton

On the pass rush: “It basically comes down to the things that we practice, and then transitioning that into actual games. We practice great. Now we just have to correlate it to playing great during these intense game-time situations. Everybody’s capable of it and we always plan to strive and do those things. We just got to make work a little harder to make sure we do it.”

On comparing Patrick Mahomes to Tom Brady: “It’s two different styles. Because we have Patrick Mahomes — mobile, extends plays. Then we have Tom Brady — stationary, sitting in the pocket. Two different type of offenses to compare and just say, we did one thing more last week than we did this week. Just a different game plan, a different team and we didn’t get it done.”

On if he’s becoming more comfortable with the Raiders’ system: “Week by week. I feel a lot more comfortable. I feel like I’m progressing and getting better within this defense.”

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