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Jackson Defends His Calls In One-Point Loss to Detroit

After the tough loss to the Lions on Sunday, coach Hue Jackson put up his guard in defending the team and some of his decisions on Sunday during the one-point setback that puts the team in dire straits to making the postseason.

While the defense ranks 27th in yards allowed (379 per game) and 29th in points allowed (27.3), Raiders coach Hue Jackson is right when he says the offense had chances to put Sunday’s game away. He defended going for it on 4th and 1 in the first quarter instead of kicking a field goal, as well as the decision to throw on 3rd and 3 with 2:32 left in the game and the Lions out of timeouts. On the first one, Carson Palmer missed an open Denarius Moore from the 24. “Was the guy wide open or not?” Jackson asked Monday. “If we hit that play you guys are all saying, boy, what a great call.” On the second one, Palmer’s throw on 3rd and 3 went off Chaz Schilens’ outstretched hands. Earlier, Jackson decided not to go for two when Aaron Curry scored on a fumble return to go up 26-12 with 7:47 left but as it turns out, being up 14 would have made a huge difference. “Maybe that’s a decision you could of (done) differently,” Jackson said. Curry’s score caught everyone by surprise, and when asked about the two-point decision-making process, Jackson said, “the special teams unit was out there. I was talking to the defensive coaches to get a stop. … that’s where my head was.”

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