In contrast to the Raiders' Week 2 loss in Buffalo, which included some finger-pointing at officials and teammates, the postgame locker room after a 31-19 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday had a lot of guys looking in the mirror.
First up was cornerback Joe Porter, given the unenviable task of filling the nickel back role in place of Michael Huff, who was out with a concussion. Porter's primary assignment was slot receiver Wes Walker, who caught nine passes for 158 yards and a 15-yard touchdown to open the Patriots' scoring.
"Huff was down, so they called my number in the slot to take care of him and I didn't get the job done," Porter said. "I put this squarely on myself. I can't be out of position. I've got to do better and hopefully limit this."
Quarterback Jason Campbell took the blame for a "bonehead" interception to Patrick Chung late in the first half, as well as a second interception to defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, failing to notice he had fallen into coverage.
Coach Hue Jackson said the failure for the Raiders to cash in with touchdowns on three scoring opportunities was his fault, while defensive tackle Tommy Kelly thought the defense didn't hold up its end of the bargain.
"We had more than ample opportunities to get the job done and get off the field and we didn't do it as a defense," Kelly said. "We've just got to go back to the drawing board, take our thrashing from the coaches and get better."
There were a couple of officiating issues worth debate as Richard Seymour drew an unnecessary roughness flag on the opening drive -- even quarterback Tom Brady thought the call was excessive -- and Jacoby Ford lost an interference call on Kyle Arrington at the 2-yard line when an official picked up a flag.
The Raiders ended up with a 26-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal after failing to get closer than the 8-yard line, cutting the score to 24-13.
In explaining the play, the announcement was Ford and Arrington got their feet tangled, which didn't merit a flag.
"They picked up the flag. They said it's not, so it's not," Jackson said. "So like I said, I'm not going to play into all the penalty stuff, because I don't think it does anybody good."
"I'll never be in Joe's category," Brady said. "We throw the ball a lot more than they threw it back then. It's much more of a passing league now than it's ever been."
Injuries against the Patriots included Richard Gordon, a tight end who was pressed into action at fullback with Reece out, and running back Michael Bush. Gordon had a hand injury, Bush an ankle injury.
Jackson said he hoped to have the inactive players back to face Houston next Sunday and that Gordon and Bush would be evaluated Monday.
For Huff, it was his first game missed because of injury since being drafted in 2006 -- a streak of 83 games.