Steelers vs. Raiders and Rams vs. Bears – Use your timeouts.

While the Raiders still ended up scoring on their last drive to win the game, they wasted precious time during the last drive.  After completing a 3rd and 10 with a 15 yard down pass down the middle of the field, the Raiders had all three timeouts remaining but didn’t use one and the clock moved from about 1:18 to :48 before the next play was snapped.  If not there, when are you going to use your timeouts?

In the Rams/Bears game the Rams were driving at the end of the first half.  They had just completed a 3rd down pass for 10 yards and a first down at the Bears 37 yard line.  The clock was ticking down to under  :40 left in the first half and the Rams had two timeouts left.  Instead of using one, they spiked the ball and wasted a down.  Now they only had two downs to work with.  Both plays were incomplete passes and the Rams kicked a field goal.  Had
they used a timeout, they would’ve had three downs and maybe would’ve been able to keep the drive alive.  They did get points but it wasn’t a smart use of timeouts.  And they ended up having two worthless timeouts left as they went to the locker room.