A game that should have been closer.
The Browns really kept the game out of reach right from the beginning of this game and made sure they kept on rolling as they finish out the string. The Raiders really just had another ordinary loss, nothing special, nothing surprising, just a loss like all the others over the last few years.
Over the last several season I have been especially bored with the type of play and mounting losses. It was getting increasingly more difficult to watch but like a car wreck I couldn't look away. When Lane Kiffin became coach it rekindled some fire and I found a competitive team much more fun to watch. After he got fired I was watching, but pretty upset about the whole situation as it again showed just how much this team seems to love disarray. This season has been a little different because even though we are on the outside looking in on the playoff picture, it's been fun football to this point. Take out the earlier loss to the Giants of NY and it was pretty entertaining losses and wins against some of the best in the league. The J.R. experiment, Bruce Gradkowski playing like Brett Favre, Tom Cable's various abuse allegations, made for great coverage and I'm looking forward to the next game.
The Denver Bronco's have made a pretty interesting mess for me and now they need help to get into the second season. One of the things that will have an impact is if the Raiders beat the Ravens this week and it would be nice to help keep them out.
1. QB – Derek Anderson – Avoided the costly turnovers to ensure the game was never out of reach.
2. K – Shane Lechler – He makes the most uninteresting position in football fun to watch.
3. QB – Charlie Frye – Over 300 YDS and keep in mind at least 2 of the INT's were catchable balls.
Game Ball – Sebastian Janikowski
A 61 yard field goal that beat his own record for longest in franchise history. The announcers of the game were right to advise Cleveland fans not to laugh at the attempt and they were right.
Baltimore Ravens @ Oakland Raiders – Jan 03, 2010; 1:00 PM PST
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
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Written by Luke Mirza