You know the Oakland Raiders being demolished by the Green Bay Packers 46-16, was one of those games that if you were associated with Raider Nation, you may have turned off the television at halftime.
This game was so unexplainable, that I won’t even dare to break down the game plan (or lack thereof) or statistics of Sunday’s matchup against the Packers.
I just have one question? What is the state of the “Silver and Black’s” heartbeat right now?
Just two weeks ago, the Raiders were riding a three-game winning streak and had a full game lead over the Denver Broncos. Fast forward that to now, and they are the victims of two straight “beat downs” (one of those losses were two an inferior Miami Dolphins team) and are now a game behind the Broncos in the AFC West standings.
Yesterday’s game served as the third a#% kicking they have received this year. Which makes no sense to me when you look at a team that is as talented as they are, not to mention the progress they have made. Now I know they have battled through a lot of obstacles this year, more than any team in the league, with their owner passing away and multiple injuries to key players, but this version of the Raiders were suppose to be a microcosm of resiliency.
Oakland is really missing the services of their playmakers on offense. Without running back Darren McFadden, and wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore, the Raiders look very “Junior Varsityish” on offense the last two weeks. Quarterback Carson Palmer as of late, looks like the Palmer from recent years, not the QB from 2005-08. I know he’s trying to carry this team on his back and do a lot of things in the passing game, but you have to slow down a bit when your touchdown to interception ratio looks backwards (9-13).
On the defensive side of the ball, their lack of discipline has resulted in the most untimely penalties. It’s almost like they dont’t want to win at times. Their once bullying defense has now turned into soft pushovers. Their inability to stop the run has resurfaced to an alarming issue once again, while their secondary has been exposed for the frauds they are. Defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan has never look more suspect than now with these defensive schemes he’s dialing up. He has three weeks to correct this situation, and he better pass with flying colors, or making the playoffs for the first time in nine years will be nothing more than a mere dream for Oakland.
Head coach Hue Jackson states that he won’t let this team falter down the stretch, but as of right now he’s a little late on that promise. The Raiders went from controlling their own destiny, to now needing some help. With three games left on the season, they need to run the table if their serious about winning this division.
If you’re apart of Raider Nation, you wanna believe in Hue, you wanna believe in this version of the Raiders, but performances like yesterday’s game leaves you befuddled and dumbfounded. Why? Because you sometimes just don’t get the mindset and heart of the “Silver and Black.” SMH….
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Written by Arthur Kai