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Not That We Care About Outside Perception, a Strong Finish Can Change How the Raiders Are Perceived Going Into 2011


This year has been a breath of fresh air if you compare it to the last seven years and Gruden Bowl to begin 2002.  The fact our heroes in silver and black have ended several streaks we are all aware of with the main one finally getting us over the hump of 11 straight losses; has many of us in the Nation as optimistic as we have been since Jerry Porter was showing flashes in the slot position.  The mere fact we have only one game to go to finish 2010 with an unblemished division record should make us feel as if our prayers and Christmas wishes have been answered.  However this is not the case.  We are not all that easy to please and neither are the NFL pundits paid to blow smoke up our butts when we roll on opponents and then are quick to dismiss our accomplishments when we lose.  Before you become as irate as Bill O'Reilly after having to do another take of Inside Edition, this is all very understandable.

Everyone here was ready to bite Jano's head off following the Arizona loss.  It wasn't a Cardinal win but a Raider loss.  We all seemed to have a feeling of here we go again following the 49ers game before being lifted from the doldrums thanks to the Broncos' swiss-cheese defense.  We understood the Steelers loss as many took it as a learning experience but the Dolphins loss that followed was as dissapointing a performance as we can fathom from these Raiders.  We all assumed these Raiders have to be better than that, right?  Well before you dream of Warren Sapp driving off a cliff tonight think of these losses as clarity in what has been an improvement over season's past.  Now if we can finish on a three-game winning streak which is very possible what will the football world think of the Raiders heading into 2011?  It is going to be a tough task as we have a rookie and everyone's favorite Nintendo icon going up against two of the quickest DE's off the snap and probably the greatest QB of our generation as well as a KC team that can run the ball and didn't get a chance to show it in Oakland last month.  With that said, these are two very winnable games and I assure you Raider fans, the rest of America and the NFL schedule makers will take notice regardless of how our AFC West counterparts finish out this season.  If we don't finish as we here at S&B Pride expect us to then our Raiders will continue to live in obscurity until we prove otherwise.

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