I guess you're all still quite shattered from the heartbraking loss against the chiefs on sunday. If it were against anybody, but the Chiefs (or the 49ers, probably), it wouldn't be that difficult to handle. Wasn't easy for me having to go to sleep right after such a fuck up, as I'm living in Berlin and on top of that had to get up five hours later for college. Honestly, I ended up not going to college yesterday. I spend my day watching a replay of the game (I did, really), trying to explain to my girlfriend why I do this and how and why which teams go to the playoffs and why the Raiders are (in my mind) still likely to make it there.
Anyway, what I took from the game and we can expect from the future, more on that after the jump...I was about to turn my TV out sunday night, after I had seen Boller tossing the footbal around like a sixteen year old cheerleader. The only reason why I didn't switch off the game was the hope of maybe seeing Carson Palmer in the second half. My prayers were heard, not in the way I wanted them to be heard, but damn it. They were heard after all.
What I saw then, was an off-the-couch Quarterback who didn't play up to the expectations of many fans, but he played up to mine. Boller lost us the game in the first half anyway so Coach Jackson's move of giving Palmer a chance to knock more rust off was definetly the right one. He showed some things, that we haven't really seen from Oakland quarterbacks in recent years, e.g. putting balls into really tight windows. Three interceptions are quite a number, but if you take a look at them, they ain't say that much. One was a really an awful read, I get that. But the other two, really. One wasn't his fault in any way and the other came of a miscomunication between him and the receiver. Communication problems after that little amount of practice time are a normal thing, so I don't worry about his interceptions at all. For Carson, the bye comes at a perfect time so he can get the routes and the timing going, the arm is still there as could be seen.
We now have QB, thats puts another dimension to the offensive gameplan and as time evolves the Oakland Raiders will become a way better footbal team than they are right now. The defense is yet to catch up to the offense, but they showed some signs, they will. Ndukwe played a good game for being with the team that short, Chris Johnson will return and Van Dyke improves from week to week. The addition of Curry seems to pan out well, though McClain still has to get a lot work done to be considered a playoff-caliber inside linebacker. The Raiders' defensive line is a great one, while on the offense, I still wanna see Wisniewski at center. The team ran the ball way better over the middle, while Satele was injured. Everyone could see that.
Considering the schedules of the Raiders, Chiefs and Chargers, we're still as much in the playoff race as before. KC are 3-3 now and if you'd take a look at the way they played the season up to sunday and who they still have to play, I think I ain't the only one who already took them outta the playoff picture.
I'll now put a W on the games versus Denver, Minnesota, Chicago, Miami, Kansas City and on one game against the Chargers. We're likely to lose in Green Bay, what makes us a 10-4 team with question marks on the second Chargers game and the game against Detroit. If we lose to Detroit and the first game againts the Bolts, the season might come down to the last regular season game against San Diego in Oakland. If we walk away with a win against Detroit and/or in San Diego, we should have won the AFC West by the time, the last game kicks off. The Chargers are still playing the Packers, the Bills, the Ravens and the Lions. If they lose three out of theses games, it is all in our hands.
So let's use that bye to get the remaining problems fixed, trash the Broncos and then, just win, baby!