Looking back at today's game I am thrilled with the W, but unless things change making it to the playoffs will mean nothing because winning like we did today won't happen on the playoff level. Our Raiders are being hindered by horrible penalties and bad play calling.To begin with I know that at least 3 of the personal foul calls today were BAD calls, but I am still going to put those on the players because it is ultimately their fault: they commit penalties so often that, at this point, I expect the refs to call anything that even resembles a penalty on them. The only way to prevent this is to play clean football and stop giving the refs reasons to penalize us. Like I said there were 3 horrific calls by the refs, but there were still 9 other penalties that, and it pains me to say this, were good calls. I will cease to be frustrated with the team when they get rid of the 9 other penalties, and at that point I will join the conspiracy that the NFL doesn't like to see the Raiders win (Clearly there is something going on: it cant be the coaches or players alone because since 2003 there have been at least 3 completely different Raider teams and staffs)--Anyway... Something needs to be done and I am not talking about hollow threats like "You can be replaced if you don't preform." I think it is time for the players to be fined anytime they commit a penalty--this excludes players who are penalized on bad calls by refs. I suggest $500 per yard which would then be donated to some charity (we would have donated over $50K today alone). The players need to be accountable for their choices on the field, and this seems to be the next step in making that clear.
Now for the play calling... WTF is Hue doing? I would have to go back to the tape to be sure, but for the past 3 games he has been using the same rotation of plays: 1st-Run, 2nd-Run, 3rd Pass. He uses it less in the first half (probably about 50-60% of the time), but when we get to the second half he runs that rotation about 90% of the time(95% in the 4th). the D knows it is coming and is ready to stop us more often than not. I am all for running the clock down, but I think Hue needs to go for the throat in the second half of games. The reason we have so many near-collapses is because the D is gassed and has no momentum from our O playing aggressive! We are a run first team, I know, but against a top 10 run D and a 31st ranked pass D we should have thrown the ball more (I trusted Campbell with 20 passes a game, so I feel I trust Palmer with up to 30 passes). Hue needs to get back to mixing up his play calling because ever since Palmer has arrived hue has become on average less of a risk taker. We easily could have put up 38 today, but Hue got complacent and nearly cost us the game.
Now that I am done being a negative Nancy I would just like to say: DAMN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE 6-4 ON TOP OF THE AFC WEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!