Ahoy, Raider fans! It is I, RaiderDamus, the baron of braggadocio, the duke of divination, the tower of power too sweet to be sour, and the World's Freshest Man. This will be the last communique for a while from your favorite oracle, as I am in the process of relocating to another secret cave in an entirely new secluded mountain range. However, I have concluded my viewings with the Great Beyond and, as per our usual arrangement, I shall share my findings with you after the jump.
I want to start out this column by asking what in the blue hell is wrong with Darren McFadden? A sprained foot, even a bad one, is a month long healing process at worst. This will be his seventh game out. This leads us to three possible conclusions:
1: Darren McFadden is a damn wimp.
2. Darren McFadden is a very slow healer.
3. Darren McFadden has a far, far more serious injury than has been let on- say, a broken foot or plantar fasciitis.
Numbers one and two are not things that can be fixed, and if it's one of them, trade him for as much as we can get and roll with Mike Bush. All of McFadden's ability is for naught if he can't play. If, however, number three is correct, then why haven't we been told and why isn't McFadden getting the appropriate treatment? Somebody has seriously dropped the ball here. If McFadden is hurt this badly, just cut bait and put him on IR so we can move on and sign someone else to back up Bush since Taiwan Jones apparently caught whatever disease is ailing Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. I won't even speak of them right now. I would be coming from an emotional place and it would be unwise.
The Packers are missing.... James Starks. He never gets the ball anyway so who cares. Charles Woodson is apparently healthy, so we can chalk him up for two more interceptions. I'm just not sure which Raiders receiver the Packers are going to consider good enough that Charles Woodson needs to cover him.
If Moore, Ford, McFadden, Jones, Satele, Chris Johnson, Matt Shaughnessy, Chimdi Chekwa, Rich Gannon, Fred Biletnikoff, George Blanda and Howie Long were healthy enough to play, then I might give the Raiders a fighting chance in this one. As it stands, the Raiders are going to be wiped off the face of the earth in this game. The Packers offense is the closest thing to an inevitability that we have in the NFL. If the Raiders lose by less than twenty points I will celebrate.
This one's going to be a bloodbath, folks. As Tom Brady says, start drinking early. Packers win, 45-17.