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Raiders week 13 Ballers & Busters

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I have to tell you, if my notes for this piece I do each week made sense to anyone but me, I would love for you to see this week's. The results are like none I have ever put together in the seven years I have been doing this series.

I don't really know what I was expecting from this one and I certainly figured it would not be in any way standard after the live viewing of the Raiders 52-0 implosion in St Louis, but still, wow. After all, unless this series began at the inception of this franchise, there would be no other comparison, considering the last time they lost this badly was the first game of their second season in franchise history.

That game was before I was born. And I'd just as well not see one like this again in my lifetime.

You will find that most of the analysis I did for this game is of what occurred in the first half. That's because the Raiders were down 38-0 at that point and the Rams let up in the second half, so most of the performances that really mattered took place in the first half, with a few exceptions which you will see.

Here we go...

Ballers

None

Editors note: This was not a result based on emotion or anything of the sort. My method for compiling the results are devoid of such things. What came out of it was not a single player worthy of being called a Baller. It is a stark contrast to last week's win over the Chiefs which had 13 Ballers. It is rare to have that many Ballers. Even more rare is to have none. It has happened just two other times since the inception of the series.

Honorable Mention

You (the fans)

If you are reading this, I commend you. A lot of fans would not be here right now searching for more information about what transpired last Sunday. I don't blame them one bit for wanting to step away and try to forget... whatever that was.

You are here, presumably, because you want to get to the bottom of it. Or maybe it's a form of catharsis. Whatever it is, at this point you have suffered through a great many losses and have the thick skin to show for it.

So, honestly, thanks for reading even in the darkest times -- like this week.

Betweener

Marcel Reece -- Led the team in catches (6) and receiving yards (48), but he also had a fumble, a false start on 4th and one that cost the team a chance at putting points on the board, and an offensive pass interference penalty on fourth down that was declined

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