Well, at least we know the Raiders aren’t a playoff team after losing what felt like a playoff game in Jacksonville today. Somehow a 24-14 lead became a 38-31 defeat. You could almost smell the Raider mystique until the wheels fell off in the second half.
This one was setting up lovely for Tom Cable. How can you lose when you have an unstoppable Darren McFadden and a lead in the second half?
Before we go any further, let’s have a moment of silence for one of the best performances you’ll ever see in your life. Run DMC’s 3 TDs were spectacular! The man is more than living up to the hype, he’s exceeding it. McFadden looked like a man amongst boys as he ran over, around and through the Jaguars. With the blocking on point all McFadden had to do was make one defender miss and it was over. Few people have a chance against Darren in a foot race. Just go ahead and put 6 on the board. Better luck next time.
That was the good.
The bad was Michael Huff getting burnt for a big TD that gave Jacksonville the momentum. Next was a fumble by Jacoby Ford and then long TD runs from Rashad Jennings and Maurice Jones-Drew that iced the game. John Marshall’s defense smothered the run and harassed David Garrard for most of the afternoon before faltering late.
The ugly was Kyle Prejean Boller having to fill in for a shook Jason Campbell in a crucial situation. JC played another great game. Sure, he missed on a couple throws and held the rock too long a few times. But overall Campbell did everything he could to help his team win. But once Jason had to take a few plays off to shake off the cobwebs it was over as Boller’s first action of the season will hopefully be his last.
Not all is lost but the road to the postseason just got more difficult. The Raiders need some help and a prayer to get a ticket to the dance now. It was looking like the perfect storm for Oakland and then the tide turned and the Raiders found themselves in the path of a hurricane. You could almost smell the Raider Mystique until it all fell apart in the end.