Make whatever excuse you want. Oakland’s 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was as ugly as Rosie O’Donnell with her alarm going off at 4am on Monday after a weekend bender. We already knew Kyle Boller was never a good backup plan. In case you thought the Raiders could still flourish with Boller under center then all you needed was the first half of today’s game to prove otherwise.
If Boller’s 3 picks weren’t enough then Carson Palmer’s trifecta sealed the deal.
Blame Boller for being Boller. Blame Palmer for being rusty. Blame Hue Jackson for being stubborn. Just don’t blame Jason Campbell for breaking his collar bone. At least he went out giving it his all.
After today it is abundantly clear how important JC was to this franchise.
To be sure, losing Darren McFadden didn’t help at all. Just winning, baby, becomes incredibly difficult when you’re minus the league’s leading rusher. That being said Michael Bush did his thing and was more than effective in the absence of Run DMC. Oh…and can I see a little more of Taiwan Jones, please?
Despite the effectiveness of Bush, Coach Jackson stuck to Boller for far too long and dialed up too many passes long after the Chiefs were far too comfortable in coverage.
Now nobody expected Carson Palmer to go from sitting on his couch to playing in the Pro Bowl in only five days.
Nobody with half a brain could have expected Kyle Boller to be good enough to replace Jason Campbell.
Nobody could have realized how valuable Campbell was until he was gone. Like most relationships, Raider Nation didn’t realize they had a good thing until it was gone. That’s not to say every Raider fan was blinded by the bling of Palmer.
It goes without saying how much JC meant to this franchise. Just ask Cincinnati who inherited a couple of high value draft picks no thanks to the sling draped over Campbell’s right arm.
It also goes without saying that the Raiders picked the worst time to revert to their recent ugly past of poor performances.
To be sure the Chiefs didn’t exactly dominate today which is what makes the final score all the more embarrassing. Kansas City scored 14 of their 28 points on defense and stuffed Bush on the goal line to ensure no points were placed under the Oakland lights on the scoreboard.
All of a sudden the AFC West is wide open no thanks to the putrid quarterback play in the East Bay and another second half meltdown by the Chargers.
Where do we go from here?
The hope is that Palmer will get more familiar with his offense.
The hope is that McFadden will return healthy.
The hope is that this bye week will serve as an opportunity to refocus instead of providing a chance to revert.
You can’t sum up an entire season on one Sunday but you can realize how good something was now that it’s gone.
Simply put Jason Campbell never looked better injured as he did healthy. Funny how that works. Sad that this listless loss is what it takes to finally realize that the Raiders were always going to be in this position with Kyle Boller as the best bet behind JC.
Hopefully in two weeks time Carson Palmer will make this all a bad memory.