Raiders Relinquish Control of AFC West in 38-24 Loss to Broncos

Hey man…lemme holla at you in a real way…

You see, I’m a true Raider fan. I give credit where credit is due. Respect to the Denver Broncos today because they wanted it more. That second half proved it all as Denver took a 17-7 deficit and turned it into a 38-24 victory…on the road.

Like I said, I bleed Silver and Black so I just have to call it the way I see it.

Sure, there were plenty of questionable calls by the officiating crew this afternoon. But that had nothing to do with all those pre-snap flags that were thrown. Those mistakes made by the officials had nothing on stupid fouls committed at the absolute wrong time.

Carson Palmer made some throws that let you know he’s still an All-Pro talent. That sick TD toss to Marcel Reece and the lob to Jacoby Ford showed the difference between Palmer and Jason Campbell. But Palmer picking on Champ Bailey also showed the big difference between him and Campbell.

To a fault Campbell usually played is safe. Six picks in two games proves Palmer gambles too often for his own good.

But this embarrassing loss to Denver wasn’t all about those 130 yards in penalties and three Palmer picks.

A team that dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball suddenly couldn’t run the rock or stop the run in the second half. That had nothing to do with the officials. That was all on Oakland as Michael Bush went from dominant to dormant and Willis McGahee went from irrelevant to unstoppable.

For whatever reason Hue Jackson chose to limit the number of plays in which the team’s best receiver, Darrius Heyward-Bey, was involved. Yeah, Jacoby Ford did his thing. But unless DHB violated some team rule on game day then I can’t understand why his role was limited.

For whatever reason the Raiders let Tim Tebow and the Broncos run the most obvious plays to great success.

For whatever reason Michael Huff was allowed to shadow Denver’s only option in the passing game, Eric Decker, with little to no success most of the afternoon.

With the Chiefs getting pwned at home by the winless Miami Dolphins and the Chargers getting punk’d in their own crib by the Packers you would have thought the Raiders could handle business in the East Bay against the hapless Broncos.


With first place in the AFC West square in their sights the Raiders rolled over in a second half collapse not seen since that hideous loss in Buffalo earlier this season.

So much for turning the corner. Oakland is still a .500 team just as they were last season. Nothing has changed.

Coach Jackson needs only to look in the mirror to see his worst enemy. Same for every man in Silver and Black.

Oh…don’t look now but Coach Jackson is playing the Bill Callahan card by calling his team stupid in not so many words. Last time I checked it was the coach’s job to prepare his team. Somebody hand Hue a mirror.

He wanted his boy Palmer and he said his team would stop the run.

Ummm…Palmer made some plays but overall was a shaky as Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic flame. Jackson is also coming up short like Brett Ratner eating shrimp when it comes to stopping the run. Denver only had one chance to win and the Raiders made sure that became a reality thanks to McGahee again owning Oakland.

To be sure the special teams rolled over at the wrong time too. But that is yet another feather in the hat of Oakland’s shortcomings.

Like I said…I am a true Raider fan so I’ve got to call it like I see it.

Hue Jackson might see a Super Bowl contender in the locker room but I only see a .500 team on the field.

Now that is real talk from a real Raider fan…

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Tags: Carson Palmer Champ Bailey Darrius Heyward-Bey Denver Broncos Eric Decker Hue Jackson Jacoby Ford Jason Campbell Marcel Reece Michael Bush Michael Huff Muhammad Ali Oakland Raiders Tim Tebow Willis McGhaee

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