Lately the Oakland Raiders have looked like a zombie without the hunger for human flesh. Just a reanimated corpse staggering down the road to the playoffs. Part of the reason for their undead state has been a lifeless offense. A lot of that has to do with injuries but Hue Jackson will tell you it’s all about effort.
In an effort to resurrect the offense rookie receiver Denarius Moore is slated to return from the dead on Sunday. For the first time in weeks Moore will be back in the mix and his return might not have come at a better time. The Raiders are reeling at the wrong time. Just three weeks ago Oakland’s playoff hopes were living a happy life. Currently those hopes are fading no thanks to the Lord and Savior of football raising the Denver Broncos from the dead.
We all know that Carson Palmer has been plagued by turnovers. Nothing can excuse that. Truth of the matter is he’s been without his top playmakers. Getting Moore back could provide a vital lift to the sagging offense. Denarius said as much when the Chronicle asked him about his return to action.
“It’s going to open up the offense a whole bunch. We still need folks that’s going to help open up the running game and then just help them get the safeties out of there, make sure that we get our blocking schemes right. It’s just help helping add more weapons, basically.”
Sunday’s clash looks like it could be a death match with the loser putting one foot firmly in the playoff grave. If Moore comes back as the dynamic player we saw earlier then the Raiders just might get some of their hunger for flesh back. From here out they need to devour the competition. The margin for error grows smaller by the day.
While Moore’s presence alone cannot save the season it doe give the Lions an extra body to be concerned with on Sunday. That could be enough to gain an advantage of some kind. Right about now the Raiders need any leg up they can get. Without their best weapons the Raiders were growing stiffer than a corpse in a meat locker. Hopefully Moore will be the man to give this team new life. Sometimes all it takes is a spark to ignite the flame necessary to burn all the way into the postseason.