Well, Raider Nation, today about summed up the season for the Oakland Raiders. With everything to play for, the Raiders played good enough but not great. With the entire season on the line the Raiders hung themselves out to dry.
Give credit to Matt Stafford and the Detroit Lions. They made all the plays when it mattered most. Calvin Johnson was unstoppable which is why you have to wonder why Rolando McClain was stuck covering Megatron at a crucial point in the game.
You also have to wonder if Oakland’s playoff hopes are as dead as Elvis.
Three weeks ago Oakland was in the driver’s seat. Three weeks later and they’re riding bitch.
Hue Jackson, you have a problem.
Your team – injured or not – gave the Detroit Lions their best shot and all they did was laugh. The Lions never panicked. The Raiders did. It is just that simple. In the clutch, one team was Kobe Bryant while the other was LeBron James. I’ll let you guess who was who.
Darrius Heyward-Bey played one of the best games of his career. Unfortunately he’ll be remembered for his costly fumble. But that’s how it goes when you’re playing for a squad that might have squandered their playoff aspirations.
Today provided a golden opportunity. The Denver Tebows finally met their match. Still, the Raiders couldn’t capitalize.
Today’s last loss leaves the Raiders with two must-win contests against divisional foes.
Let’s not count on getting help. That is not an option when the Raiders can’t help themselves. There is just no excuse for allowing a team to go 98 yards with the game on the line. Besides, the Raiders have gotten all the help their going to get. From here out it is on Coach Jackson and his players.
Forget about getting Darren McFadden back. Unless a miracle occurs his season is over. Forget about getting the Mile High Jesus to make losing a trend. That might not happen until next year. While you’re at it you can also forget about this team making good on Coach Jackson’s promise of competing for a Super Bowl.
About all that is left is to improve on last year’s “non-losing” season.
Hue Jackson, you have a problem and unless as miracle occurs chances are you won’t be able to fix that problem until next season.