If the autumn wind is a pirate then Drew Brees and the Saints are a Cracken. The Oakland Raiders and their season plunged into the depths this evening by giving the New Orleans Saints an easy win. Yes, they gave the game to the Saints. In fact Kanye West might want to talk to Ice Cube about changing the Raider’s Pepsi Anthem to “Heartless”.
Carson Palmer’s interception problem reared its ugly head twice today. As if that was unexpected. With no Darren McFadden and no Mike Goodson the Raider’s reliance on Palmer was about as expected as a Twilight movie. Palmer was in a fight that he could not win. Tom Brady has Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Brandon Lloyd. Drew Brees has Jimmy Graham, Marquis Colston, and Darren Sproles. Blaine Gabbert has, well nobody, but Oakland sits in the same position. Heart or no heart Palmer is part of a team that would make Rudy vomit in his varsity jacket.
Oakland’s defense proved to in fact be just an extension of the New Orleans Saints offense. The Saints successfully planted Dennis Allen in the Raiders organization in hopes of sabotaging the Raider’s game today. At least that is the only explanation one can fathom for how the defense has been playing lately. The start of the second half summed up the entire day for the Raiders. A huge kick return followed by a Mark Ingram touchdown scamper. Just like those two plays the Raiders spent the day being dominated by a mediocre running game and the constant big play threat of the Saints. Tackling this problem was obviously not on Jason Tarver’s to-do list. In fact tackling wasn’t on any Raider’s to-do list. A great defense must start with heart, and heart has clearly gone the way of Hue Jackson.
On a more positive note there are some bright spots for Raider Nation to be hopeful for. Marcel Reese led the team in rushing and receiving once again proving his versatility. Reese’s performance didn’t win the game and it cannot save the season. However, Reese could prove as a more utilized weapon in the Raider’s offense next season. He could also serve as great trading material for a first round draft pick or an experienced veteran who can tackle. Reese would be more then wanted on teams like the New York Jets or the Detroit Lions who could more then use a spark for the running game.
Sadly the 2012 season is probably over. As unpredictable as the AFC West is the Raiders are more then likely playing for the draft now. This will be seen on Sundays as the Raiders will probably continue on the path of shame they have chosen. Unfortunately the proud Raider Nation must once again suffer through a rebuilding season, and like any other the most faith full of fans will suffer with the pride of a super bowl winner.