The excuses have officially run out even on a day when the Raiders were given excuses for why they lost. Whistlegate won’t even go down as one of the more infamous injustices this franchise has endured. The officiating error in the third quarter that ultimately proved to be the final nail in the coffin of Oakland’s latest embarrassment is hardly worth talking about.
Were the Raiders screwed? Perhaps. But trailing 24-0 at halftime the Raiders had already done all the self-screwage necessary to lose regardless of the refs’ shortcomings.
The official record will show the Raiders losing 34-10 to the Cincinnati Bengals and that’s all that matters.
Once again Dennis Allen’s team was completely unprepared and uninspired from the opening kick resulting in an insurmountable deficit.
Keep in mind those 24 points the Raiders spotted the Bengals were insurmountable only because Greg Knapp’s offense remains more useless than a eunuch on a porn set.
For whatever it’s worth the Raiders actually put in an inspired effort in the second half. At least the defense did.
After being run all over by BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the first half the Raiders’ defense tightened the screws and came out of the locker room focused. Jason Tarver’s D actually looked like a unit capable of carrying the Silver and Black back to a respectable standing in the NFL. Keep in mind they still gave up plenty of big plays, got no pressure on Andy Dalton and still lost big. But the second half was impressive.
Too bad Knapp’s offense remains more inept than Norv Turner.
Carson Palmer’s NFL homecoming went as horribly as possible. Palmer and the Oakland offense did absolutely nothing outside of one scoring drive. And just when Palmer and the Raiders were within striking distance of making this one interesting the inevitable happened as the Oakland O-line once again left their QB stranded resulting in a costly fumble.
As you’d expect the Bengals capitalized on most every Raider mistake made. Before Raider Nation even had time to check the starting lineups this one was o-v-e-r.
So much for this season.
Sure, Coach Allen got an inspired effort from his team in the second half. Still, it is beyond obvious that these men have no intention of playing hard for their head coach. Whatever Allen’s preaching the Raiders aren’t buying. There is no disputing that having sat through Oakland’s fourth straight listless loss.
Whatever the future holds for this franchise is unknown. All we truthfully know is that this is going to be a painful process. I’ve seen Raider teams finish with worst records but I’ve never seen a Raider team play this horribly.
There are no more excuses. The absolute worst thing you can say about a professional team is that they’ve quit. I’m not ready to call these Raiders quitters but…if the shoe fits…