What a difference a week makes. Last week at this time Raider fans were positive and optimistic. The Raiders were 1 game out of the playoffs, Pryor’s name was being etched into the history books and the Defense just had its best performance in a decade. Now 7 days later, the Raiders are left to lick its wounds. The most reliable, consistent part of the team failed them, while the Offense, while posting well over 500 yards only mustered 20 points. 7 of which was during mop up duty. Now there are plenty of questions, is McFadden OK? To which I say, does it matter? “Crystal” is his nickname around our section in the coliseum. Looks nice and shiny, but please handle with care. Pryor also left the game with a knee injury that would later be classified as minor and was pulled as “Precautionary”. Game was out of hand at that point. DJ Hayden looked like a rookie, unfortunately like an Undrafted rookie. Brandian Ross was out right terrible. Oh and lets not forget that Lamarr Houston who has been looking consistent all year; looked like he wanted to be somewhere else. Lets give some….no a lot of credit to the Eagles. They absolutely pummeled the Raiders defense and the Eagles Defense had a nice game plan against Pryor. Although Pryor actually had a pretty decent game (382 total yards), he generate 0 touchdowns and had 2 interceptions. Those 2 were tipped however, after hitting Raiders receivers in the hands. I’m not even going to mention Foles…no need to. Second week in a row a QB set or tied an NFL record in the Coliseum.
These are what we call growing pains. Did we as Raiders fans think this was just going be turned around in one season? This was the supposed to be the transition year. The year that doesn’t matter. It’s next year that matters. Well I am sure the Players and coaches on that field would feel very insulted at the insinuation that no season matters. It does matter for the players, coaches and us as fans. the fact that they have played the way they have up to this point shines a positive light on Dennis Allen and his staff. The roster is playing hard for them which is a good sign for a coach. Now individually, I would not worry about DJ Hayden. I can remember a certain #21 Nnamdi Asomugha in his rookie year struggling the same, if not worse than what Hayden is right now. It was not until the latter part of his rookie year that he came around and started looking like the All-Pro he eventually became. As far as Pryor goes, he will be fine. He works hard, he is smart and has all the talents and skills one would want in a modern day NFL QB. There are going to be days like this for everyone. This was a bad day at the office in general. Now take the nastiness of this game and learn from it. In the past I would have been oh boy, here we go again, but this year feels different.I expect the Raiders Defense to take it out on the Giants. Which BTW, this was just posted on twitter:
Rueben Randle told me re: Philly's 7 TDs vs. OAK: "You can't just watch what they did and think if we do the same things, we'll get 7, too"
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) November 4, 2013
Nothing like some bulletin board material this early on in the week. Lets hope the Raiders Defense sees this and responds to this.