Oakland Raiders Week 10 Primer: Purple People Eater Beaters

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Aug 22, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Chase Ford (86) catches a pass for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings beat the Oakland Raiders 20-12. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

My columns generally have a predictable format. I cover some specifics I found important from the game before, then highlight some match-ups for the upcoming game, and then throw out some hopefully interesting takes. I will be going away from that format this week, and instead I will be going into a deep football discussion.

After the 38-35 loss to the Steelers, many Raiders’ fans on Twitter were roasting Hayden while crediting Amerson (which made no sense), but on a whole, they felt it fit to blame the cornerbacks for the loss. The problem is, most of Raider Nation decided on a scapegoat and used it without actually taking the time to see what happened in the game. The All-22 coaches film shows the issues are clearly on the safeties and with scheme. Both issues can be corrected with a healthy defensive backfield.

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