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RAIDERS!

RAIDERS!

RAIDERS!

Whoooo, boy, they're 5-4 on a 3 game winning streak and they've beaten everyone in their division! I mean this is just awesome! A good test will come in two weeks when they go to Pittsburgh after their bye week and play some hard nose football.
 

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RAIDERS!

RAIDERS!

RAIDERS!

Whoooo, boy, they're 5-4 on a 3 game winning streak and they've beaten everyone in their division! I mean this is just awesome! A good test will come in two weeks when they go to Pittsburgh after their bye week and play some hard nose football.
It makes no sense. Despite a meddling owner, inept coach, horrible OL, questionable QB play and a D that occasionally forgets to tackle they're winning. It's been awesome getting to see them on TV again.
 

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^^^The meddling owner is responsible for getting 3 super bowl rings, and 5 super bowl appearances. Is he meddling? Of course. Does he have a right to be? Sure he does. He expects results, and he expects them quick. It's just questionable when he goes after guys like Jamarcus Russell and wants to keep them. Of course he makes mistakes. Hiring Lane Kiffin, that could be viewed as a mistake. Ask Tennessee.

With regards to Tom Cable, he's getting better. They still lack discipline (Raiders lead the league in penalties) and you don't expect him to be a smart guy because of his O-line background. But he's succeeding thus far. Maybe it's consistency. Most coaches have come and gone so fast but he's held on and controlled the asylum.

Jason Campbell is a bit of a mystery. I can't figure out how he can look so bad in San Francisco, and look so good since. I will say this, the Raiders play down to the teams they play against. If the team sucks, they'll suck. If the team is solid, they'll fight and keep it close. The only difference now is they are figuring out how to close out games.

The defense is what has helped them out so far. Secondary, eh. But the defensive line, and the bigger blitz schemes are what's doing it. They are more aggressive up front and that is freeing up the line backers.

Here's a major difference offensively than the last few years:
1. Darren McFadden. At long last a running back that is seriously a threat running and catching. He's carrying the major duties offensively and that gives help to average qb's.
2. Zack Miller. The dude is money and a qb's best friend. He's got great hands, he can block, and he knows where to be when that ball is thrown.
3. Bush and Reece. Great supporting staff of Power running backs. These guys are there when we need them to lower that shoulder and get dirty. Reece can catch and run too (see Seattle game).
4. Jacoby Ford! Wow. This rookie and the defense are why we won vs. Kansas City. Offensively, he put the team on his shoulders and took off. Kid is FAST and can catch. Can you say Playmaker?
5. Hue Jackson (offensive coordinator), is drawing up better plays, making schemes for players to step up when others are hurt, and is a good coach to the offense. And when you get guys like Bruce Gradkowski - an absolute gamer that is chomping at the bit to play - paired up with Jason Campbell who has demonstrated that he can play, these two qb's are competitive and they raise the bar in their work ethic and study habits. It absolutely reflects on the playing field. They are playing beyond their talents because they are working at it. Jamarcus Russell never worked at it, he just expected that his god given talent would do it all for him. That's why he's history.

Lastly, heart. Maybe it was that blowout win in Denver that did it for them, but since then, they've turned the corner and are playing with such heart . . . it's reminiscent of 2000 to 2002. They're playing with intensity, focus, and drive. They aren't quitting when they know it's close and in the 4th qtr. They aren't beating themselves.

Pittsburgh will be a great test for them. Pittsburgh has not owned them at all in the previous decade. In fact, Oakland has had more wins against Pittsburgh. Especially last year when Gradkowski had those two come from behind drives in Pittsburgh to win the game. Of course Palomalu was not playing, but still, this will be the great test they need to see if there will be a post season.

Post-season? Imagine that.
 

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Did bach root for the Broncos?
I'm not a big sports fan or follower but was disappointed just the same. Home field usually means something so not coming out on top was more of a surprise but I didn't watch the game too closely. In the first half it looked promising.

The word football and related topics was conspicuously absent for a few days around Colorado following the game.
 
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