Visiting Ohio this week, I was lucky enough to enjoy the Browns versus Raiders game with the family and it was a good match up! Browns fans are accustomed to being the underdog and they assured me that the Raiders had the advantage in this one. As a honorable guest I insisted that the Browns wouldn’t go down without a fight, and I ended up being all too correct!
Raiders came out swinging, and showed superiority on both offense and defense at first. But once QB Jason Campbell went down with a broken collar bone, all bets were off. Back up Kyle Boller did a decent job and kept us in the game long enough for Jacoby Ford to run one in and for kicker Shane Lechler to become the highest rated QB in history- one throw/one TD, a perfect record!
Browns defense kept it close and Cleveland stayed in the game until the very last seconds. A tough battle between two average teams hungry for some wins! Luckily for me, all the pieces on the Oakland team were enough to get the win.
But for all the steps forward Raiders have taken this season, losing Jason Campbell is a huge step back. Suddenly all the optimism is sucked out of the room and my predictions of glory begin to wobble. It’s a huge blow and all Raider fans are questioning what comes next.
Seems like every game this season has been a serious roller coaster ride! Being a Raider fan has never been for the faint of heart, but this campaign has had me on the edge of my seat.
A few thoughts:
Penalties were WAY down in this game, only 5! Awesome progress and really a huge step forward.
Now that we’ve lost Jason I’m reminded that Hue Jackson is the real leader of this team. No piece of the puzzle can not be replaced, as long as Hue is moving them on the chess board.
I have been a huge Jason Campbell fan, and have seen this team improve in so many ways since Jamarcus got fired. I will always be Jason’s fan and he will always be a true Raider hero in my mind. He did so much for this team and I hope some way some how he can remain a part of it. I feel terrible for him and think that Raiders owe him a huge debt.
Hue continues to call amazing and entertaining plays to win these games. The fake punt/Touch Down pass from Lechler goes down in history as a seriously awesome call. Special teams is the best in the league.
Offensive line is awesome. Defensive line came out vicious and brutal. DHB making catches. Defensive backs keeping us in the game, and making plays when needed. Rookies doing their best, learning and growing.
We are really missing Fullback Marcel Reece. He hits the defense like a wrecking ball so McFadden can run through the rubble. Once he is back in, I expect to see #20 doing major damage.
This team has a short window to do something in the NFL. Despite the critics, the pundits, the haters and our own low self-esteem, this team MUST keep fighting, the opportunity to achieve a championship is so dam short! NOW IS THE TIME!