The second quarter of the 2012 campaign is now over, and Raiders went 2-2 in that period.
For a new owner, new GM, new head coach, new offense and new defense, that’s pretty much to be expected.
One observation is that the team has played every team close, and even in our losses the Raiders were in it up until the end.
The good news is that Palmer is a franchise QB, with a huge amount of talent, toughness and heart.
But there is much bad news, including Darren McFadden’s latest leg injury.
Going into the third quarter of the season without a running back will make the road ahead very difficult.
Wins against Kansas City and Jacksonville were satisfying. Last minute losses to Falcons and Bucs were painful but not unexpected.
After last years constant turmoil and chaos, it’s been refreshing to have a year of low penalties, low injuries and general decent football. Not as exciting or insane as Raider Football is known for, but I could use a more relaxed year.
I miss the wins we put together last year at this time. But perhaps we start slow and go big at the end rather than the reverse, as Raiders dropped 4 out of 5 to finish the season last year.
Questions to answer:
Can Dennis Allen and his staff get creative, take risks and get us in position to win games?
Can Raider defense finally gel and stabilize to stop the run at an average level?
Can Raider offense get a touchdown before the end of the second quarter?
The race for the division has begun to heat up and Broncos are on fire. Raiders must win 3 out of four in this next quarter of the season in order to stay competitive.
QB Carson Palmer went 9-4 against Baltimore as a Cincinnati Bengal, passing for 3,202 yards.
Raiders need to win this game against the Ravens, and follow it up with wins against Browns and Bengals in order for us to make the playoffs.
A tall order indeed.
But to be worthy of the Silver and Black, there is no quarter asked or given.