Today, we learned that if things get bad they will get worse. Not talking a little bit worse, talking biblical worse!
The Oakland Raiders were dominated in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Raider Nation was over-powered, over-matched and out-played.
Never mind that the Raiders have dropped four straight losses to opponents. The Bengals bashed out 289 yards in the first half alone. The Bengals scored 24 unanswered points in the first half. The Raider defense gave up 224 yards on the ground and Andy Dalton (The Red Rifle) threw for three touchdowns. If was not Black Friday, it was black and blue Sunday.
In the last four games, the Raider defense has given up 169 points along with 701 yards rushing. If your thinking that’s bad, it gets worse; opponents have thrown for 1027 yards in the air. The defense that had played well in the beginning of the season has dropped anchor while the ship sinks. Send out the S.O.S.!
Carson Palmer has now been sacked 12 times in the last four games. He has been hit, pushed, hurried, and knocked down to many times to count. Yes, he still gives up his one gratuitous interception per game. Throwing off your back foot will do that to you. He has a tendency to loft the ball when that happens.
The Raiders bright spot was when Palmer beat a blitz by lofting a 20-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore for the lone Raider touchdown. Sebastian Janikowski’s 55-yard field goal ended the scoring drought in the third quarter.
The Raiders lost total composure when Lamar Houston and Tommy Kelly were involve in a scuffle with Cincinnati Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, following Houston’s sack of Andy Dalton. Tommy Kelly came off the bench, and all three players were ejected and escorted to the locker room.
The Raiders have an opportunity to cash in with some victories in the final stanza of their season. Teams such as Cleveland, Kansas City, and Carolina remain on the schedule as well as Denver and San Diego.
The Raiders are 3-8 right now, win out and you’re 8-8; a giant step in the right direction.
If you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it!