The Oakland Raiders squeaked out yet another win this past Sunday, beating division rival San Diego – let’s break down the good, the bad, and the ugly from that game.
You can say this with all certainty – the Oakland Raiders absolutely love living dangerously. For the fifth consecutive week, they played a game that could have gone either way and wasn’t decided until the bitter end. And for the fourth time in those five weeks, the Raiders walked away with a win.
It’s a dangerous game the Raiders are playing – this whole not being able to put teams away thing. And you have to figure that, the law of averages being what they are, sooner or later, that walking on a razor’s edge is going to catch up to them.
There is no question that Oakland has made some scintillating plays on offense. And they’ve made some tremendous plays on defense. And all of that has contributed to their 4-1 start.
The trouble is, the offense is sometimes a little late getting started – though, they do eventually get going for the most part. But defense is – well – horrible for most of the game. Ranked dead last in the league in yards allowed and surrendering just under 453 yards a game, there really is no other way to describe them other than – horrible.
The offense has bailed them out time and time again. And in the case of the Tennessee game and now, the San Diego game, a healthy dash of dumb luck has aided them as well.
The Raiders are proving adept at dodging bullets. But sooner or later, they’re going to need to learn to tighten up on defense and close out games. If they don’t, those bullets will catch up with them eventually.
But what matters most at this point in time is that they notched another win, have moved to 4-1 on the year, and own a share of first place in the division. So let’s break down the good, the bad, and the ugly from their win over the San Diego Chargers.