Watched the Raiders last night against the Tennessee Titans. One of the broadcasters in last night’s game stated he expected the Raiders to make a move in the division … next year. I was inclined to agree.
As a matter of fact, looking at this team last night, I am reminded of a discussion with a friend of mine last week. I “predicted” the Raiders would go 9-7 … or 4-12, based on their inability to resolve whatever was going on with Derek Carr. Carr did not play well down the stretch, even in games the Raiders won. The unfortunate thing about Carr’s late season performance is, it coincides with a substance that has derailed careers: game tape.
I know Raiders fans, Amari Cooper hurt his foot. Rodney Hudson and Austin Howard suffered injuries. Still, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater had far worse lines to play behind, yet were still effective.
This Raiders team hasn’t looked a bit different than those Raiders from late last season, even with the multiple free agents brought in to bolster the roster. The team looks undisciplined, picking up more penalties than normal. Another annoying fact; the Raiders defense has been pummeled to start off these exhibition games. Eddie Lacy and the Titans multi-runner attack pounded them in back-to-back games. It’s reminiscent of those Raiders teams over the past decade.
Once again, I know, it’s exhibition season. But there’s a reason some teams like New England seem to win no matter what. Meanwhile, some teams like the Raiders get gashed by RB of the week in preseason, then do it throughout the regular season. Losing is a habit.
If you think losing in preseason is okay, you don’t realize your team is supposed to try to win every game.