DEFINITE PROGRESS.

Posted November 05, 2013

SINCE I don't have Direct TV (I have FiOS) I can't (nor would I) get the NFL package where I can see every game. This means I don't get to see many Oakland games, and when I do go over to my best friend's house (he has the NFL package) I usually have to watch them play someone like the Colts, or the Jags, or the 49ers. I don't get to measure the RAIDERS against opponents that I'm as familiar with, as I am with who the EAGLES play against.

Getting to see the EAGLES and RAIDERS head to head gave me a chance to measure the RAIDERS in a way I don't usually get to unless the RAIDERS play the Cowgirls (a heated rivalry). 

Final score aside, I have to say that I was pleased with the progress the RAIDERS have made. While the big story is the EAGLES 49 points, The RAIDERS kept the trains moving on time on Offense and put up their customary 20 points. This with DMac sidelined, the O-line chewed up, and Terrelle Pryor's development as a passer continuing. (I HATE when he drops back and spins to his left turning his back to the play. Now that you've definitely seen it, you'll now know what I mean when I moan about it!) This is a qualitative and quantitative basis to work from.

While the RAIDERS Defense was apparently still hung over from the night before, it's worth mentioning that the EAGLES Defense didn't stop the RAIDERS from playing their game at all. In fact the only team to hold Oakland to less than 17 all season so far has been the Chiefs. I said in the preseason that Oakland would need to be able to get to QB's early and get contributions from Special Teams to win games this year. They got neither and lost. They're right where they should be. 

Lost in the EAGLES 49 points is the story of the RAIDERS development. That is unless you're an announcer on FOX, who kept making mention of it, and of how Reggie McKenzie deserves credit for the change in the culture there. All in all (especially since I won both of my fantasy games, and the Sixers beat the Bulls (my 2 NBA favs)) it was a great week for sports. 

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