The Carson Palmer acquisition is a disaster for the Oakland Raiders; at a time when success at that position is needed more than ever. And Darren McFadden is not bailing out the quarterback any more. The Raiders precipitous fall from grace is especially hard to swallow for their passionate fan base after the passing of their iconic owner Al Davis.
The paragraphs that follow outline the reasons why the Detroit Lions will defeat the Raiders on Sunday.
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh returns to the field. He has had some issues in Portland since he was suspended on Thanksgiving for his extra-curricular activities. This pent up hostility should add to his play this Sunday. Many players on the offensive line will be banged up for Oakland, while he will come into the game well rested with a substantial chip on his shoulder.
Matthew Stafford doesn’t have to play in a cold weather game this week. The high on Sunday afternoon looks to be around sixty with little to no wind. The ineffectiven...