Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/1/12

Raiders fans found themselves in an all too familiar place after Sunday's shellacking delivered courtesy of a rejuvenated Peyton Manning and the rest of Denver's dominating crew. 

After more than 10 years of losing (or at best .500) seasons, silver and black die-hards should certainly be used to a sputtering offense and a defense with more holes than Swiss cheese.  Still, following a hard fought win over a tough Pittsburgh Steelers team last week, they no doubt expected better.

Raiders followers should remember a few things before they dismiss Oakland completely as a lost cause this season.

- The Raiders had lost two of their best receivers before Sunday's game.  Darrius Heyward-Bey, out with a neck injury and Jacoby Ford, done for the season after foot surgery. 

Heyward-Bey will have had three weeks with next week's bye to recuperate.  In addition, number three receiver Denarius Moore has stepped up his game and is proving to be a reliable target with 12 receptions for 184 yards and a TD over only three games.

- The Raiders were forced to play against future hall-of-famer Manning without the benefit of either of their starting cornerbacks Shawntae Spencer or Ron Bartell.  Not an ideal situation by any measure.

Three weeks of rest should see one or both corners back in the lineup against a hot Atlanta Falcons team on October 14th when they'll be sorely needed.

-All three of the Raiders tight ends were suffering from nagging injuries or were out altogether.

Starter Brandon Meyers was cleared to play after sustaining a concussion against the Steelers.  Second stringer Richard Gordon was out with a bad hamstring, and even third string tight end David Ausberry had been bothered with a shoulder problem.

With a lack of starting receivers and a banged up tight end corps, QB Carson Palmer can be forgiven for a miserable 19 of 34 for a measly 202 yards.  Running back Darren McFadden also can't be blamed too much for his 13 attempts for a paltry 34 yards rushing since he was the only real offensive threat the Broncos needed to key on.

- The Raiders are running a brand new offensive system under a brand new head coach and offensive coordinator.  

Rome wasn't built in a day an neither were the high-flying Oakland Raiders championship teams of old.  Oakland's bye couldn't have come at a better time as this team is badly banged up.  Fans should expect at least some improvement in the contest against Atlanta as a result. 



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