Originally written on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 12/19/11
Perhaps it just isn’t meant to be. Perhaps the Raiders – who looked so explosive and physical early in the season -- simply aren’t good enough to be a playoff team. After three straight losses, including Sunday’s crushing come-from-ahead fourth-quarter failure against the Lions, the 7-7 Raiders may have just fumbled away one too many opportunities. This team, after all, isn’t the same one that led the AFC West earlier this season. Without Darren McFadden, the team’s running game has turned from great to good. Without the speed of Jacoby Ford, Taiwan Jones and Denarius Moore for much of the second half of this season, the offense lacks the punch it packed earlier. And with Carson Palmer the man at QB instead of Jason Campbell, it seems the team’s personality has changed. Plus, as evidenced once again in the 28-27 loss to Detroit Sunday, the Raiders’ defense has too many times failed to close the door on a win. It happened in Buffalo. It happened against the Broncos in Oakland. It hap...
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