Monday, September 21, 2020

Saints Gamenight Thread

Last week, I said prove it--and they did. In a game the Raiders seem to always lose, the one where they have to make a last stand on defense, they actually made a last stand. 

Now we have the official start of the Vegas era, against an opponent that provides a much truer test of what the Raiders are this year. 

Will they pass the test? We shall see. GO RAIDERS!

P.S. Friends, thanks for your comments and takes, I'm enjoying them, it's keeping this place going! 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Panthers Gameday Thread / Groundhog Day

If you are still here, I appreciate it. If not, I understand. Either way, here goes, because even though I've lost steam here, I want to keep the conversation available to RT old-timers and any newcomers alike. 

Obviously, the whole Vegas thing is new and sticks in my craw, but I'll get over it.

Beyond that, this feels a bit like Groundhog Day to me. How many years (decades?) have we been saying, "Prove it" to start a season.

Ever since this blog was launched 16 years ago, after so many changes, so many players, so many picks, so many coaches and different management structures and even an ownership change along with a relocation, here we are again. 

Prove it. 

This is Gruden's third year, yet it still feels to me like we have a long way to go. 

Of course, that feeling could go away today, if the Raiders come out and look re-energized and ready to compete at a high level, and become a playoff contender in 2020. 

It's not too much to ask, or, more to the point, expect. Not after all of this time. 

Entire organizations have been remade into Super Bowl contenders twice (see Niners) while the Raiders have been floundering since Gruden's first turn at the helm. 

It's time. Prove it. GO RAIDERS!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Las Vegas Raiders Draft Thread

Hello, friends. It's been a while. Too long, in fact. Since my last take, the Oakland Raiders have officially become the Las Vegas Raiders, and a global pandemic has swept the world. Time flies.

About this Las Vegas Raiders thing. It's a bitter pill to swallow for someone who grew up in the Bay Area rooting for the original Oakland Raiders, and who was elated when they returned to their rightful land in 1995. It should have been forever.

I can't begrudge the City of Oakland for not giving public funds to a billion-dollar enterprise. That said, I can't begrudge Mark Davis for accepting hundreds of millions of dollars in free money for a modern stadium. I will say, if the Raiders were going to move out of state, I cannot think of a more fitting destination than Las Vegas, with its proximity to California and its own brand of renegade spirit. But a little part of me died when they officially left Oakland this winter.

Regarding the pandemic, I think it's time to start ramping things back up where it's regionally appropriate. Yes, we need to be careful. Yes, this virus can be virulently lethal (see New York City). That said, the despair, joblessness, stress, loneliness, depression and fear of seeking medical attention for other issues is its own mounting health crisis. This isn't an either/or equation. It's a balancing act. Not every region is affected equally. Screaming "science" when the science is different every day isn't the answer, either. The response needs to be measured and thoughtful, with the knowledge that risk tolerance is nothing new, but something we live with every day.  

Anyhow, back to the draft. This promises to be a draft day for the ages, precisely because it will be so unique and watched by so many. It's truly the only game in town, and it will be interesting to see what Mayock and Gruden do, especially in the first round. Will it be one of the big three WRs? If Tua falls will they be tempted? Or, in true Vegas fashion, will they deal a wild card?

Grab your popcorn. It's going to be fun, and I look forward to your predictions and takes! I hope that you and yours are all well, thanks for sticking around these parts. 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Broncos Gameday Thread

In addition to a slim chance at making the playoffs, a win today would ensure that the Raiders don't end the season with the same record as the lowly Broncos. A lot to play for, time to end the season on a solid note. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Jaguars Gameday Thread

I'm sorry, but you can't give up 116 points in three weeks and not get the Clown Car. I've tried to resist busting out this RT original meme in 2019, but now I'm as powerless as the Raiders' secondary. You just can't go on a historic run like that without getting the Clown Car.

The good news is that we're playing a beatable foe today, and it's never too late to right the ship and end the season on a positive run. It starts today, GO RAIDERS!

P.S. To all the resident inmates here, thanks for keeping the fires burning even when the playoff hopes are going up in flames. 00, NY, Nate, Denise and the rest of you. Sandy, stick around if you can, your voice is valued, this place is never easy but we persevere. 5er, have fun today, there's nothing like the Coliseum experience, there'll never be anything like it once it's gone, soak it up and do report back.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Titans Gameday Thread

Let’s be honest, this is a MUST WIN! Do it. Go Raiders!

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Chiefs Gameday Thread

It was hard to resist the request to break out the Clown Car last Sunday, but I'm inclined to give the Raiders a pass (although watching the Bengals take the lowly Jets to the woodshed today makes me wonder...). It was a bad loss for sure, and one that could haunt them in the long run. Gotta rebound against a tough opponent today. If they don't, our playoff hopes will be in peril. The secondary MUST step up! GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Jets Gameday Thread

This is what I would call a cultural "must win." The Jets are a nowhere team. Yes, it's on the road. Yes the Jets are playing better. But if the Raiders plan to make any sort of run this year, this is the type of game they need to dominate. To prove it to themselves. To set the tone and serve notice. I think they will do it. GO RAIDERS! 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Bengals Gameday Thread

Things are setting up very nicely and surprisingly the AFC West. This is no time to faceplant against an inferior team, go Raiders!

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Chargers Gamenight Thread

This has the feel of a potential elimination game.

The sixth seed in the AFC is up for grabs. After this, the Raiders play the Bengals and Jets, and there's no reason for them not to go 2-0 in that stretch.

So if they win tonight, they should be looking at a 7-4 record with five left to play, which would clearly position them to secure a playoff berth.

A loss tonight may not be a nail in the coffin, but it would pin them at 4-5, allow the Chargers to overtake them for second place, and steepen their path significantly.

The Chargers throttled the Packers' passing attack, so they present a worthy foe to Carr & Co. tonight.

Can we get Jacobs more involved in the passing game, get him out in space? He's averaging 9+ yards per reception, yet he's getting just two targets per game.

Regardless, it will probably come down to our secondary. Our secondary ALWAYS makes it interesting. They need to tighten it up tonight and shut Lil' Phil down.


Sunday, November 03, 2019

Lions Thread

Another late post, it’s all tied up in the fourth  quarter, Got to get the lead and the defense cannot be like a stick of butter surrounded by hot knives at the end. Go Raiders!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Texans Gameday Thread

 I am a little late to this one, but it’s now the fourth quarter and so far so good. Got to hold the line! Go Raiders!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Packers Gameday Thread

Raiders looking legit through one quarter. Make it happen, keep heat on the Chiefs, win the West! GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Bears Gameday Thread

Wow, what a start! Turn the so-called revenge game on its head. Go Raiders!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Colts Gameday Thread

Well, we might already be at a turning point for the 2019 season. Go 1-3 and it starts to feel pretty grim. Make it to 2-2 and you feel like ground could be gained. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Vikings Gameday Thread

Will the real Raiders please stand up!? Let's see what they are made of today. GO RAIDERS!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Chiefs Gameday Thread

A tall order today--and also a massive opportunity to stun the NFL world. The defense will need to be ultra attentive and aggressive, gotta avoid the big chunk plays. Carr and Co. need to bring their A+ game to keep pace. It's going to be fun. GO RAIDERS!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

One Postgame Take

What a resounding start to the season. The Raiders looked locked in and fired up. The offense executed with a crispness we haven't seen in a while. Derek Carr was awakened, and Josh Jacobs looked like a revelation. So did Waller. Williams stepped up big time, as if saying, "A.B. who?" The secondary still looks prone to yielding big chunks (something you want to fix before facing the Chiefs) and patty-caking as ball carriers drag them down the field, hopefully Abram's megahit style will start rubbing off. Good thing that surefire TD pass bounced off that Bronco receiver's chest, or this could have gotten uncomfortably close. That said, and despite the score, the end result felt like total domination of the Broncos. Wow, good on Gruden and the Raiders for coming prepared and passionate in the wake of a crazy week. So far, so good.