One Postgame Take
At the end of the game, when you need to stop the other team to get the ball back and give yourself a chance, you have to wrap up the runner before he gets a first down, not bounce off him with your shoulder. Come on.
We will know more soon, but it's looking like what seemed like a leap year may turn out to be one of incremental improvement. Three weeks ago, the Raiders were being hailed as relevant, a strong playoff contender at four wins, three losses.
After today, this looks like a team that is coming back down to earth, to that balance point between the god-awful spectacle of the first game to the upstart contender after beating the Jets.
I'm still bullish on our passing corps, as far as the future is concerned, and despite it being out of sync all day today. But other chickens are coming to roost in terms of overall personnel and depth.
There is work to be done. It's too early to be writing this season off and talking about next year. But the arrow is pointing down on each of our division rivals. The Broncos are making one last push until they tumble over the Manning cliff. The Chiefs are who we thought they were. The Chargers are getting creaky and Lil' Phil isn't getting any younger.
It's an opportunity that should not be missed. The table is being set for an enduring division takeover. We need to be ready to feast. Which means we need more forks and knives, Reggie.
In the meantime, let's try not to get eaten.