Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Call Me Nostradamus

I said that third-down conversion rates (final numbers: 29% for Raiders, 50% for Eagles) would clearly reflect the outcome of the game. I predicted a tough battle, with both teams scoring in the twenties, and with three points being the final margin of victory. I was right on all accounts. Except for that minor technicality about the Raiders winning.


Blogger js said...

Struth, not bad prognosticating, but those 3rd down numbers really do tell the tale. Turner spoke about it today. The Raiders put themselves in too many 3rd-and-long situations, which in turn invites teams to blitz Collins, which in turn forces Collins to throw off his back foot and miss people. You know the drill. Until the Raiders cut down on the penalties and find a running game, it's hard to see those stats changing anytime soon.

A possibly relevant Nostradamus quatrain:

In the Bay City where the faults split
A strong winged bird must needs heave long
To avenge flying banners of yellow
And the toppling of runners back.

It's either about the 2005 Raiders or the assassination of Anwar Sadat. You make the call.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Thank you, fellow football poet!

Maybe Andrew Walter is the winged bird? And maybe the earth will shake the Raiders out of their stupid penalties stupor?

5:06 PM  
Blogger js said...

One can hope about the earth shaking.

As for Walter, even if Turner decides that he should bench Collins, order would fall to Tuiasosopo--not just because he's second on the depth chart, but because it's the final year of his contract and the Raiders would probably want to see what they've been investing in these last five years. Tui is much more mobile than Collins and in college was known as a bit of a risk-taker (with all the good and bad this implies). If the Raiders fall to 0-5 we might see him under center. If the Raiders fall to 0-10, we might see Walter.

Let's hope we don't have to see either, and by week 11 are marveling at how the seemingly hapless Raiders rattled off seven straight victories.

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