Five Postgame Takes
2. After beating the Steelers, I thought we might have some momentum. But it was apparently just a moment.
3. We are now on pace for a 4-12 record. Sound familiar?
4. I'm keeping this short because I didn't see the whole thing. I saw just enough of the second and third quarters, and listened to the rest on the radio. The Clown Car is gassed up, but I'm not going to turn the key tonight. This wasn't a case of ineptitude. It was a matter of basic domination. Manning and the Broncos were just superior, in an obvious way. The Raiders weren't embarrassed, they were simply dominated. That said, the result was embarrassing.
5. We are rebuilding, which is always hard, and even harder when you lack draft picks and have a salary cap problem. That said, I see no reason why this team should be appreciably worse than last year. I thought it might be challenging to take a step forward this year. But I didn't foresee a big step backward in the win column. There's still time, but the backward path has been fairly paved in September. It looks like the long haul is upon us.