Five Postgame Takes
2. My goodness, the Chiefs are awful. They won three out of five to end last year's season, beating the Bears, Packers and Broncos along the way, and losing to the Raiders only after taking the game into to overtime. One offseason later and they're just painful to watch. Obviously, this is great news for us, as is the slow-motion slide of the San Diego Chargers from elite outfit to perpetual mediocrity.
3. On that note, maybe this season can be the inverse of last season for the Raiders. A rough start followed by strong finish, and sneaking into the playoffs instead of just missing them. It's not impossible. The road to the playoffs, however, looks like it's going to go through Peyton Manning. Can't lose another one to the Broncos.
4. Stop dropping balls that Carson Palmer is delivering to your hands. This is the NFL.
5. Two penalties for 20 yards. Last year, the Raiders averaged a league-worst 10.2 penalties per game. Right now, they're averaging 6 per game, and only eight teams are doing better than that. Obviously, this a great, and hopefully, telling trend. Now it's time to fix that red zone impotency...