Five Postgame Takes
1. I was there, and it was a blast. As always, the tailgate was the best in sports. The festive energy and unquestioning camaraderie and endless plumes of smoke from smoking meat and kids throwing balls with their dads...I know folks want a new stadium (and the team is essentially demanding one), but be careful what you wish for. This type of open tailgating is becoming extinct, and it will be a shame if the day comes that Raiders game tailgating is scaled back or eliminated.
2. The Raiders came to win yesterday. They were fired up from the start. These players really seem to understand the privilege of playing for such a rabid fan base, and make an effort to fire up the crowd at the right times.
3. I was a little disappointed to hear the home crowd loudly booing Schaub when he came into the game briefly for a hobbled Carr. Schuab may not be a good quarterback anymore, and you can be disappointed in the fact that the Raiders saw fit to sign him for so much, but by all accounts he's been a good soldier, and his sample size this season has been pretty small. Not a guy I would boo for just coming into the game.
4. That 50-yard strike by Carr to Holmes on third down with five minutes left was epic. Carr's arrow is pointed up, and he is a joy to behold. After going to so many games and seeing the likes of Kerry Collins and Andrew Walter and JaMarcus Russell and Jason Campbell and even Carson Palmer, it's nice to see a Raiders quarterback who is visibly jacked up to be out there, and always engaged.
5. That's three home wins in a row. Beating the Broncos in Denver next week to eke out a 4-12 record is a tall order, but what began as an awful season has become a little more palatable with a dash of minty fresh, thanks to these three wins.