Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
Bonehead penalties and injuries at wide receiver and to the team's only long snapper spelled disaster for the Raiders as they dropped their first game of the season to the San Diego Chargers.
However, if those issues are fixed, then this team could still be very good.
The defense, all things considered, played extremely well. Penalties were their bugaboo and wiped away their good work as twice on one drive the Raiders gave the Chargers a first down because the refs were forced to throw the laundry.
Short fields for the Chargers also put the Raiders defense at a disadvantage—short fields that came as a result of disastrous attempts to punt the ball. Two bad snaps from the back-up long-snapper and a blocked punt gave the Chargers incredible field position that they used to put points on the board.
For that, it's hard to blame the Oakland defense.
On offense, Darren McFadden is just fun to watch. It looks like he has a chance to go the distance every time he touches the ball, and he had 28 touches on Monday night.
McFadden was constantly the guy Carson Palmer went to as he clearly has lost any trust in his receivers. Darrius Heyward-Bey continues to be a train wreck, Jacoby Ford is having foot surgery and will miss time, and Denarius Moore was scratched from Monday's game.
The Raiders could turn this around, but it's going to take a little bit of luck and some good coaching.