Head Coach Tom Cable knows it.
I bet the NFL knows it.
The players know it.
Nobody wants to admit it, but Oakland is kind of getting the short end of the stick on referee calls this year, wouldn't you say?
Louis Murphy doesn't like it. He said, "That's two...not like I'm counting."
Let's take this opportunity at the quarter mark of the season to go back and look at what could've been for the Raiders shall we?
P.S. The Broncos are going to win the AFC West this year...*GAG*
Geez, you guys are so gullible.
Late in the second quarter of one of the best games of the weekend, and the last one, and you think we are giving you a touchdown to go up 14-7 going into the half.
Get out of town!
That's what the league head of officiating said to Al Davis on Tuesday morning after the game.
Louis Murphy was robbed, and to rub it in, the league called two touchdown passes the next week that were 10 times more questionable than the Louis Murphy catch.
So, with that call, we go from a final of 24-24 and overtime to a final of 24-20 Chargers win.
Undoubtedly, the first team with possession in overtime would've scored.
Week two, Oakland wins. No need to explain anything here.
Week three, the Broncos prove to be too much to handle. Oakland gets lumped up 23-3.
We'll get them next time.
In my opinion this was the only loss that was not tainted by bad referees this year. That is a hard pill to swallow.
So it's the first quarter, Oakland is on the road in Texans playing Houston.
Houston leads the game 6-3, and it is 3rd-and-13 for the Raiders.
JaMarcus Russell has time, no blitz, throws to the outside and hits Louis Murphy right on the money for a 17-yard gain.
The line judge comes running in signaling to stop the clock, and signals "catch, catch, catch."
First down Raiders, but suddenly...another official comes in and says no catch.
Raiders line up to punt. Murphy is pleading with Tom Cable to throw the challenge flag, and Cable does.
The play goes under the microscope.
I don't know who paid the ref.
"Did it cause Oakland to lose? No, it was too early in the game. But it changed the tone of the game. After that play, Murphy couldn't catch a cold." said Tony Bruno of Comcast sports.
Another blown call in the same game...NO!
A personal foul roughing the passer right in front of the referee. Apparently, Tom Brady gets a slap on the leg and the whole world ends, but if JaMarcus catches a helmet to the face, that's okay.
That one prompted a pretty heated debate with Tom Jackson and Trent Dilfer agreeing that officials are ruining the game by not being consistent on their calls on ESPN's postgame coverage that night.
No surprise that the Raiders are involved yet again.
There you have it.
Three bad calls and nine drops in the Texans game.
This team will fire on all cylinders at some point. Could it be Sunday at the Meadowlands?
Click this link to see where I think the burden falls this week: http://fanhuddle.com/oaklandraiders/2009/10/08/raiders-wide-receivers-ready-to-step-up-with-quarterback/