I figured that the Raiders had no chance, since the Eagles needed a win, they have the highest scoring offense in the NFL, and the Raiders had been destroyed in the previous three weeks.
I even joined the choir against the Raiders and Al Davis. The underlying theme of my opinions has always been: Win, or I will tell you that you suck. No excuses.
With that said, I had made an exception to my rule and have long believed that the Raiders woes have been more complex than just Al Davis, but after three miserable losses, I had had enough.
Apparently, something clicked in their brains down in Oakland that they play in the NFL for loyal fans who want to see their team win, not just get paid.
And the Raiders have turned in an astonishing victory over the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 13-9.
Regardless of the fact that the Raiders benefited from missed opportunities (two missed FGs) by the Eagles, the Raiders created a number of opportunities for themselves with six sacks and clutch plays on offense.
Much maligned JaMarcus Russell went 17 of 28, 224 yards, a TD, and 2 INTs.
Justin "Rocksteady" Fargas came in with another solid performance on the ground with 87 yards and a long of 20.
Zach Miller proved once again why he is currently the best receiver on the team with 6 catches for 139 yards and an 86-yard TD. I should add that rookie receiver Louis Murphy had two critical blocks on that TD reception by Miller.
Fullback Gary Russell also provided clutch catches that totaled 55 yards in his first start. His final catch resulted in the first down that iced the game.
Keep in mind, that the Philly offense came to town as the highest scoring in the NFL. I don't believe that this was an ordinary choke. The Raiders won this game.
The questions are: Where has this team been the last three weeks? Why can't the Raiders play like this on a consistent basis? Do Raider fans need to threaten to boycott every week to get their attention?
This is the performance that Raider Nation knows that the Raiders are capable of, which is why we won't tolerate less than mediocre, as the Raiders had been in the previous three weeks.
All I can say is, the Raiders must stay focused and treat every game as equal: go out there to win. A momentary after-party for an upset win is nothing like playing in the postseason. Tomorrow is another day.
Next Sunday is another chance to get humiliated, so the best thing to do, is stay focused and make sure you win the next one, and the next one....
And the next one...