Following Their Loss to The Texans, The Raiders Are So Close, Yet so Far

Frank Fittipaldi@@Frank_FittiCorrespondent IIOctober 4, 2010

Gradkowski and The Raiders fell to 1-3 after a loss to The Texans.
Gradkowski and The Raiders fell to 1-3 after a loss to The Texans.Thearon W, Henderson/Getty Images

The optimism of Oakland Raider fans might be slowly fading away. Although there is life in The Raiders organization, there is a cause for concern. After a Week 4 31-24 loss to The Texans, The Raiders can only look back and think how they should be 3-1 instead of 1-3. The Raiders lost a heart breaker in Week 3 and returned home in Week 4, only to leave Raider fans disappointed.

Bruce Gradkowski and The Raider offense had no issues keeping up with the Texans offense, but 3 costly turnovers from The Raiders' quarterback led them to their downfall. Gradkowski fumbled in Texans territory late in the first half, perhaps the most costly turnover for The Raiders. The fumble stopped a drive which could have possibly put The Raiders up 21-14 going into halftime. Instead, the score remained tied at 14, and Houston received the ball to start the second half.

After being benched for some off the field issues, Texans running back Arian Foster's number was called and he made an immediate impact. Foster, perhaps the biggest surprise in The NFL, broke a 74 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter. Run defense has been the biggest concern for The Raiders so far this season, and this Sunday was no different. The Texans ran for nearly 250 yards, torching The Raiders Defense. Arian Foster ran for over 100 yards, and backup Derrick Ward contributed another 80 yards. Both backs reached the end zone.

The Raiders had no answer for Arian Foster, as he caught a 10 yard pass from Matt Schaub to go up 31-14 in the 4th quarter. Down by 17, tight end Zach Miller was the only thing keeping The Raiders offense in tact this afternoon, catching 11 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. Miller and The Raiders did fight back in the 4th by scoring 10 points, but it was not enough. Gradkowski threw 2 second half interceptions, eliminating any chance of The Raiders making a comeback. Losing was not the worst news for Raider fans today, but it was the injury to their most feared play maker. Darren McFadden was having a solid day, until going down with a hamstring injury in the 3rd quarter. McFadden has been a bright spot for The Raiders this year, and they can only hope the injury is minor and that he will return in Week 5 at home against San Diego. The Raiders have played fairly well this season, but they have been their own worst enemy. Turnovers have killed The Raider Nation, and they need to do a better job protecting the football if they want to win some games this season. The Chargers come to The Black Hole in Week 5, and The Raiders need to get their act together to have any chance of coming out on top.