Do the Oakland Raiders Deserve More Respect?

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Do the Oakland Raiders Deserve More Respect?
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Jason Campbell, Langston Walker and Michael Bush celebrate after a big play

The Oakland Raiders are coming off a 59-14 dismantling of their division rival Denver Broncos.

Easily one of the most lopsided contests in either team's history.

But after total domination of the Donkeys, though Raider fans are pleased about the win, many are disappointed about the lack of credit, coverage and a total lack of respect this team is still facing.

Hell even one of the game commentators went as far as to point out that the Denver defense had "successfully" shut out DHB, while the Raiders were up five scores.

Despite all the great plays, highlights and excitement by the Raiders, teams like the Bills and Browns even got more face time and coverage on ESPN and SportsCenter.

The big question: What do the Raiders need to do to get some respect around here?

Or better yet...

Do the Raiders deserve any respect?

The answers are simple. If the Raiders want respect they have to earn it, and they have not earned it yet.

The Raiders have earned nothing and proven nothing, except that they can be inconsistent. One week the Raiders are 1-6 in the red zone, the next week they're routing the overrated Chargers 27-35.

One week the Raiders are handing the 49ers their only win of the season and unable to find the end zone, the next week they're setting franchise records for most points in a game.

Some may think that hammering a team 59-14 is enough to earn some respect, but I disagree. Last year, the Patriots won in a similar manner and they were bad-mouthed for running up the score. There is nothing admirable about beating the crap out of a crappy team.

If the Raiders want some respect, try doing that two weeks in a row. Or how about against a team with a winning record? Or how about having a winning record yourself?

The Raiders have played two teams this year with winning records, and lost both games.

In fact all three of the Raiders victories came against teams that are struggling and currently have losing records. The Chargers and Broncos are fighting to stay out of last in the division with 2-5 records, while the Rams are 3-4 and though they're looking better than last year, they still aren't a very good team.

Fortunately the Raiders' time to earn some respect is now. In the next two weeks they face two winning teams, both atop their respective divisions with 4-2 records: The Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs.

If the Raiders want some respect they'll have to beat at least one of these teams. Better yet, both of them. Two losses, or even just one blowout, would show that this team doesn't deserve any respect and is as bad as the media makes them out to be.

While two wins would prove that this team is legit and deserves some respect.

Like others have said, if they don't win next week the victory over the Broncos was nothing but a fancy win.

Now all Raider fans can do is sit and wait and see what team shows up on Sunday.

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