Will This be Russell's Week?

greg pitschSenior Analyst ISeptember 24, 2008

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During the first three weeks of the NFL, there have been a lot of angry teams, and coaches. Some screaming at the media, and others at themselves. In Raider land we have had to put up with a lot of rumors about Lane Kiffin getting the axe.

Many reports predict Monday, then say Tuesday, because it didn't happen Monday. I for one think Al has finally seen a Raiders team that was actually woth watching and has decided to pull the hounds back. After a bitter loss Sunday even Al saw the positives. His team is in the mix.

So that brings me to my point for the week: Lane Kiffin has breathing room. This may be the week that JaMarcus Russell gets to pass the ball 20 or more times. Seeing that this might be a do or die game for the coach, but also for the team, being 1-3 without a coach is pretty difficult.

In the second home game of the season, we are already going to have an idea of what our division is about this year. The Broncos look like a team that can put up big numbers on any team. And the Chargers, well they are week to week. In this particular game we are going to need an early lead to give us the opportunity to run right at them, which will then open the field for Russell to complete passes on third downs.

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