Some fans don't take the preseason games seriously. I do, because I see them as a simulation or a job interview in which you look closely at responses to determine who gets the jobs.
Juggling between two pro games is what I did last night. Since the Oakland Raiders will play the Houston Texans on October 9 and I will be there, I thought I would pay attention to the preseason performance of Houston.
Well, the Texans played a good game, and it was so good it looked like a regular season game. Maybe they put their best foot forward because they were playing the New Orleans Saints who won a Super Bowl two years ago.
It seems the Texans wanted to make a statement. No doubt they wanted to impress their new defensive coach Wade Phillips.
Well, the Oakland Raiders should have had more determination to impress their new head coach Hue Jackson. It was a little disappointing to know that not one touchdown was made.
Yes, Sebastian Janikowski stepped in and kicked the hell out of that football for one of those long field goals that lessened the disappointment of a shutout.
A shutout is often an indicator of a strong defense for one team and a weak O-line for the Oakland Raiders. According to most conversations, Hue Jackson has the skills and know-how to strengthen the O-line. Since this is only the preseason, there is still more time for the O-line to get it together.
It didn't help to see that Jason Campbell got injured and that a couple of other Raiders are banged up.
ESPN reported on a violent incident in or near the stadium as though it had some relevance to the outcome of the game. In my opinion, what happened off the playing field should not interfere with the determination and concentration of the Oakland Raiders to win on the playing field.
Yes, it's preseason so we will not linger in our disappointment.
We, too, are determined to support a team which definitely has the talent. Now they must learn to focus and be determined to win games, and get touchdowns.
Don't forget what our theme is: Just win, baby in 2011!