Well, that one hurt. I know I'm a little late to the party, but the loss from last week stings no less.
We had it. We lost it. Gave it away, really. It wasn't pretty on defense, but the offense was lights out. I say the defense got tired after the brutal scheduling, and it was obvious. No excuse; just an explanation. Still, you have to be able to stop a team even once, and the Raiders couldn't do that.
After the first half of the Bills game, it looked like the Raiders would waltz into this game unfettered, with the East Coast monkey off their back and a fresh set of confidence to meet the Jets head on.
Now? Well, this team is still confident, which is encouraging. But they are also upset, embarrassed and pissed off. That's also encouraging.
The Raiders played a complete game for one half, and the defense fell asleep in the second. We've seen some good things through the first two weeks, and, unfortunately, some of the same old, same old.
The Jets come to town this weekend, and I hate the Jets. I have hated them always, and though I find Rex Ryan entertaining, the arrogance that drips from the franchise since he got there is just off-putting. The Raiders need to bounce back from a tough loss and stick it to the Jets in front of a rare sellout crowd in Oakland.
The Black Hole will be full of animals, and Raider Nation will be in full throat, of that you can be sure.
Who's under pressure going into the Jets game? What did we learn last week? Can the Raiders beat the Jets? Will they?
Let's find out.