The Raiders blew a golden opportunity to seize control of their destiny last Sunday with a meltdown in the second half that was almost beautiful in its ugliness.
Once Carson Palmer's high pass to Jacoby Ford was tipped and intercepted, nothing went right for the Raiders. It would be comforting to blame the powers that be or some kind of freak kismet for the Raiders struggles, but truth be told they simply beat themselves in every way possible.
The self-immolation was as sadistic as it was masochistic, as Raider Nation saw hopes of yet another season circling the drain as the team packed it in and let the Tim Tebow-led Broncos run all over them in the second half. It was painful and hurtful to watch, and too reminiscent of Raider teams of recent vintage.
It's not time to push the panic button quite yet, as despite the Raiders ridiculous implosion the Kansas City Chiefs suffered an even more embarrassing loss, and the Chargers remained the Chargers and lost to a juggernaut Packers squad. Things are still even Steven at the top of the AFC West, with the Raiders traveling to San Diego tonight with first place on the line, and their season in the balance.
Will Carson Palmer bounce back and play well under pressure? Will the Raiders stop gifting their opponents third down conversions with stupid, ill-timed penalties? Can this sinking feeling that the season is going down the toilet be quelled?
Let's find out.