From day one, I did not think the Carson Palmer trade would work out for Oakland Raiders. Not this year, at least. But for a few weeks there, I was ready to admit I was wrong and move on.
Now, Oakland is giving validation to my pessimistic predictions.
I am not a "Raider Hater." I just think it is impossible to take a quarterback off the couch and throw him into a playoff race, no matter the QB.
Predictably, the Raiders have spun their tires since the trade for Palmer, going 3-3. Even if you take out Palmer's three-interception debut (it was simply unfair to throw Palmer into that game), he still has six interceptions in five games.
The embarrassing 20-point loss to the Miami Dolphins does not bode well for a team facing the Green Bay Packers next Sunday. After the Packers, the Detroit Lions come for a visit and will be playing with their backs against the wall.
The Raiders finish with two division games against the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers. That could easily be a 1-3 stretch to finish the season, and they have already lost their AFC West lead to the Denver Broncos.
On top of trying to throw Palmer into the fire, this team is the most penalized in the NFL. Lack of discipline does not bode well for any potential playoff squad.