In a classic skit from Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle insults co-star Charlie Murphy's clothing by declaring:
"What can I say about that suit that hasn't already been said about Afghanistan? It looks bombed-out and depleted."
The same can now be said of the Oakland Raiders.
Whether it's injuries, lack of discipline, or just plain shortage of playmaking talent, the excuses are multiple. But the fact is this team is on life support.
The Raiders have been outscored—no, make that utterly dominated—80-30 in their last two games. They've been completely blown out, and they showed no life whatsoever after getting down early against the Packers on Sunday.
So, what can be done to right the ship?
For starters, getting their three most explosive offensive players back in the lineup would help. Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford and Denaruis Moore have each missed multiple games, leaving quarterback Carson Palmer with few options, including stone-handed Darrius Heyward-Bey.
We're told almost weekly that McFadden will return from the mysterious foot sprain that has kept him out of the last six games. But as the losses mount, McFadden remains on the sidelines, and the Broncos continue to win, now controlling the AFC West.
But even the return of the Raiders' major offensive weapons won't solve the problem completely. They seem off-balance on defense, and their secondary surrenders too many big plays.
Discipline is also an issue, as they continue to be heavily penalized every game.
So, are the Raiders finished? Maybe.
It appears there will be only one playoff team coming from the AFC West, so winning the division is most likely the only option. With the inexplicable Tebow phenomenon happening in Denver, the depleted Raiders will face an uphill battle to reclaim a playoff spot.
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