Oakland Raiders and the Raider Nation Need to Stop Panicking

D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIDecember 12, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders makes a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The last two weeks have been ugly all around for the Oakland Raiders, no doubt.  Being outscored the past two weeks 80-30 with most of those 30 points coming against prevent defenses is very discouraging for the offense.  Also discouraging is the way that Chuck Bresnahan's defense has played over the last two weeks.

The Raiders are currently the ninth seed in the AFC behind the Broncos in the division and behind the Jets, Titans and Bengals in the wild-card race.  

Everybody is calling for a number of dramatic things ranging from playing Terrelle Pryor to firing Hue Jackson and releasing Carson Palmer.  Those three scenarios I just listed are all tied for the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

Play Pryor?  Fire Jackson?  Release Palmer?  Do you people want to hand Tim Tebow the division title? Do you want the Raiders to regress back to the days of the mid-2000s?  

Pryor is young and inexperienced.  Tell me how he will be better than Palmer.  With the team at 7-6 how can those people be so pessimistic with two of the next three games against the Chiefs and Chargers? If you haven't been watching, the Lions have lost three of their last five while the Chiefs have fired Todd Haley and the Raiders have won three in a row over San Diego.

Hue Jackson is the reason that the Raiders offense has had life the past two seasons.  He brought Darren McFadden to the MVP level when he isn't on the shelf.  Jackson has made a true receiver out of Darrius Heyward-Bey.  Jackson has brought trickery into the Raiders offense.  

It also doesn't help that Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford are injured as well as McFadden

If anyone should be fired it should be Chuck Bresnahan.  

Carson Palmer has gone from sitting on a couch to leading this team in the playoff race and these people are going to condemn the trade because he has had trouble with a new offense that he is learning without a training camp or preseason. I vote Palmer as the Raiders starter from here forward and thank Jason Campbell for being a class act and respectable QB in his two years here.

The Raiders' remaining schedule has them against a Lions team that has struggled lately followed by winnable division games at Kansas City (and interim coach Romeo Crennel) and then the Chargers (with lame duck coach Norv Turner).

The Raiders own the tie-breaker over the sixth seed Jets and are just one game back with three to go. Although I was hoping for a division title a few weeks ago, I will settle for any playoff spot after nine years of being mathematically eliminated no later than early December.