Oakland Raiders: After The Pain, Keep Moving On Up

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IINovember 2, 2009

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 1:   Quarterback JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders is sacked by Steve Gregory #28 of the San DIego Chargers in the 2nd half on November 1, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Several years ago, a television show had a theme: Moving on up. Another phrase in the song said, ".....we finally got a piece of the pie."

Well, the Oakland Raiders certainly did improve in performance on Nov. 1, 2009, in the game against the San Diego Chargers.

The Raiders had a bit more spunk. They fought and played like they meant it. The results were far removed from a shutout, and they were within arms reach of a tie or victory.

It is evident that some learning is going on. Most of all, JR had a completion-attempt ratio wavering from about .6 to .7 which, at several moments, was above the ratio of the opponent's quarterback.

It seems that JR and Fargas made better connections during the game. Russell aimed toward Fargas, and Fargas was in place to receive the ball, more than once, I might add.

I agree that much more needs to be done. However, we must recognize improvement, and salute that, too.

I know we lost. But, we surprised San Diego, and gave them more fight than they expected.

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You can be sure they were a bit rattled that Oakland was pressing so hard to win the game.

The progress may be in baby steps, however, steps are being made, and Oakland is moving on up.

Now, keep it up. Don't do as one book title says, "One step forward, and two steps backwards."

After the pain of this loss, get focused this week and during the bye week, and keep moving on up, in points and wins.

We love you, even after the pain of the Nov. 1. 2009 results.

And by the way, when the enemy wants to take over the house of a strong man, he attacks the strong man. So, the shifty ESPN story was released on Nov. 1, a sure indication that the Oakland Raiders are under attack by the media.

The media attempted to attack the coach, in the hopes of unnerving the entire team.

We see the ploys. We see the questionable practices. We will stand strong, and we will fight back. No matter what rises up against the Oakland Raiders and the Raider Nation, we are going to "keep moving on up."

Got it? Good. Now, let's move it on up!

Finally, as I studied the Gamecast data and charts, a sequence of moments that were an indication of the "spark and spunk" of the Raiders are listed here, from the play-by-play archives in the third quarter, of the Gamecast:

Oakland Raiders at 13:33



1st and 10 at OAK 47

J.Fargas right end to SD 46 for 7 yards (S.Merriman, B.Siler).



2nd and 3 at SD 46

J.Fargas left guard to SD 44 for 2 yards (E.Weddle).



3rd and 1 at SD 44

J.Fargas right tackle to SD 42 for 2 yards (L.Castillo).



1st and 10 at SD 42

J.Russell pass short right to Z.Miller to SD 31 for 11 yards (K.Ellison, E.Weddle).



1st and 10 at SD 31

M.Bush left end to SD 30 for 1 yard (O.Nwagbuo, B.Siler).



2nd and 9 at SD 30

J.Russell sacked at SD 31 for -1 yards (S.Phillips).



3rd and 10 at SD 31

(Shotgun) J.Russell pass short right to J.Fargas pushed ob at SD 24 for 7 yards (B.Siler).



4th and 3 at SD 24

S.Janikowski 41 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Condo, Holder-S.Lechler.




S.Janikowski kicks 71 yards from OAK 30 to SD -1. D.Sproles to SD 38 for 39 yards (M.Mitchell, I.Ekejiuba).



DRIVE TOTALS: OAK 13, SD 21, 8 plays, 29 yards, 4:24 elapsed


I enjoyed the game on Nov. 1. 2009.


Did you?