A group of Oakland Raiders fans got dressed and went to a restaurant with 36 television screens. We were excited. We were looking for a victory.
During the first half of the game, the Oakland Raiders kept up with the Texans and at halftime the score was tied.
After the break at halftime we expected a type of force and determination to move the score up for the Raiders, separating them from the tie, which suggested that they were evenly matched with the Texans in this game and at this time.
Things went wrong. Things started looking grim for the Oakland Raiders. The television camera showed the stands and it looked like so many seats were vacant near the end of the fourth quarter.
One thing that pops out in my eyes is the pattern of the win-loss record for three consecutive years.
Here is the data for the first four games of the regular season for 2008 through 2010:
This data shows a pattern that raises concern. If the pattern is extrapolated based on what happened in 2008 and 2009, then the change anticipated is yet to come.
This is an alert. Something has to change. Seeing is believing but what we are seeing is hard to believe after so many made a forecast that the Oakland Raiders were going to do so much better in 2010.
I look at it like this. There are 16 games. The Raiders have won one game during this regular season. There is a midpoint of eight games. Four of those games have been played preceding the midpoint.
The Raiders missed out on a "must win" today. Nnamdi Asomugha said that the Oakland Raiders "must win." It did not happen.
The Oakland Raiders can "save face" if they can win three games before the midpoint is attained. Is that asking too much? I don't think so.
The spirit of the Raider Nation needs a lift. With the patterns of the past two years repeating, it is poisoning our hope that things have changed.
Another observation is that the quarterback has changed, but the pattern, so far, remains the same.
Something has to happen. A change has to come, soon and very soon,.
Go Raiders! We love you and we still believe in a commitment to excellence.