Oakland Raiders: Don't Look Now, but the Silver and Black Have the Upper Hand

Jarrod CooperCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2010

DENVER - OCTOBER 24:  Defensive end Richard Seymour #92 of the Oakland Raiders throws running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos to the ground in the fourth quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 59-14. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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With a mind blowing victory over the Denver Broncos people still will not give the Raiders any credit. Don't get me wrong there has been a lot of compliments on behalf of the Raiders for there victory over the Broncos, but at the same time there is a under tone to it that makes me mad. 

It is not a fluke to beat a NFL team 59 to 14, it proves that one team showed up to play, and one team didn't.  It happens all over the NFL every week, it  happened in the New Orleans game against the Cleveland Browns, as the Browns went into the Saints home and danced all over their face.    

What is my point, my point is how can the 2-5 Browns be glorified like they just won the Super Bowl for winning their second game of the season, and the Raiders only get mentioned because the Broncos played bad.  Oakland has worked themselves into such a deep hole with the NFL, it will take a Super Bowl appearance to get people to believe in them again. 

You would think that one of the top stories around the NFL this week would be the slaying of the Denver Broncos, especially when the now defensive coordinator (Don “Wink” Martindale) of the Broncos use to be a defensive coach at Oakland.  . 

Lets talk about Oakland's true situation, the Raiders are in one of the best striking position in the NFL.  They have no expectations from anyone but themselves, and right now they sit at the top of the AFC west within a game and half of Kansas City. 

The team proved this week that they can play with any team in the NFL when they show up.  Even with the offensive line continuing to look like a baby's dirty diaper, and  players losing their patients with the organization, the Raiders are finding more then one way to over come it. 

One of my big concerns is Jason Campbell he has been famous throughout his career to show up for one game and not the next.  Problem solved if the rest of the team can shine like they did against the Broncos, it won't make a difference if he shows up or not.  Now that we all know what the Raiders are made of the bar has been set.  Anything less then what the Raiders showed us on Sunday will be judged very hard.

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The player performance of the Raiders this weekend should prove to everyone that the NFL is a players game.  Good coaching is nice to have, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty the players have to performer in order to win.  Tom Cable didn't have to do anything but sit back and watch as the players performed the way we have expected them to all year. 

I am not trying to discredit Tom, he does that on his own, but I have always said "that the blame is seldom put on the right person, and others times people will stand up and take credit when its not there's to take." 

So sit down, Tom Cable, and let the players take the credit or the blame for their own performances.  Stop telling everyone that it's your own fault for the performance of the players.  I know you're trying to help, but you can't please everyone and that makes you look like a doo boy and players do not respect that weak mindset.

Any score less then a 10 would be unsuitable for the way the Raiders performed in week seven.  Not to say the Raiders played without mistakes, but who cares when you rip out your opponent's heart and hold it in front of them while your laughing at them, like the Raiders did the Broncos. 

I love that the fans have been recharged with the wins over San Diego and  Denver Broncos, one more step to a winning season.  I usually don't do this but I am predicting a win over the Seahawks this week.

Jarrod Cooper
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