Those were the first words out of Tom Cable’s mouth when he addressed the media Sunday afternoon, and although there’s no doubt he was being honest, it’s a good bet that those words were severely understated. The Raiders, underdogs to most objective prognosticators, looked more like the Art Shell team of 2006 and nothing like the team that some have pegged to win the AFC West this year.
The Oakland Raiders weren’t able to overcome the big plays they allowed to the San Francisco 49ers Saturday night, losing 28-24 in their third preseason game of 2010. In the end, it was the 49ers’ final drive that lasted 8:31 and resulted in a touchdown and two-point conversion to ice the contest.
Hugh Jackson finally gave the media what they had been clamoring for since training camp started — a press conference. Here’s the transcript:
In Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers, one rookie had a bit of a coming out party. Raiders’ third-round pick from the 2009 NFL Draft is beginning to make some noise on the field. Against the Chargers, Matt Shaughnessy led in tackles with five and had the only sack (first of his career) on the day for the silver and black.
LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t rush for over 100 yards on the day, but the end result was the same. Tomlinson scored two touchdowns rushing and helped the Chargers defeat the Raiders 24-16, extending their winning streak over the silver and black to 13 games in over six seasons. The streak the Chargers are on is the longest active NFL streak of one team’s dominance over another.
Coming into their contest with the Oakland Raiders, the Philadelphia Eagles had only allowed six sacks the entire season. The Raiders helped double that figure in a matter of three hours on Sunday.
After taking a day off, the Oakland Raiders continued to prepare for Philadelphia on Wednesday.
The first two games, the Raiders were outscored 34-33, but they were able to pull out a win. Since that time, the Raiders have been outscored 96-16 in three straight losses.
One of the biggest issues going forward for the Oakland Raiders is the murderer’s row of teams they’ll face in the second quarter of the season.
The 1-1 Oakland Raiders will take on the 2-0 Denver Broncos at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum today. The Raiders come into the game mired in a passing game slump, while the Broncos are still trying to find a consistent offensive output.
The Raiders waived Louis Rankin in order to promote Jonathan Holland from the practice squad. Holland will be in the lineup as a cornerback and a possible kick and punt returner. Michael Huff will be starting at free safety in place of Hiram Eugene who is inactive today due to a lower leg injury.