My Premature Negative Reaction to Sunday’s Game

Darren McFadden has been officially ruled out versus the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

I felt like I just got kicked in the balls (and I’m a girl). So because I’ll probably be too distraught and/or drunk to care to write, here is a future post of my reaction to the outcome of the game:

We just got beat by Tim Tebow. Tim (insert expletive here) Tebow*. I knew it. I just knew it. When McFadden was officially ruled out of this game, I knew it would not be pretty, and I knew I’d feel bad, but I didn’t think I’d feel this bad. Michael Bush performed admirably, as he did in the Kansas City game, but he’s no Run DMC. Our offense is not as dynamic without him in the mix.

*Clearly, I have no problem with swearing, but when Tim Tebow does stuff like this, I feel like I’ll burst up in flames and go straight to hell if I did. Actually, I’ll probably go to hell for various other reasons, but I just feel bad using a curse word in his name.

You’d think after two weeks of learning the playbook, that Carson Palmer would have the offense running a little better than that (opposed to the 3-days he had versus Kansas City resulting in an expected god-awful performance). I didn’t expect a well-oiled machine, but I did expect something better than what I just watched. Well, fine, I won’t put all the blame on him. That was a perfect ball he threw on 3rd and 4 that went right through Jacoby Ford’s hands. He should have caught it. I yelled so many obscenities at the TV my mama would be disappointed. Where’s Jacoby “Big Game” Ford been all year? TRADE HIM. Loser.

Housh (T.J. Houshmandzadeh) seems to still have some sort of chemistry with Palmer, which is a good sign but good lord does he look slow out there. I guess the Raiders are looking for a decent slot receiver anyway, so his role will be quite different than the one he had with the Bengals. T.J. Houshmandsadeh, the new Wes Welker? I gotta see it to believe it.

I’m as pessimistic of Palmer as ever. The Bronco D isn’t even that good. They’re slow and they can’t tackle. Why does it take him so long to pass the damn ball? How many times was he sacked today? 15? 43? Oh, just 3. Well, it felt like double digits. And don’t give me that the offensive line didn’t do their job. Jason Campbell was barely sacked when he was behind center.

And don’t even get me started on the defense, which has been an aberration all season. What’s with Richard Seymour being too hyped for these games and drawing penalties? He should know by now that there’s a conspiracy against the Raiders, and refs seems to throw the flag a lot more freely against the Silver and Black, than they do against say, the Red, White, and Blue. Our secondary is a piece of shit as expected. I don’t even remember the names of the receivers who caught the TDs. And I’m pretty sure one of the announcers had to look up the name on his roster sheet cause he couldn’t recognize the player by number alone.

And this is an open request to Rolando McClain: Remind me again when will you be Patrick Willis? I’m still waiting on this.

I love Darren McFadden, but it seriously blows that the offense relies on him so heavily. And it blows even more that his health is a bigger concern than I had imagined. I’m still reluctant to say it, but he may, possibly be the dreaded label of injury prone.

This was awful. Just awful. I should be content with a .500 (4-4) record from the Raiders at this point considering they’ve been wretched for the past 7+ years. But what’s happening for them right now is a golden opportunity to which they’re not taking advantage. The class of the AFC West, the San Diego Chargers, are struggling mightily. The Chiefs don’t know if they’re a good team or bad team right now (I’ll err on the bad team side, despite the fact that they destroyed us and that I wear Silver and Black blinders). And The Broncos…whatever.

As far as talent goes, the Raiders are just as talented, if not, more talented than the Chargers at the moment. They’re definitely younger, which is a plus. And they’re also coached better (Norv Turner should have been fired years ago). I don’t know many SD fans that would disagree with me. And if you do, well…it’s not the first time someone has disagreed with something I’ve said. And you’re wrong.

The Raiders just frustrate the hell out of me. I swear, they’re like that good friend that’s been through rehab over and over. You want them to do so well, but when they keep shooting themselves in the foot and not learning from past mistakes, there’s only so much love you can give them after a while before you say enough. You figure it out yourself.

Next is San Diego. It’s a chance for them to redeem themselves from this horrific performance. I wish I could see into my crystal ball now. In fact, no. They might just piss me off again.

Ahh I just felt like I was in a session with my therapist*. That felt good.

Now, here’s to hoping that none of this comes true. Cheers!

*I don’t have a therapist, but I probably should get one.

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